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Most Anticipated Reads of 2018

Happy New Year! With the New Year comes a brand new reading year, and there is much to look forward to! Here are the top titles that I can’t wait to get my hands on in order of release date.

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Release Date: 1/2/18

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This has been described as a masterful, immersive, psychological suspense novel that will recall Hitchcock and Rear Window for its readers. You experience this novel through the unhinged and disoriented perspective of a woman suffering from agoraphobia. Anna Fox lives alone in New York City, unable to leave her home, she spends her days watching old black and white film noirs, and spying on her neighbors. When she sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble. As Anna seems to lose touch with reality, so does the reader. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Twists and turns take the reader on quite a ride, as little by little we discover what is really going on. This book is being developed into a film by Fox 2000 Pictures.
Update: Read my review HERE.

The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor
Release Date: 1/9/18

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This is another book that is getting a lot of buzz in 2018. If you’re a member of the Book of the Month club, it was one of the available books for December. It follows a group of teens through a series of tragedies that happen in the small English village where they grew up, starting with a horrific accident at the carnival and ending with the discovery of a dismembered body of a girl. With a few gory scenes, it will have you thinking Stephen King, but with the alternating chapters between past and present with this childhood group of friends, fans of Ruth Ware will also feel right at home. Whichever writing style it reminds you of, the many twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.
Update: Read my review HERE.

Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Release Date: 2/6/18

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Jane Harper’s debut novel, The Dry, ended up on numerous Best Books of 2017 lists, so her second novel is sure to be a slam dunk. Jane Harper shifts the setting of her story from the drought that was like a second character in The Dry to the equally atmospheric environment of the Giralong Ranges. When five colleagues reluctantly go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness and one of them goes missing, Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk, who was introduced to us in The Dry, is called in to investigate. With alternating chapters between Falk’s investigation and the hiker’s account of what happened, it soon becomes clear that there are as many versions of what happened as there are characters and it’s no easy task to separate fact from fiction.
Update: Read my review HERE.

The Sandman by Lars Kepler
Release Date: 3/6/18

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This one will appeal to fans of Scandinavian greats like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. Thirteen years after Mikael Koehler-Frost went missing, along with his sister, he is found wandering the streets of Stockholm, believed to have been one of the victims of notorious serial killer Jurek Walter. Mikael tells the police his sister is still alive and being held by someone only known as The Sandman. Convinced Jurek Walter now has an accomplish, the police now must go undercover to the maximum security psychiatric hospital where Jurek is serving a life sentence to get him to talk. With it’s meticulous plotting, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and an almost mythic serial killer, this book is sure to be 2018 hit.
Update: Read my review HERE.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Release Date: 3/13/18

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Sometimes I Lie is THE twisty, addictive, psychological thriller of the Spring. Still on trend with big-name psychological thrillers like Gone Girl, this novel is wholly unique, inventive, and shocking.

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in the hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everything around her, but no one knows this. She doesn’t remember what happened to her, but she suspects her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between the present, the week before her accident, and her past, this book will have you questioning everything you think you know about these characters, and being dead wrong. Nothing is as it seems, and you are always one step behind the author. Buckle up for a thrill ride like no other.
Update: Read my review HERE.

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
Release Date: 4/10/18

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This is part of a project by The Hogarth Shakespeare library where they have enlisted a number of international bestselling authors to do a modern-day retelling of some of Shakespeare’s greatest works. Jo Nesbo, author of the Harry Hole detective series, is retelling Macbeth. Set in the 1970’s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Release Date: 5/29/18

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I can’t wait for this one! I’ve loved her other books, In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. In this one, Harriet Westaway, better known as Hal, receives a letter that her grandmother, Hester Westaway has passed away and all of the beneficiaries are to meet at her estate, Trespassen House for a reading of the will. The only problem is, Hester Westaway is not Hal’s grandmother. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. Seeing this as a way out of her financial problems, Hal boards a train for Cornwall, and prepares for the con of her life. But something is very, very wrong at Trepassen House.  Hal is not the only person with a secret, and it seems that someone may be prepared to do almost anything to keep theirs hidden.

This Agatha Christie-like plot sounds amazing, and I for one, cannot wait to get my hands on this one. If you haven’t read anything by Ruth Ware yet, now is the perfect time to catch up on her back list! All three of her previous novels are being turned into movies.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
Release Date: 6/19/18

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I loved her debut novel, Behind Closed Doors, so I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve this time. Bring Me Back promises to be a new twisty, gripping read. When a young couple on vacation stop at a gas station, the husband goes inside, only to come back out to find his wife is missing and is never heard from again. That is until he comes home from work one day and finds his fiancée turning something over in her hand, something only he and his former wife would know about. Has she somehow resurfaced or is someone messing with his head? I can’t wait to find out.
Update: Read my review HERE.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Release Date: 7/10/18

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There are some authors that I don’t even have to read the synapses to know I’m going to read their next book. Riley Sager, the author of Final Girls, one of my favorite novels of 2017, is just that author for me. I don’t need the synapses, but in case you do, it’s about a young woman as she returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago. It’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin. As she digs deeper, she finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present. The closer she gets to the truth, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly pri

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