In my humble opinion anyway, here are five fiction books coming your way from January – May (well my January choice has been released, so you can start reading that right now!) that are all worthy of a place on your 2019 TBR list. A true perk of being a book blogger is helping to spread the word about upcoming book releases and letting people know about their amazingness.
So, here is your first dose of 2019 bookish amazingness…
THE HUNTING PARTY by LUCY FOLEY
/ Released: 24th January
/ Published by: HarperCollins
/ Genre: Murder Mystery
/ Why you’ll love it: Because the ghost of Agatha Christie delightfully haunts these pages.
/ Plot synopsis: Nine University friends decide to spend New Year’s Eve in an isolated Scottish resort and things soon take a sinister turn. Not only are we kept guessing about the murderer, but we’re not told who the victim is either until near the end. AND YET the suspense thrums from the pages and you become emotionally invested. Genius.
BLOOD ORANGE by HARRIET TYCE
/ Released: 21st February
/ Published by: Wildfire
/ Genre: Psychological Thriller
/ Why you’ll love it: Because it’s sharp, clever and you’ll never see the ending coming.
/ Plot synopsis: Alison is a mother, wife and successful lawyer – about to embark on her first murder trial – but she is also having an affair and has a drinking problem. When things start escalating out of her control, she is never sure if it is all due to her bad choices or if something more sinister is happening to her…
LAST ONES LEFT ALIVE by SARAH DAVIS-GOFF
/ Released: 7th March
/ Published by: Tinder Press
/ Genre: Dystopian
/ Why you’ll love it: Because it gives a dystopian nightmare a human touch.
/ Plot synopsis: 13-year-old Orpen lives in Ireland, which is now a desolate place. Any humans still alive spend their time protecting themselves against skrake – zombie-like creatures that roam the country. Orpen’s guardian Maeve has been bitten, so she’s desperately trying to get her to Phoenix City, where she’s sure she can get help and save Maeve. This is her journey, told through her eyes.
THE DOLL FACTORY by ELIZABETH MACNEAL
/ Released: 2nd May
/ Published by: Picador
/ Genre: Victorian Gothic
/ Why you’ll love it: Because it executes a story of obsession and love so well.
/ Plot synopsis: We are effortlessly transported back to the sights, smells and sounds of Victorian London where twins Iris and Rose work in a doll shop and two very different men have their sights on Iris. Artist Louis wants her to be his muse and taxidermist Silas has a far creepier things in mind…
LITTLE DARLINGS by MELANIE GOLDING
/ Released: 2nd May
/ Published by: HQ
/ Genre: Psychological Mystery
/ Why you’ll love it: Because you’re never sure what’s real or what’s not.
/ Plot synopsis: Is Lauren suffering from postpartum psychosis or is something / someone really intent on stealing her babies? Little Darlings weaves the folklore of Changelings into a contemporary story that never drops its tense atmosphere and is enthralling all the way through.
Hope you enjoy these upcoming releases. I’ll do another roundup later in the year, so keep an eye out for that!