10 Most Anticipated Books of August 2023: Embark on a literary journey filled with intrigue, emotion, and imagination as we unveil the most eagerly awaited books gracing the shelves in August 2023. From established best-selling authors to promising newcomers, this month’s literary lineup promises to captivate readers from all walks of life. As the sweltering summer days give way to the first hints of autumn, these upcoming releases beckon us to explore new worlds, grapple with profound truths, and lose ourselves in the magic of words.
10 Most Anticipated Books of August 2023
- “The Connellys of County Down” by Tracey Lange
- “Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett
- “Good Bad Girl” by Alice Feeney
- “After That Night” by Karin Slaughter
- “Just Another Missing Person” by Gillian McAllister
- “The Apology” by Jimin Han
- “Learned by Heart” by Emma Donoghue
- “The Invisible Hour: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman
- “With Love, From Cold World” by Alicia Thompson
- “Vampires of El Norte” by Isabel Cañas
“The Connellys of County Down” by Tracey Lange
Tracey Lange, the NY Times bestselling author, delivers a compelling story of familial love and loyalty in “The Connellys of County Down”. Tara Connelly, a former prisoner, grapples with a new life amid her siblings’ personal struggles. Her life becomes even more complex due to an overbearing cop and an unlikely romance. As the family’s secrets begin to expose, they are forced to confront their fears or risk losing each other forever. This touching narrative not only examines the potential for a fresh start but also addresses the perils of concealing harsh truths. Lange masterfully navigates the themes of redemption, love, and truth-telling in this gripping novel.
“Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett
“Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett is a reflective novel that captures both the simplicity and complexity of familial love and the stages of life. As Lara’s daughters return to their family orchard, they delve into their mother’s past, engaging in the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she had a love affair. As they journey through their mother’s memories, the daughters reassess their lives and their understanding of the world. Exploring themes of youthful and marital love, and the hidden chapters of parents’ lives before children, “Tom Lake” is both a hopeful and elegiac examination of happiness amid a crumbling world, presented with Patchett’s trademark narrative mastery and insightful understanding of family dynamics.
“Good Bad Girl” by Alice Feeney
This riveting tale traces two interconnected crimes spanning two decades – a stolen baby and a nursing home murder. Key to unravelling the mystery is a ‘good bad girl’, encompassing three women – Edith, an octogenarian plotting escape; Patience, a nursing home worker harboring lies; and Clio, Edith’s estranged daughter about to encounter a threatening stranger. As they navigate distrust and danger, they strive to unearth the truth about the vanished baby and the lost mother, revealing their deep connections. Expect the unexpected in this pulse-pounding thriller!
“After That Night” by Karin Slaughter
In “After That Night”, the latest electrifying thriller in the Will Trent series, acclaimed author Karin Slaughter brings back GBI investigator Will Trent and medical examiner Sara Linton. Sara, now a successful doctor, had her life irrevocably altered fifteen years ago due to a violent assault. Just as she’s left the past behind, an eerily similar attack on a young woman in her ER thrusts her back into her haunting memories. As Will Trent investigates the assault, he discovers an uncanny link to Sara’s past. This suspenseful narrative explores how one evening can change everything, even when the past has seemingly been put to rest.
“Just Another Missing Person” by Gillian McAllister
In “Just Another Missing Person”, Gillian McAllister, the renowned author of the NY Times bestseller “Wrong Place Wrong Time”, delivers another heart-stopping thriller. Detective Julia, while investigating the disappearance of 22-year-old Olivia, unwittingly ventures too close to home. The malefactor uses an unexpected weapon – a deep, dark secret of hers – turning this case into an impossible ethical dilemma. Julia must decide whether to solve Olivia’s case, potentially endangering her family, or frame someone else. This masterfully woven suspenseful narrative, infused with a nuanced exploration of family and motherhood, blurs the lines between right and wrong, leaving readers pondering the moral complexities.
“The Apology” by Jimin Han
“The Apology” by Jimin Han is a poignant tale of sisterhood, diaspora, and historical reverberations. At its heart is Jeonga Cha, a 105-year-old South Korean woman whose past decision to send her daughter-in-law to America to conceal an illegitimate birth resurfaces with haunting implications. Straddling both the ghost story and family epic genres, the narrative examines the erosion of familial bonds, the tension between Jeonga and her rebellious sisters, and the future of the family she strived to safeguard. Spanning from the era of Japanese colonialism to the Korean War, this engrossing novel presents an unforgettable centenarian’s perspective on history and heritage.
“Learned by Heart” by Emma Donoghue
Unearthed from the depths of history, the novel tells the tale of Eliza Raine and Anne Lister, two girls who fall profoundly in love within the confines of a 19th-century York boarding school. With a narrative enriched by Donoghue’s extensive research and insights from Anne Lister’s five-million-word secret journal, the book presents a deeply layered, emotionally intense exploration of their clandestine love. This extraordinary work of historical fiction captures their entwined lives with heartbreak and passion, creating a timeless love story that transcends societal constraints.
“The Invisible Hour: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman
Penned by celebrated author Alice Hoffman, “The Invisible Hour” is an enchanting exploration of love, heartbreak, and self-discovery, intertwined with the magic of literature. It delves into the life of Mia Jacob, who finds solace in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” when her existence within an oppressive cult becomes unbearable. In her struggle, she discovers the powerful bond between reader and writer, and the transformative effect of literature. As Mia breaks free from her shackles, she embarks on a temporal journey, facing existential questions around her connection to Hawthorne’s work. A riveting tale that champions the enduring power of dreams.
“With Love, From Cold World” by Alicia Thompson
In “With Love, from Cold World”, penned by Alicia Thompson, you’ll be drawn into a delightful romantic comedy. This is the story of Lauren Fox, a bookkeeper working in a unique winter wonderland tourist spot, Cold World, located ironically in humid Orlando, Florida. When tasked to enhance revenue, Lauren finds herself in a competitive yet humorous battle with her fun-loving coworker, Asa Williamson. But their rivalry soon transforms into an unexpected bond as they race against time to save Cold World. Through their struggle, they discover an unexpected, heated attraction between them, rendering their task more interesting and complicating. A humorous, warm-hearted tale of unexpected love and resilience.
“Vampires of El Norte” by Isabel Cañas
“Vampires of El Norte” by Isabel Cañas blends horror, historical fiction, and gothic fantasy into a captivating narrative. In 1840s Mexico, Nena, a rancher’s daughter, finds herself in a world threatened by both Anglo settlers and a mysterious blood-draining creature. After a childhood attack, she reunites with Néstor, her presumed-dead sweetheart, amidst the U.S. invasion. As a healer striving to prove herself and avoid a forced marriage, Nena encounters Néstor in the auxiliary cavalry, their reunion tainted by shock and unresolved emotions. The emergence of a living nightmare propels them to confront their past and work together for survival, crafting a thrilling tale of love, conflict, and the supernatural.