April 2023 promises to be an exciting month for book lovers, with an array of highly anticipated titles set to hit the shelves. From thought-provoking nonfiction to gripping thrillers, there’s something for everyone in this month’s releases. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the 15 most anticipated books of April 2023, providing a sneak peek into the plots, themes, and authors behind these highly anticipated titles. Whether you’re looking for a page-turner to get lost in or a book that will challenge your thinking, these upcoming releases are not to be missed. So mark your calendars and get ready to add these books to your reading list!
15 Most Anticipated Books of April 2023
- Happy Place by Emily Henry
- Homecoming by Kate Morton
- Advika and the Hollywood Wives by Kirthana Ramisetti
- Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
- The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth
- The House is on Fire by Rachel Beanland
- In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune
- King of Wrath by Ana Huang
- With My Little Eye by Joshilyn Jackson
- Before We Were Innocent by Ella Berman
- The Only Survivors by Megan Miranda
- The Bone Shard War (Drowning Empire #3) by Andrea Stewart
- Simply Lies by David Baldacci
- Be the Bus: The Lost & Profound Wisdom of The Pigeon by Mo Willems
- Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocumb
Happy Place by Emily Henry
After six months apart, Harriet and Wyn find themselves reunited in the largest bedroom of a Maine cottage during their annual group getaway. Surrounded by coastal air, abundant seafood, cheese, wine, and their closest friends, the pair must grapple with their unspoken past and the undeniable attraction that still exists between them. Complicating matters further is the impending sale of the cottage, leaving Harriet and Wyn with only one more week to navigate their feelings for each other. As they navigate this precarious situation, they must decide whether it’s worth risking their friendships and being truthful about their past, or continuing to deceive those closest to them.
Homecoming by Kate Morton
Jess hurries back from London to Sydney to attend to her grandmother, who has been hospitalized following a fall. While sorting through her grandmother’s belongings, Jess stumbles upon a journal chronicling a true crime story. The journal details a heinous murder that took place on Christmas Eve in 1959 at a shadowy estate. Intrigued by the case and its possible links to her own family’s past, Jess takes it upon herself to investigate further, utilizing her journalistic skills.
Advika and the Hollywood Wives by Kirthana Ramisetti
On April 11, Kirthana Ramisetti’s latest book is set to hit the shelves, offering readers a thrilling story of marriage, scandal, and the perils of fame. The plot centers around a 26-year-old screenwriter whose aspirations and dreams of love are ignited when she meets a charming film producer twice her age. Despite their age difference, the two get married, only for the protagonist to uncover her husband’s dark and twisted past with his former partners. With its page-turning narrative and suspenseful plot, Ramisetti’s book is sure to captivate readers and keep them on the edge of their seats.
Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
In her upcoming book, Romantic Comedy, Curtis Sittenfeld delves into the subgenre of romantic comedies. Despite being well-known for her astutely observed twists on classic literature and real American history, Sittenfeld takes a departure from her usual style to tell the story of a comedy writer who has resigned herself to a loveless life. However, when a charming pop singer enters the scene, he challenges her preconceptions and turns her world upside down. Scheduled for release on April 11, Sittenfeld’s book promises to be a fun and heartwarming read for fans of the romantic comedy genre.
The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth
The Soulmate is the latest domestic thriller from Sally Hepworth, who is renowned for her gripping and suspenseful novels. However, this time, she has focused more on the intricacies of marriage than the murder itself. Hepworth delves into the dynamics of relationships, exploring various themes such as love, passion, mental health, and infidelity. While it may not be as intense as some of her previous works, The Soulmate remains a delightful and engaging read that is perfect for a weekend getaway.
The House is on Fire by Rachel Beanland
The Placide & Green Company’s performance was highly anticipated by the festive crowd gathered at Richmond, Virginia’s sole theater on December 26, 1811. However, the night took a tragic turn when the theater was suddenly engulfed in flames. This incident forms the basis of a novel that explores the long-lasting consequences of split-second decisions made by a newly widowed woman, a colored attendee, a young stagehand, and a local blacksmith.
In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune
In his latest standalone novel, TJ Klune transports readers to a mystical forest where a family of unique individuals embark on a remarkable journey. A poignant and queer retelling of the classic Pinocchio tale, Klune’s narrative seamlessly blends raw truths with humor, compassion, affection, and above all, optimism. Look out for this highly anticipated release on April 25th.
King of Wrath by Ana Huang
Indulge in a tantalizing world of opulence, desire, and extortion in Ana Huang’s latest romantic offering, King of Wrath. This novel, ideal for enthusiasts of Lauren Asher, narrates the story of a wealthy CEO who is coerced into a forced union with the daughter of his adversary. With its captivating plot and steamy content, this book commences a fresh series that will ensnare readers and leave them yearning for further installments.
With My Little Eye by Joshilyn Jackson
Meribel Mills, an experienced actress, is no stranger to receiving disturbing fan mail. However, the situation takes a darker turn when she starts receiving unsettling letters written with fruit-scented markers. The intensity of these letters pushes Meribel to a point of fear and discomfort. Matters escalate further when she discovers evidence of someone having broken into her home. Fearing for the safety of herself and her daughter, Meribel decides to leave Los Angeles and move to Atlanta for a fresh start. Despite the change of location, Meribel still feels a sense of unease, constantly on the lookout for her persistent stalker who continues to pursue her relentlessly.
Before We Were Innocent by Ella Berman
The compelling tale of intense female friendships in Berman’s book, Before We Were Innocent, immediately caught my attention. The story emphasizes how those who know us best can also cause us the greatest harm. The book’s slow-burning mystery aspect adds to the appeal, providing readers with a character-driven narrative. The examination of Bess, Joni, and Ev’s friendship is particularly captivating, especially as it delves into the way in which our lives can be simplified into black and white, ignoring the many shades of grey in between.
The Only Survivors by Megan Miranda
Megan Miranda’s The Only Survivors is a gripping and slow-burn mystery that builds a tense atmosphere, with Cassidy suspecting each of her classmates in turn. Through skillful storytelling, Miranda gradually reveals the true story of the accident and how the weight of their secrets has influenced the survivors’ lives. While the high-action climax may have been excessive, the final plot twist was a satisfying surprise. I give this book a solid four-star rating and consider it my favorite thriller by Megan Miranda.
The Bone Shard War (Drowning Empire #3) by Andrea Stewart
Readers who have followed the Drowning Empire series will be thrilled with its conclusion. The fate of Lin Sukai, the protagonist, is uncertain, and although her enemies are determined to end her life, she remains optimistic about locating the legendary swords before her demise. The Bone Shard War is an engrossing and elaborate tale, skillfully penned, brimming with unexpected twists and turns that will captivate and hold readers’ attention until the very end.
Simply Lies by David Baldacci
Mickey Gibson, a single mother and ex-detective, is attempting to juggle her job at ProEye, a worldwide investigative company specializing in tax and credit fraud, with raising two young children. Her colleague directs her to examine the unoccupied residence of an arms dealer, however, Mickey discovers that something is amiss. Upon finding the corpse of a former mob boss who was under Witness Protection, she becomes the primary suspect in the investigation. As a result, she becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of pursuit with an anonymous woman who harbors lethal intentions.
Be the Bus: The Lost & Profound Wisdom of The Pigeon by Mo Willems
Exciting news for adults who love Mo Willems! The beloved character, Pigeon, has returned in a new humor book called “Be the Bus”. This delightful collection of Pigeon-isms is not only humorous, but also thought-provoking. Mo Willems’ signature style of art, wit, and comedy is on full display in this book, marking his successful debut into the adult genre. “Be the Bus” is a true testament to the author’s ability to infuse whimsy and wisdom into his work.
Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocumb
Bern Hendricks is thrilled to have the opportunity of a lifetime to authenticate a newly discovered piece by America’s most renowned composer, Frederick Delaney. However, as Bern delves into the piece’s history, he uncovers evidence that suggests Delaney may have plagiarized music from a talented Black composer named Josephine Reed. Set in both present-day and 1920s Manhattan, Symphony of Secrets explores the quest to rectify historical wrongs and the resolute efforts of influential figures to conceal secrets.
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15 Most Anticipated Books of April 2023