For my last post of 2023, I wanted to share 10 of my most anticipated book releases of 2024. As the year starts off and new books are announced, I will subsequently include the next ten books for the second half of the year.
As some of you know, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions when it comes to most things. That is, except for books. While I don’t have a reading goal that is set in stone, I usually set some bookish goals to start the year with.
In 2024, I really want to improve my Netaglley score. Hence, I’d really like to put a dent in my pre-approved books that are still sitting on my Netgalley shelves.
Then there are all the books I already own. This is where things get out of control. I might do a future post on how I plan to tackle this large pile. But just so you know, it contains more than 100 books for sure! And I’m not even counting all the ebooks from my Kindle or Kobo on this list!
That will be a topic for another day.
But for now, let us look at part one of the 10 most anticipated book releases of 2024.
Holiday Country by Inci Atrek
Publication date is January 9th, 2024 by Flatiron Books.
This is a lyrical contemporary fiction debut that feels like a warm hug. The story follows Ada to the Turkish seaside village where her grandmother owns a summer villa. Since she was a young girl, she and her mother have spent all of their summers in this idyllic location. This is where she connects with her mother’s culture, and where she gets determined to live a happier life than her mother.
The writing is beautiful, and the book focuses on strong character development. Although for readers that love plot-heavy books, this one might not appeal to you.
Nonetheless, I am looking forward to reading this first book in 2024.
The Silence in Her Eyes by Armando Lucas Correa
Publication date is January 16th, 2024 by Simon & Schuster Canada.
This mystery/thriller is among one of my most anticipated reads of 2024.
The book centers on Leah, a young woman who is living with akinetopsia, a rare neurological condition. Her life is pretty uneventful, until Alice moves in next door to her. Once she befriends her neighbor, she finds out that she’s escaping an abusive ex.
Then an incident makes her wonder if her mind is playing tricks on her, or does she have to muster up her courage and help out her newfound friend?
Everyone Who Can Forgive Me Is Dead by Jenny Hollander
Publication date is February 6th, 2024 by Minotaur Books.
This is a thriller that has some dark-academia vibes. Charlie has rebuilt her life nine years after one of her worst nights of her life still haunts her. While living her new life, all she accomplished is threatened by a film one of her former classmates releases. She has worked too hard to change her life to let anyone stand in her way now.
This intense psychological thriller is just what we all need in the new year. Can’t wait to dig into this one!
Ghost Island by Max Seeck
Publication date is February 27th, 2024 by Berkley Publishing.
This is the fourth installment in the Jessica Niemi series. Before I get my hands on this one, I still have the third one, The Last Grudge to get to. But all the more reason to read it, now that we have a definite publication date on this side of the ocean.
On leave from her job as a homicide detective, Jessica Niemi escaped to a remote island on the Aland archipelago. There, she is called on to investigate a drowning that is seemingly tied to a ghost legend. Will she be able to solve this mystery, while silencing her own personal demons once and for all?
This is by far my most anticipated read of 2024, since I recently discovered and fell in love with this new-to-me Nordic Noir thriller series.
Here is my previous review:
Ellie Haycock Is Totally Normal by Gretchen Schreiber
Publication date is March 5th 2024 by Wednesday Books.
This Young Adult book is out of my comfort zone, but I do enjoy the occasional one.
This is a light-hearted, cute story about Ellie, a teenager who’s in and out of hospitals. While she does have an illness that is a big part of her life, her home life is pretty good. She’s part of a debate team at school, alongside her boyfriend and her best friend. But on her latest hospital stay she meets Ryan, along with a new group of friends who try to get her to be more optimistic about her condition. A great debut YA novel from an up-and-coming new author to keep an eye for.
Bye, Baby by Carola Lovering
Publication date is March 5th, 2024 by St. Martin’s Press.
Although I’ve had Tell Me Lies on my tbr shelves for a good part of last year, chances are I’ll get to Bye, Baby first.
This is promising to be one of the best suspenseful novels of 2024.
Meet Billie West and Cassie Barnwell, two old friends who used to be inseparable since they met over twenty-three years ago. That is, until they grew up and grew apart.
Cassie seems to have things under control with a husband, baby, and an influencer career picking up. But Billie doesn’t fit into Cassies’ world any longer.
As the story behind their friendship is told from dual POVs, the unspeakable incident that was the beginning of the end for their friendship comes to light.
I don’t know about you, but I’m intrigued. Review to follow as soon as I finish reading it!
Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice by Elle Cosimano
Publication date is March 5th 2024 by Minotaur Books.
This is the fourth and newest installment in the Finlay Donovan series by Elle Cosimano.
If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the previous three books in order:
Finlay Donovan is Killing it, Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead, and the third one, Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun.
You can read my previous review of her first book here:
Finlay is a recently divorced single mom who’s struggling to make ends meet, and she gets approached with the strangest project: to be a hit woman. As each book progresses, you can follow her unbelievable adventures alongside her best sidekick, Vero. They seem to always find themselves in some sort of trouble, yet the plot is lighthearted and the author’s humor cracks you up.
Black Wolf by Juan Gomez-Jurado
Publication date is March 12th, 2024 by Minotaur Books.
I literally finished reading Red Queen a couple of days ago, Gomez-Jurado’s first Antonia Scott debut thriller. I needed to get my hands on the sequel as soon as possible.
In Spain, where the author is from, Black Wolf is actually the fourth book, but here in North America it is the second. Nevertheless, I’m still anticipating this thriller.
The plot follows Antonia and Jon on their latest case. They are hired by the Mentor to track down a missing girl named Lola. But a contract killer by the pseudonym Black Wolf is on her trail as well. Will they be able to return the girl safely, or will they get overpowered by their new rival?
Another thriller that is action packed, it is one of the books I’m mostly looking forward to reading in 2024.
Like Happiness by Ursula Villareal-Moura
Publication date is March 26th, 2024 by Celadon Books.
I don’t know if you’re familiar with Celadon books, but I’ve loved every book I’ve read so far that the publishing house brought to us. I’m hoping this one will live up to my high expectations.
It follows the story of Tatum, a young woman who is now living in Chile, desperately trying to get over the decade she lived in New York City.
The painful relationship she had with an acclaimed author nearly destroyed her. Now that Dominguez is accused of assaulting another woman, her raw emotions come to the surface once again. She decided to write her tormentor a letter in order to find some healing.
The story is told in a dual narrative and promises to explore identity and the imbalance of a toxic relationship.
Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth
Publication date is April 23rd, 2024 by St. Martin’s Press.
Hepworth is known for writing engaging domestic thrillers that lean heavily on women’s fiction. She is crafty at developing great, strong female characters that will stick with you for a while.
Darling Girls is no different.
It tells the story of three friends, Alicia, Jessica, and Norah, who used to live in foster care on a farm owned by Miss Fairchild. They used to fear the woman, and even though they grew up and do not have contact with her anymore, she’s still tormenting the back of their minds.
Now, bones are discovered under the farmhouse of their childhood. Did the three women have anything to do with that back then? An intriguing, well layered story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Definitely one of the most anticipated reads of 2024!
These are 10 of my most anticipated 2024 book releases – part one. Part two will follow later on in the year.
Are you looking forward to any of these? If not, which books are you looking forward to reading in 2024?
Let me know in the comments box below.