Pretty Broken Things by Melissa Marr
Heavily-tattooed and erratic, Tess hides in plain sight, off-the-grid in New Orleans. Tess is a survivor with more secrets than even she knows. Her clearest memories are tattooed on her skin, memorials to the missing dead. No one knows who Tess is–or that she’s still alive. That is, until writer J. Michael Anderson appears in town looking for someone with an irresistible story he can use to revive his flagging career. In Durham, North Carolina Juliana Campbell comes face to face with death every day, but nothing in her mortician’s training prepares her for the bodies that have started to appear on her table. With each body her anger grows, and she becomes ever more driven to find the murderer. In the shadowy edges of the French Quarter, these three lives collide as long buried secrets and one woman’s harrowing past ensnare them in the sights of the killer.
I really love thrillers, particularly if they focus on the medial office who are working to to assist the police solving the mystery. I loved Hodgins in Bones (even if the show didn’t work for me), and I really want more fiction with a focus on the STEM auxiliaries who help solve the crimes. I think this mystery sounds like its a step in that direction.
The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher
adult, contemporary, thriller
Juno was wrong about Winnie Crouch. Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son—the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore. Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel… She shouldn’t get involved. She really shouldn’t. But this could be her chance to make a few things right.
Domestic thrillers are my favourite type of thrillers, so this book was added to my wishlist right away. Tarryn Fisher wrote The Wives, another thriller focusing on a family that I’ve been eyeing up for quite a while now.
Pretty Broken Things by Melissa Marr
Two heirs to powerful kingdoms have been entered into an arranged marriage, but they are determined that their reunion will be anything but sweet. But when the criminal underbelly of one of the cities makes a sharp strike for more power, the heirs cross paths unexpectedly while both are in disguise. Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat.
I mentioned it a ton in my previous anticipated books post, but I love arranged marriages between two reluctant people. I like their complicated relationship being explored. This book has put another exciting twist on the trope I love so much by making our couple meet as strangers so they have to work together with their rival unknowingly.
Among Thieves by M. J. Kuhn
adult, fantasy, lgbt+, debut author
A team of criminals who are the best at what they do come together to pull off an impossible job and against all odds start to care about each other, all while scheming to betray each other.
This book sounds like absolute chaos and I am here for it. I can’t really say much more with this sparse description and no cover but I have high hopes.
The Project by Courtney Summers
ya, contemporary, thriller
When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with her sister Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can’t, she must finally leave them alone.
I read and loved Sadie by Summers previously, so I was keeping an eye out for another mystery book by her. This new one sounds more unique that the typical thrillers I pick up which are usually more focused on domestic stories and have a lot of tropes.
A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel
adult, historical, science fiction
Over 99 identical generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race. But Mia’s family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes.
Alternate history is a subgenre of Science Fiction that I’ve been interesting in for years. I read Man in the High Castle and heavily disliked it; 11.22.63 was better, but ultimately focussed less on the science fiction and too much on the relationships between characters for my taste. This is my next hope for one that will focus more on the speculative aspects of the story.
Witchshadow by Susan Dennard
War has come to the Witchlands . . . and nothing will be the same again. Iseult has found her heartsister Safi at last, but their reunion is brief. For Iseult to stay alive, she must flee Cartorra while Safi remains. And though Iseult has plans to save her friend, they will require her to summon magic more dangerous than anything she has ever faced before. Meanwhile, the Bloodwitch Aeduan is beset by forces he cannot understand. And Vivia—rightful queen of Nubrevna—finds herself without a crown or home. As villains from legend reawaken across the Witchlands, only the mythical Cahr Awen can stop the gathering war. Iseult could embrace this power and heal the land, but first she must choose on which side of the shadows her destiny will lie.
This is the fourth book in the Witchlands saga, and I am so excited for the release of this book that I’ve dropped hints at my partner about the signed edition for christmas. Ross, if you’re reading this, let me drop this additional hint. Witchlands is a fantasy series following four main characters where each book focuses on a different character. This book follows Iseult and she is the character I have the most questions about. I can’t wait!
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
adult, thriller, science fiction
Martine is a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell’s award-winning research. She’s patient and gentle and obedient. She’s everything Evelyn swore she’d never be. And she’s having an affair with Evelyn’s husband. Now, the cheating bastard is dead, and the Caldwell wives have a mess to clean up.
I’m sure we’re all aware this far into the post I love a domestic thriller. I’m also really excited for the sci-fi aspects.
Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone
ya, fantasy, gothic, debut author
When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumours about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem. As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn…
This book sounds incredibly creepy. In the past the trope of death god and his girlfriend has been one I’ve enjoyed before, so I am hoping that this one will use the same trope but turn the creepiness factor up by 10 to deliver the most terrifying read. I’m hoping its like the first three episodes of a season of American Horror Story where its so creepy I can’t watch it alone.
A Dark and Hollow Star by Lyndall Clipstone
ya, fantasy, gothic, debut author
For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bound by law to do no harm to humans. This arrangement has long kept peace in the Courts—until a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world. Four queer teens, each who hold a key piece of the truth behind these murders, must form a tenuous alliance in their effort to track down the mysterious killer behind these crimes. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a war brewing between the Mortal and Immortal Realms, and one of these teens is destined to tip the scales. The only question is: which way?
Queer, fanstasy murder mystery? Absolutely sign me up. The only other series I have read surrounding fae charactes is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black which was fantastic for the first two books and the third really disappointed me. I am looking forward to see how my next foray into fae stories goes because the idea of incredibly cruel and brutal fae really intrigues me.
I hope you find something you’re interested in from this list, please let me know if you do. If there are any other books coming out in this winter period that you think I’d like to hear about feel free to recommend them to me.