I can’t quite believe we’re already at the half way point for this years most anticipated books. But, here we are, and June is another month jam-packed witth fantastic fiction, including new releases from some of my favourite authors and exciting debuts I can’t wait to dive into.
So, here are the books out next month that I’m most anticipating:
The Miniscule Mansion of Myra Malone by Audrey Burges
Published June 1st by Pan Macmillan
Contemporary Fiction, Magical Realism, Contemporary Romance
Audrey Burges’ The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone is a charming and magical debut novel, with a love story at its heart, woven across multiple periods and perspectives, about a mystical dolls’ house.
Once upon a time there was a house . . .
From her attic in the Arizona mountains, thirty-four year-old recluse Myra Malone blogs about a miniature mansion – a dolls’ house – which captivates thousands of readers worldwide. Myra herself is tethered to the Mansion by a strange magic she can’t understand – there are rooms that appear and disappear overnight, music that plays in its corridors.
Across the country, Alex Rakes, the thirty-four year-old heir of a furniture business, encounters two Mansion fans trying to recreate a room from her stories. Alex is shocked to recognize his own bedroom in minute scale.
The Mansion is his family’s home, handed down from the grandmother who disappeared mysteriously when Alex was a child. Searching for answers, Alex begins corresponding with Myra. Together, the two unwind the lonely paths of their twin worlds – big and small – and trace the stories that entwine them, setting the stage for a meeting rooted in loss, but defined by love.
The Moon Represents My Heart by Pim Wangtechawat
Published June 1st by Magpie
Literary Fiction, Family Saga, War
How far would you travel to find a love lost in time?
1927, East London. The first time Tommy and Peggy meet, they are nine years old. He is lost in London’s original Chinatown, panicking as he struggles to escape the tangle of Limehouse streets, with their road signs in Chinese characters that he can’t decipher.
‘Where do you come from?’ Peggy asks him.
For Tommy, the answer to that question can never be straightforward, because his family share a secret gift: they can travel through time. And each must eventually decide how much the present day means to them, and how far they are willing to travel to hold onto the people they love.
Heartfelt and hopeful, weaving through decades and across continents, The Moon Represents My Heart is an unforgettable debut about one extraordinary family, the gift that threatens to tear them apart and the love that binds them together.
‘An immediately compelling, unusual story with a totally fresh voice.’ Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne
See Me Rolling : On Disiblity, Equality and Ten-Point Turns by Lottie Jackson
Published June 1st by Hutchinson Heinemann
‘The world was sadly not my lobster, it was a skimpy crayfish from a petrol station sandwich and it was on the turn.’
In this heartfelt, thought-provoking and often hilarious book, Lottie Jackson reflects on her experiences of living with disability: from the pitfalls of going shopping on a mobility scooter, and the headache of defining oneself on a tick-box form, to a slapstick scuffle with the so-called ‘easy-pull’ tights aid, and the intense pleasure of finally swapping a hospital gown for a slinky dress. Lottie captivatingly expresses the raw vulnerabilities, injustices and untold joys of disability, as well as the bizarre everyday occurrences that able-bodied people usually don’t experience.
See Me Rolling is a playful, illuminating memoir, but it is also a clarion call for greater diversity and inclusion. Lottie powerfully explores the ways in which we undervalue and underrepresent disabled people in our society, and demonstrates how negative stigmas about ‘abnormal’ bodies seep into all aspects our lives, from travel, work and education, to fashion and social media. In this dazzling debut, Lottie reveals why we must strive for change and redefine what it means to be disabled in every facet of life. She has a voice that needs to be heard.
My Murder by Katie Williams
Published June 6th by Wildfire
SOMETIMES THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN SOLVE YOUR MURDER IS YOU.
‘Startling and original, My Murder is a gripping speculative twist on the crime novel.’ – Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
‘Completely absorbing. A smart, speculative twist on domestic suspense.’ – Ashley Audrain, bestselling author of The Push
‘A cool, confident, clever thriller. But best and most of all, this book is F-U-N.’ – A. J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
Lou has been murdered.
She was the fifth victim of the serial killer Edward Early. A young wife and new mother, Lou’s death outraged a public breathlessly following the story of the serial murders.
Lou has been cloned.
Along with Early’s other four victims, Lou has been brought back to life by the government-funded replication commission. The women gather at a weekly support group, helping each other to navigate a society obsessed with their very existence.
Lou has been lied to.
But when Lou agrees to help fellow murder victim Fern secure a visit with Edward Early, a shocking revelation causes Lou to investigate the events around her death and question everything she thought she knew about her murder.
Can she finally uncover the truth?
The Wind Kbnows My Name by Isabel Allende
Published June 6th by Bloomsbury Publishing
Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Vienna, 1938. Samuel Adler is five years old when his father disappears during Kristallnacht – the night their family loses everything. As her child’s safety seems ever harder to guarantee, Samuel’s mother secures a spot for him on the last Kindertransport train out of Nazi-occupied Austria to England. He boards alone, carrying nothing but a change of clothes and his violin.
Arizona, 2019. Eight decades later, Anita Diaz and her mother board another train, fleeing looming danger in El Salvador and seeking refuge in the United States. But their arrival coincides with the new family separation policy, and seven-year-old Anita finds herself alone at a camp in Nogales. She escapes her tenuous reality through her trips to Azabahar, a magical world of the imagination. Meanwhile, Selena Duran, a young social worker, enlists the help of a successful lawyer in hopes of tracking down Anita’s mother.
Intertwining past and present, The Wind Knows My Name tells the tale of these two unforgettable characters, both in search of family and home. It is both a testament to the sacrifices that parents make, and a love letter to the children who survive the most unfathomable dangers – and never stop dreaming.
All The Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby
Published June 6th by Headline
Thriller, Mystery, Southern Fiction
The stunning new thriller from the international bestselling, multi-award-winning author.
‘S. A. Cosby’s novels always hit the grand slam of crime fiction; unstoppable momentum, gripping intrigue and deep character with a hard and telling look at culture and society’MICHAEL CONNELLY
‘American crime fiction has found its future and his name is S.A. Cosby’ DENNIS LEHANE
‘Titus Crown is one of the most compelling characters I’ve read in a long time.’ STEVE CAVANAGH
A BLACK SHERIFF. A SERIAL KILLER.
AND A SMALL TOWN READY TO COMBUST.
Titus Crown is the first Black sheriff in the history of Charon County, Virginia. In recent decades, Charon has had only two murders. After years of working as an FBI agent, no one knows better than Titus that while his hometown might seem like a land of moonshine, cornbread, and honeysuckle, secrets always fester under the surface.
But a year to the day after Titus’s election, a school teacher is killed by a former student. The student is then fatally shot by Titus’s deputies.
As Titus investigates the shootings, he unearths terrible crimes, and a serial killer who has been hiding in plain sight, haunting the dirt lanes and woodland clearings of Charon. With the killer’s possible connections to a local church and the town’s harrowing history weighing on him, Titus tries to project confidence about closing the case while concealing a painful secret from his own past. At the same time, he also has to contend with a far-right group that wants to hold a parade in celebration of the town’s Confederate history.
Charon is Titus’s home and his heart. But where faith and violence meet, there will be a reckoning.
‘Cements S.A. Cosby’s place as one of the most important new voices in crime fiction. I won’t read a better book this year. Incredible.’ M. W. CRAVEN
Killingly by Katharine Beutner
Published June 8th by Coruvs
Gothic Fiction, Historical Mystery, Literary Fiction, Thriller
ONE OF LIT HUB‘S TOP CRIME NOVELS OF 2023
‘A story of women who defy strict rules’ KATE MANNING, author of My Notorious Life
‘A superb novel, suffused with dread’ ELIZABETH MCKENZIE, author of The Dog of the North
KILLINGLY is a haunting, gothic, turn-of-the-century campus thriller about female desire, rage and ambition in the face of convention and patriarchal control.
The young women at Mount Holyoke College are famed for their beauty and virtue – except for Agnes and Bertha. With their strange dresses, scholarly pursuits and intimate friendship, these two students are considered peculiar.
One autumn morning, Bertha is spotted in the woods. Then she vanishes, leaving Agnes to wander the cold university halls alone.
While a search team dredges the pond where Bertha might have drowned, a private detective arrives in town and an investigation ensues, sending shockwaves through the university and the quiet town of Killingly.
Bertha might be gone, but she left behind secrets. Secrets which are beginning to surface, threatening to put her best friend in mortal danger and shatter the peaceful world of Mount Holyoke forever…
The Burnings by Naomi Kelsey
Published June 8th by HarperNorth
Historical Fiction, Gothic Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Magical Realism
Nothing scares men like witchcraft . . .
1589. Scottish housemaid Geillis and Danish courtier Margareta lead opposite lives, but they both know one thing: when a man cries “witch”, no woman is safe.
Yet when the marriage of King James VI and Princess Anna of Denmark brings Geillis and Margareta together, everything they supposed about good, evil, men, and women, is cast in a strange and brilliant new light.
For the first time in history, could black magic – or rumours of it – be a very real tool for women’s political gain?
As the North Berwick witch trials whip Scotland – and her king – into a frenzy of paranoia, the clock is ticking. Can Margareta and Geillis keep each other safe? And once the burnings are over, in whose hands will power truly lie?
Inspired by the incredible true story that set 16th-century Scotland and Denmark alight, The Burnings is 2023’s most bewitching debut novel, by a multi-awardwinning new star of historical fiction.
Hokey Pokey by Kate Mascarenhas
Published June 8th by Apollo
Mystery, Suspense, Gothic Fiction, Horror Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Mashup Novel
A grand hotel, a famous opera star and a psychoanalyst with a hidden agenda. Kate Mascarenhas’s third novel offers her readers a glamorous, thrilling ride through murder, madness and the darkest recesses of the mind.
February, 1929. The Regent Hotel in Birmingham is a place of deception and glamour. Behind its six-storeyed façade, guests sip absinthe cocktails on velvet banquettes, while the hotel’s red-jacketed staff scurry through its lavish corridors to ensure the finest service is always at hand.
In the early evening, a psychoanalyst checks in under a pseudonym: Nora Dickinson. Nora is young, diligent and ambitious. Though she doesn’t see herself as a liar, she is travelling with an agenda. Having followed the famous opera singer, Berenice Oxbow, from Zurich to Birmingham, she’s determined not to let her out of her sight.
But when a terrible snow storm isolates the hotel – and its guests – from the outside world, the lines between nightmare and reality begin to blur…
The Other Mothers by Katherine Faulkner
Published June 8th by Raven Books
Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Fiction
‘This is The Undoing meets Big Little Lies. A fast-paced, decadent skewering of upper middle-class motherhood’ ABIGAIL DEAN
The outstanding new thriller from the author of international bestseller, Greenwich Park
You want to be one of them. Until you know them.
Ex-journalist Tash has been searching for a story to launch her freelance career. But she has also been searching for something else: new friends to help her navigate motherhood.
She sees them at her son’s new playgroup. The other mothers. The sleek, the sophisticated, the successful mothers. The women she wants to be.
And then one day they welcome her into their circle and Tash discovers the kind of life she has always dreamt of; their elegant London townhouses a far cry from her cramped basement flat and endless bills.
They seem to have everything. But they also have their secrets.
And it’s soon clear that not everyone at the playgroup can be trusted.
The People Watcher by Sam Lloyd
Published June 8th by Bantam Press
Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Crime Fiction
‘One thing I’ve learned, these last few weeks, is that small acts of kindness are far less effective than fear…’
Meet Mercy Lake. She likes to fix things: broken toys, old appliances. People.
She watches them in the dead of night, identifies what their lives are lacking and gives it to them . . . quietly. So quietly, they don’t even know she exists.
Then Mercy meets Louis. He believes some of these people deserve punishment, not help. Joining up with him to dispense a little harmless justice feels good – at first. But when people start getting hurt, Mercy must decide if the ends can ever justify their increasingly violent means.
And soon, their interventions draw the attention of the very person Mercy embraced her nocturnal existence to evade. Someone who will go to extreme lengths to make her pay for knowing their secret . . .
The answer to ‘What if Eleanor Oliphant found herself in a Stephen King novel?’, The People Watcher is a shiver-inducing, heart-pounding suspense that will keep you up into the early hours.
Everything’s Fine by Cecilia Rabess
Published June 8th by Picador
Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romance Novel
‘A stunning debut’ – Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss
‘Plain funny as hell’ – Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of The Other Black Girl
When Jess first meets Josh at their Ivy League college she dislikes him immediately: an entitled guy in chinos, ready to take over the world. Meanwhile Jess is almost always the only Black woman in their class. And Josh can’t accept that life might be easier for him because he’s white.
After graduating, Jess and Josh end up working together in the same investment bank. As they lunch, spar and pick each other’s brains, Jess begins to see Josh in a different light.
Soon, their tempestuous friendship turns into an electrifying romance that shocks them both, and Jess finds herself questioning who she really is and whether she’s willing to compromise that for love.
Everything’s Fine is an utterly original and deeply moving take on an age-old question from a dazzling new voice: what have you got to lose when you fall in love?
Mrs. S by K. Patrick
Published June 8th by Fourth Estate
Psychological Fiction, LGBT Literature, Romance
An Observer Best Debut of the Year
‘Oozes with erotic tension from the start’ Sarah Winman, author of Still Life
‘Tense and taut and exhilarating’ Monica Heisey, author of Really Good, Actually
Powerfully sensual and sublimely stylish, Mrs S is a tale of queer love that smoulders with the heat of summer.
In an elite English boarding school where the girls kiss the marble statue of the famous dead author who used to walk the halls, a young Australian woman arrives to take up the antiquated role of ‘matron’. Within this landscape of immense privilege, in which the girls can sense the slightest weakness in those around them, she finds herself unsure of her role, her accent and her body.
That is until she meets Mrs S, the headmaster’s wife, a woman who is her polar opposite: assured, sophisticated, a paragon of femininity. Over the course of a long, restless heatwave, the matron finds herself irresistibly drawn ever closer into Mrs S’s world and their unspoken desire blooms into an illicit affair of electric intensity. But, as the summer begins to fade, both women know that a choice must be made.
K Patrick’s portrait of the butch experience is revelatory; exploring the contested terrain of our bodies, our desires and the constraints society places around both. Mrs S marks the arrival of a major new literary talent, unlike any other.
‘The intense physicality of the novel’s emotions and its stylish, stripped-back prose make for an arresting pairing’ Observer
The Twilight Garden by Sara Nisha Adams
Published June 8th by Harper Collins UK
Literary Fiction, Humorous Fiction, Urban Fiction
The uplifting, unforgettable new novel from the acclaimed author of The Reading List
In a small pocket of London, between the houses of No.77 and No.79 Eastbourne Road, lies a neglected community garden.
Once a sanctuary for people when they needed it most, the garden’s gate is now firmly closed. And that’s exactly how Winston at No.79 likes it – anything to avoid his irritating new next-door neighbour.
But when a mystery parcel drops on Winston’s doormat – a curious bundle of photographs of a community garden, his garden, bursting with life years ago – a seed of an idea is planted . . .
Somewhere out there, a secret gardener made a decades-old promise to keep the community’s spirit alive. And now it’s time for The Twilight Garden to come out of hibernation . . .
Sweeping through the 1970s to a modern corner of London, this is a life-affirming story of small spaces, small pleasures – and a community lost and found.
High Time by Hannah Rothschild
Published June 8th, 2023 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Humour, Romance Novel, Domestic Fiction
Chosen by The Irish Times and Tatler as a fiction highlight for 2023
WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH, HOW LOW WILL YOU GO?
Ayesha Scott has a perfect life. Home is an art-filled Cornish castle with her stratospherically wealthy, titled husband and their beloved daughter. But behind every realised dream lurks an unexploded nightmare and in the course of one day Ayesha discovers that she will be penniless, homeless and powerless unless she can outwit the international mafia, infiltrate the world of high finance and make backstreet deals with the shadiest members of the art world.
Hurt and betrayed, she’s determined to fight for herself and her daughter – but can she do it without enlisting the help of her beloved, deeply eccentric but estranged family?
Sharp escapist fiction, High Time is a novel about high stakes and high jinx set in the world of high art and high finance.
The Interpreter by Brooke Robinson
Published June 8th by Harvill Secker
Legal Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
The most dangerous person in the courtroom isn’t the killer. . .
Revelle is a court interpreter and knows the power of words. She spends her days translating for other people; murderers, fraudsters and their victims. She speaks their words. Only she knows exactly what they’re saying.
When she spots an injustice is about to take place, and a guilty man about to be labelled innocent, she has the power to twist an alibi to get the verdict she wants. The verdict she believes is correct. She’s willing to risk it all.
But someone knows what she’s done.
And they want justice.
The Expectant Detectives by Kat Ailes
Published June 8th by Zaffre
Humour, Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Humorous Fiction
Motherland meets Midsomer Murders in this fresh and funny mystery about a group of soon-to-be mums who turn detective when there’s a murder at their antenatal class.
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‘Cosy crime at its finest!’ JANICE HALLETT
‘A sharply witty debut’ SIMON BRETT
For Alice and her partner Joe, moving to the sleepy Cotswold village of Penton is a chance to embrace country life and prepare for the birth of their unexpected first child. He can take up woodwork; maybe she’ll learn to make jam. But the rural idyll they’d hoped for doesn’t quite pan out when a dead body is discovered at their local antenatal class and they find themselves suspects in a murder investigation.
With a cloud of suspicion hanging over the heads of the whole group, Alice sets out to solve the mystery and clear her name, with the help of her troublesome dog, Helen. However, there are more secrets and tensions in the heart of Penton than first meet the eye. Between the discovery of a shady commune up in the woods, the unearthing of a mysterious death years earlier and the near-tragic poisoning of Helen, Alice is soon in way over her head.
CAN YOU SOLVE THE MOTHER OF ALL MURDERS?
Lovestruck by Laura Jane Williams
Published June 8th by Penguin
Romantic Comedy, Humorous Fiction
This isn’t one love story. It’s two.
Becca Calloway is calling it: she’s ready for Mr Right, and she’s ready now.
She even goes as far as to hold a manifestation ceremony for him – and when she receives a text from her ex five minutes later, she knows it’s a sign.
The problem is, she doesn’t know which way it’s pointing…
Should Becca reply and reignite things with her old flame Mike? Or delete and block, moving forward with the new man in her life?
Becca has one choice, with two ways this could go. And in Lovestruck, you’re about to see them both…
Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood
Published June 13th by Sphere
Romancic Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Literary Ficiton
From the author of tiktok sensations and global bestsellers The Love Hypothesis and Love on the Brain
Rival physicists collide in a vortex of academic feuds and fake dating shenanigans in this delightfully STEMinist romcom.
The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people-pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs.
Honestly, it’s a pretty sweet gig – until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and arrogant older brother of her favourite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor’s career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And he’s the same Jack Smith who rules over the physics department at MIT, standing right between Elsie and her dream job.
Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but… those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she’s with him? Will falling into an experimentalist’s orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?
Morgan is My Name by Sophie Keetch
Published June 15th by Magpie
Historical Fiction, Fantasy Ficiton, Historical Fantsasy, Fairy Tale, Adventure Fiction, Arthurian Romance
One of National Book Tokens’ ’23 Books to Read in 2023′
An atmospheric, feminist retelling of the early life of famed villainess Morgan le Fay, set against the colourful chivalric backdrop of Arthurian legend.
When King Uther Pendragon murders her father and tricks her mother into marriage, Morgan refuses to be crushed. Trapped amid the machinations of men in a world of isolated castles and gossiping courts, she discovers secret powers. Vengeful and brilliant, it’s not long before Morgan becomes a worthy adversary to Merlin, influential sorcerer to the king. But fighting for her freedom, she risks losing everything – her reputation, her loved ones and her life.
Clytemnestra’s Bind (The House of Atreus) by Susan C. Wilson
Published June 15th by Neem Tree Press
Greek Mythology, Fairy Tale, Myths, Historical Romance
Perfect for fans of MADELINE MILLER’S CIRCE and THE SONG OF ACHILLES, this is the first instalment in an epic three-part series.
The House of Atreus is spiralling into self-destruction – a woman must find a way to break the family curse.
Queen Clytemnestra’s world shatters when Agamemnon, a rival to the throne of Mycenae, storms her palace, destroys her family and claims not only the throne but Clytemnestra herself. Tormented by her loss, she vows to do all she can to protect the children born from her unhappy marriage to Agamemnon. But when her husband casts his ruthless gaze towards the wealthy citadel of Troy, his ambitions threaten to once more destroy the family Clytemnestra loves.
From one of Greek mythology’s most reviled characters – a woman who challenged the absolute power of men – comes this fiery tale of power, family rivalry and a mother’s burning love.
The Woman Inside by M. T. Edvarsson
Published June 15th by Pan Macmillan
Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Crime Fiction, Domestic Fiction
A breathless page-turner from an international master of suspense, this is a story about dependency, justice, and the sometimes fine line between right and wrong.
Three young people.
Bill, a widower and single dad, is in a financial mess with bills to pay when he rents out a room in his apartment to Karla.
Karla left home to study law and to earn some money begins working as a cleaner at the palatial home of Steven and Regina Rytter. But inside their house it is clear that something is wrong with the doctor and his wife, who never leaves her bedroom.
Jennica is single and careerless when she meets Steven on Tinder. But just as she thinks her luck is changing, it soon becomes clear that Steven is hiding secrets of his own . . .
By the end of the summer Steven and Regina Rytter will be found dead in their home and the questions will begin . . .
Ordinary people will do things they never thought possible when faced with extraordinary circumstances, and the truth is that the woman inside may hold the key to it all . . .
Conviction by Jack Jordan
Published June 22nd by Simon & Schuster UK
Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Crime Ficiton, Legal Thriller, Political Thriller, Legal Story
TO STEAL A MAN’S FREEDOM ALL IT TAKES IS . . . CONVICTION
Wade Darling stands accused of killing his wife and teenage children as they slept before burning the family home to the ground.
When the case lands on barrister Neve Harper’s desk, she knows it could be the career making case she’s been waiting for. But only if she can prove Wade’s innocence.
A matter of days before the case, as Neve is travelling home for the night, she is approached by a man. He tells her she must lose this case or the secret about her own husband’s disappearance will be revealed.
Failing that, he will kill everyone she cares about until she follows orders.
Neve must make a choice – betray every principle she has ever had by putting a potentially innocent man in prison, or risk putting those she loves in mortal danger.
For fans of Steve Cavanagh, Linwood Barclay and Gillian McAllister, introducing the latest novel from the master of the moral dilemma, Jack Jordan.
The Fascination by Essie Fox
Published June 22nd by Orenda
Gothic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Historical Romance
The estranged grandson of a wealthy collector of human curiosities becomes fascinated with teenaged twin sisters, leading them into a web of dark obsessions. A dazzlingly dark gothic novel from the bestselling author of The Somnambulist.
‘Essie Fox follows in the footsteps of Angela Carter and AS Byatt with an adult fairy tale that delves into the darkest compulsions of human nature … an opium trance of a novel, a vivid fantasmagoria’ Noel O’Reilly
‘An enthralling tale about deception, love and loss, and what it means to be different. Macabre and shocking, beautiful and tender, it had me spellbound’ Louisa Treger
Victorian England. A world of rural fairgrounds and glamorous London theatres. A world of dark secrets and deadly obsessions…
Twin sisters Keziah and Tilly Lovell are identical in every way, except that Tilly hasn’t grown a single inch since she was five. Coerced into promoting their father’s quack elixir as they tour the country fairgrounds, at the age of fifteen the girls are sold to a mysterious Italian known as ‘Captain’.
Theo is an orphan, raised by his grandfather, Lord Seabrook, a man who has a dark interest in anatomical freaks and other curiosities … particularly the human kind. Resenting his grandson for his mother’s death in childbirth, when Seabrook remarries and a new heir is produced, Theo is forced to leave home without a penny to his name.
Theo finds employment in Dr Summerwell’s Museum of Anatomy in London, and here he meets Captain and his theatrical ‘family’ of performers, freaks and outcasts.
But it is Theo’s fascination with Tilly and Keziah that will lead all of them into a web of deceits, exposing the darkest secrets and threatening everything they know…
Exploring universal themes of love and loss, the power of redemption and what it means to be unique, The Fascination is an evocative, glittering and bewitching gothic novel that brings alive Victorian London – and darkness and deception that lies beneath…
The Birdcage Library by Freya Berry
Published June 22nd by Headline
Dear Reader, the man I love is trying to kill me…
A rich, beguiling story of long-buried secrets and dark obsession, The Birdcage Library will hold you in its spell until the final page.
‘A delicious page-turning mystery within a mystery, with twists and surprises’ LIZ HYDER
‘Gothic, gorgeous and atmospheric; an immersive page-turner to be swept up in’ ELLERY LLOYD
‘It glistens with a hint of the danger that lurks within’ CHARLOTTE PHILBY
1932. Emily Blackwood, adventuress and plant hunter, travels north for a curious new commission. A gentleman has written to request she catalogue his vast collection of taxidermied creatures before sale.
On arrival, Emily finds a ruined castle, its owner haunted by a woman who vanished five decades before. And when she discovers the ripped pages of a diary, crammed into the walls, she realises dark secrets lie here, waiting to entrap her too…
The Square of Sevens by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Published June 22nd by Mantle
Historical Fiction, Crime Fiction
‘A book that stays with you . . . The Square of Sevens is a masterpiece’ – Janice Hallett, bestselling author of The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels
‘A sweeping Dickensian tour de force of a novel . . . cementing the author’s place as the queen of modern Georgian literature’ – Susan Stokes-Chapman, bestselling author of Pandora
Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s The Square of Sevens is an epic and sweeping novel set in Georgian high society, a dazzling story offering up mystery, intrigue, heartbreak, and audacious twists.
‘My father had spelt it out to me. Choice was a luxury I couldn’t afford. This is your story, Red. You must tell it well . . .’
A girl known only as Red, the daughter of a Cornish fortune-teller, travels with her father making a living predicting fortunes using the ancient method: the Square of Sevens. When her father suddenly dies, Red becomes the ward of a gentleman scholar.
Now raised as a lady amidst the Georgian splendour of Bath, her fortune-telling is a delight to high society. But she cannot ignore the questions that gnaw at her soul: who was her mother? How did she die? And who are the mysterious enemies her father was always terrified would find him?
The pursuit of these mysteries takes her from Cornwall and Bath to London and Devon, from the rough ribaldry of the Bartholomew Fair to the grand houses of two of the most powerful families in England. And while Red’s quest brings her the possibility of great reward, it also leads into her grave danger . . .
‘The Square of Sevens dazzles with heart, mystery and breathtaking detail. I doubt I’ll read a better book this year’ ― Chris Whitaker, bestselling author of We Begin at the End
The Illusions by Liz Hyder
Published June 22nd by Manilla Press
Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Historical Fantasy, Magical Realism, Supernatrual Fiction, Horror Fantasy
At a time of extraordinary change, two women must harness their talents to take control of their own destiny . . .
Bristol, 1896. Used to scraping a living as the young assistant to an ageing con artist, Cecily Marsden’s life is turned upside down when her master suddenly dies. Believing herself to blame, could young Cec somehow have powers she little understands?
Meanwhile Eadie Carleton, a pioneering early film-maker, struggles for her talent to be taken seriously in a male-dominated world, and a brilliant young magician, George Perris, begins to see the potential in moving pictures. George believes that if he can harness this new technology, it will revolutionise the world of magic forever – but in order to achieve his dreams, he must first win over Miss Carleton . . .
As a group of illusionists prepare for a grand spectacle, Cec, Eadie and George’s worlds collide. But while Cec falls in love with the bustling realm of theatre and magic, she faces the fight of her life to save the performance from sabotage and harness the element of real magic held deep within her.
THE ILLUSIONS is the captivating new novel from the much-lauded author of THE GIFTS. Inspired by real-life illusionists and early film pioneers, this astonishing story of women and talent, magic and power, sweeps you into a world where anything is possible and nothing is quite as it seems . . .
‘Hyder is a wonderfully accomplished storyteller. The Illusions is a magical tale of innovation, darkness and delight. A book to disappear into – I devoured it greedily’ Joanne Burn, author of The Hemlock Cure
‘Filled with wonders in all forms, in real life and in the theatre, this is a story that will mesmerise and cast its spell. I loved it’ Essie Fox
The Other Side of Mrs Wood by Lucy Barker
Published June 22nd by Fourth Estate
Historical Fantasy, Historical Mystery, Supernatural Fiction, Religious Fiction
The irresistible story of two rival mediums in Victorian London…
’Charming, gorgeous, an utter delight’ Marian Keyes
Mrs Wood is London’s most celebrated medium. She’s managed to survive decades in the competitive world of contacting the Other Side, has avoided the dreaded slips that revealed others as frauds and is still hosting packed-out séances for Victorian high society.
Yet, some of her patrons have recently cancelled their appointments. There are reports of American mediums nearly materialising full spirits and audiences are no longer satisfied with the knocking on tables and candle theatrics of years gone by. And then, at one of Mrs Wood’s routine gatherings, she hears something terrifying – faint, but unmistakable: a yawn.
Mrs Wood needs to spice up her brand. She decides to take on Emmie, a young protégé, to join her show. But is Emmie Finch the naïve ingenue she seems to be? Or does she pose more of a threat to Mrs Wood’s reign and, more horrifyingly, her reputation than Mrs Wood could ever have imagined?
After That Night (Will Trent Book 11) by Karin Slaughter
Published June 22nd by Harper Collins UK
Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Crime Series
After that night, nothing was ever the same again …
Fifteen years ago, Sara Linton’s life changed forever when a celebratory night out ended in a violent attack that tore her world apart. Since then, Sara has remade her life. A successful doctor, engaged to a man she loves, she has finally managed to leave the past behind her.
Until one evening, on call in the ER, everything changes. Sara battles to save a broken young woman who’s been brutally attacked. But as the investigation progresses, led by GBI Special Agent Will Trent, it becomes clear that Dani Cooper’s assault is uncannily linked to Sara’s.
And it seems the past isn’t going to stay buried forever …
Night Will Find You by Julia Heaberlin
Published June 22nd by Michael Joseph
Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Southern Fiction
Being developed as a TV series by FOX Network
‘Haunting, heartfelt, chilling and beautifully told, Night Will Find You walks that rare line between mystery, thriller and truly original character study. I adored it’
CHRIS WHITAKER, bestselling author of WE BEGIN AT THE END
Vivvy Bouchet, respected scientist and reluctant psychic, saved a boy’s life after a premonition when she was a child.
That boy is now a Texas police officer.
He convinces Vivvy to help him solve a high-profile cold case, working alongside detective Jesse Sharp, a sceptic of anything but fact.
Three-year-old Lizzie Solomon disappeared in broad daylight from her home.
A body was never found, but the child’s mother, Nicolette,
is in prison for the disappearance, loudly proclaiming her innocence.
When a popular podcaster hears of Vivvy’s involvement in the case,
his conspiracy theories about the missing child, and Vivvy’s background,
have an army of fans hanging on every dangerous word.
But when it becomes clear there may be a kidnapper
– or killer – still on the loose,
Vivvy knows there’s more to lose than her reputation.
Because the difference between the truth and a lie can mean life or death . . .
A sharply observed psychological thriller, Night Will Find You explores the dangerous meeting of conspiracy theories and our need to believe – and the line between fact and what we can’t explain.
Speak of the Devil by Rose Wilding
Published June 22nd by Baskerville
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary Fiction
Seven women stand in shock in a seedy hotel room; a man’s severed head sits in the centre of the floor. Each of the women – the wife, the teenager, the ex, the journalist, the colleague, the friend, and the woman who raised him – has a very good reason to have done it, yet each swears she didn’t. In order to protect each other, they must figure out who did.
Against the ticking clock of a murder investigation, each woman’s secret is brought to light as the connections between them converge to reveal a killer.
A beautifully written debut thriller about love, loyalty, and manipulation, Speak of the Devil explores the roles in which women are cast in the lives of terrible men . . . and the fallout when they refuse to stay silent for one moment longer.
Don’t Swipe Right by L.M. Chilton
Published June 22nd by Aries Fiction
Mystery, Suspense, Humour, Romance Novel, Contemporary Romance, Psychological Thriller
‘Utterly compelling and laught-out-loud funny.’ Katy Brent, author of How To Kill Men and Get Away With It
Finding true love can be murder.
Gwen Turner, 29, entrepreneur and part-time barista.
Likes: true-crime podcasts, cheese-based snacks (the more unnaturally orange the better) and constantly refreshing her dating apps.
Dislikes: two-day hangovers, people who refer to themselves as entrepreneurs… and discovering her latest match is actually a serial killer (probably should have put that top of the list).
They say romance is dead – but if Gwen can’t catch the mystery killer who’s targeting every man she’s ever dated – it’s about to get a whole lot more deadly.
A twisty, fast-paced and darkly hilarious modern murder mystery set in the terrifying and mystifying world of online dating, Don’t Swipe Right is perfect for fans of Bella Mackie’s How To Kill Your Family and Netflix’s You.
Over Sharing by Jane Fallon
Published June 22nd by Michael Joseph
Humorous Fiction, Domestic Fiction, Revenge Comedy
Does she have the perfect life?
Or is she living the perfect lie?
Iris is happy, really. No, this isn’t exactly what she thought her forties would look like…she’s divorced. She hasn’t had the baby she so wanted. She’s had to rent out her spare room to help with the bills. But she has a job as a kitchen designer that she loves, and great friends. Things could definitely be worse.
Social influencer Maddy Fulford’s brand is happy families. She preaches loyalty and the sanctity of marriage, and is quickly becoming famous for her wholesome videos of family life. But she’s also the woman who destroyed Iris’s marriage, and Iris isn’t sure she can bear the hypocrisy …
But what happens when not everything being posted is the complete truth?
Jane’s sharply hilarious novel explores the murky truths behind the versions of ourselves we project online, the lengths we go to when we feel we’ve been wronged, and the often unlikely places we find true friendship.
The First Bright Things by J. R. Dawson
Published June 22nd by Tor
Fantasy Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Fiction, Paranormal Fiction, Paranormal Fantasy
If you knew how dark tomorrow would be, what would you do with today?
The First Bright Thing by J. R. Dawson is a spellbinding debut for fans of The Night Circus and The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue.
Welcome to the Circus of the Fantasticals.
Ringmaster – Rin, to those who know her best – can jump to different moments in time as easily as her wife, Odette, soars from bar to bar on the trapeze. With the scars of World War I feeling more distant as the years pass, Rin is focusing on the brighter things in life. Like the circus she’s built and the magical misfits and outcasts – known as Sparks – who’ve made it their home. Every night, Rin and the Fantasticals enchant a Big Top packed full with audiences who need to see the impossible.
But while the present is bright, threats come at Rin from the past and the future. The future holds an impending war that the Sparks can see barrelling toward their Big Top and everyone in it. And Rin’s past creeps closer every day, a malevolent shadow Rin can’t fully escape. It takes the form of another Spark circus, with tents as black as midnight and a ringmaster who rules over his troupe with a dangerous power. Rin’s circus has something he wants, and he won’t stop until it’s his.
Good Girls Die Last by Natali Simmonds
Published June 22nd by Headline
Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Thriller
Today, nothing is going right for Em. And it’s about to get much worse.
Heartbroken by a recent split, with her 30th birthday looming, she loses her job and her home in the same morning because of two swaggering, dishonest men – the boss who sexually harassed her and the flatmate sleeping with her behind his fiancée’s back. But all Em can think about is catching a flight to attend her sister’s wedding and see her dying mother.
With a record-breaking heatwave, and a serial killer making the streets unsafe, London is completely gridlocked. Em’s life has always been full of men getting their own way, and today the scorched city teems with them standing between her and home. As Em’s troubled past returns to haunt her, she refuses to let them win. Her defiance leads to shocking consequences that soon spiral wildly out of control.
In a world where men don’t listen, and girls have no voice, one woman can change everything.
Today, no one will be staying silent.
The Launch Party by Lauren Forry
Published June 22nd by Zaffre
Mystery, Trhiller, Crime Fiction, Detective Stories, Women Sleuths
Agatha Christie meets Andy Weir in the ultimate locked room mystery set in the first hotel on the moon. Perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Anthony Horowitz and Hanna Jameson.
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‘And Then There Were None meets Black Mirror. Lauren Forry’s moon-based murder mystery is heaps of fun. I had a blast!’ TOM HINDLE, author of A Fatal Crossing
THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. YOU’D DIE TO BE THERE.
Ten lucky people have won a place at the most exclusive launch event of the century: the grand opening of the Hotel Artemis, the first hotel on the moon. It’s an invitation to die for. As their transport departs for its return to Earth and the doors seal shut behind them, the guests take the next leap for mankind.
However, they soon discover that all is not as it seems. The champagne may be flowing, but there is no one to pour it. Room service is available, but there is no one to deliver it. Besides the ten of them, they are completely alone.
When one of the guests is found murdered, fear spreads through the group. But that death is only the beginning. Being three days’ journey from home and with no way to contact the outside, can any of the guests survive their stay?
Midnight by Amy McCulloch
Published June 22nd by Michael Joseph
Suspense, Thriller, Psychological Thriller
With her life back in London falling apart, Olivia cannot believe her luck when she’s invited on a once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic cruise with her boyfriend, Aaron.
Olivia has never been anywhere so spectacular: huge cliffs of ice loom high on the horizon, penguins dive through the sparkling sea, and above it all, the sun never sets in the eerie twilight sky.
And then Aaron disappears. And a body is discovered on board.
Surrounded by strangers, Olivia has no idea who she can trust.
And if she can’t figure it out soon, she won’t make it back alive…
Four Seasons in Japan by Nick Bradley
Published June 22nd by Doubleday UK
Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Flo is sick of Tokyo. Suffering from a crisis in confidence, she is stuck in a rut, her translation work has dried up and she’s in a relationship that’s run its course. That’s until she stumbles upon a mysterious book left by a fellow passenger on the Tokyo Subway. From the very first page, Flo is transformed and immediately feels compelled to translate this forgotten novel, a decision which sets her on a path that will change her life…
It is a story about Ayako, a fierce and strict old woman who runs a coffee shop in the small town of Onomichi, where she has just taken guardianship of her grandson, Kyo. Haunted by long-buried family tragedy, both have suffered extreme loss and feel unable to open up to each other. As Flo follows the characters across a year in rural Japan, through the ups and downs of the pair’s burgeoning relationship, she quickly realises that she needs to venture outside the pages of the book to track down its elusive author. And, as her two protagonists reveal themselves to have more in common with her life than first meets the eye, the lines between text and translator converge. The journey is just beginning.
From the author of The Cat and The City, Four Seasons in Japan is a gorgeously crafted book-within-a-book about literature, purpose and what it is to belong.
The Rachel Incident by Caroline O’Donoghue
Published June 22nd by Virago
Literary Fiction, Humorous Fiction
The Rachel Incident is an all-consuming love story. But it’s not the one you expected…
*2023’s MOST ANTICIPATED SUMMER READ*
‘Funny, LOVELY, romantic, DRENCHED in nostalgia’ MARIAN KEYES
‘You will love The Rachel Incident’ GABRIELLE ZEVIN, author of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
The Rachel Incident is an all-consuming love story. But it’s not the one you’re expecting. It’s unconventional and messy. It’s young and foolish. It’s about losing and finding yourself. But it is always about love.
When Rachel falls in love with her married professor, Dr Byrne, her best friend James helps her devise a plan to seduce him. But what begins as a harmless crush soon pushes their friendship to its limits. Over the course of a year they will find their lives ever more entwined with the Byrnes’ and be faced with impossible choices and a lie that can’t be taken back…
The T in LGBT by Jamie Raines
Published June 29th by Ebury Books
LGBTQ+ Biographies, Social Issues
Hey, I’m Jamie, a 29-year-old trans guy from the UK. I’ve been transitioning for 12 years now after realising I was trans (by accident!) at sixteen years old. I knew I was a boy since the age of four, but realised whilst growing up that I was different. It was only in my teens that I found the words to express who I was and what I needed to do. Since then, I’ve been on testosterone for more than a decade – I know, I can’t believe it either – I’ve also had top and bottom surgery and legally changed my sex, so I know a few things about the transitioning process and being trans!
I want to welcome you to The T in LGBT where you can explore and learn about so many topics surrounding gender identity: realising you’re trans, starting hormones, considering surgery, and everything in between. Whether you’re questioning your own identity and are looking for advice on certain stages of transition, or whether you’re wanting to learn about the trans experience to support someone or understand allyship, I hope this book can be your one-stop guide to everything trans related.
And don’t just take my word for it either – this book is packed full of advice, tips, and the personal stories of a range of trans voices, because no one journey is the same.
Are any of these on your TBR? What are you most anticipating being released in June? Let me know in the comments below.
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