May Releases I Am Excited About

May took me a bit by surprise. Just yesterday I woke up and though, wait a minute, it's May already? So this list comes a bit later than usual. Good news though, some of the books are already out, no need to wait to get them!

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins - May 2nd

The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon.

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, satisfying read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now.

Why so excited: who hasn't read Girl in the Train yet? Probably nobody, it was a real phenomenon and even if I was not the biggest fan (I did enjoy it but I have enjoyed other similar books more), I am very curious about this story. The first reviews are a bit mixed, so I can't wait to find out for myself. 

One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton - May 4th 

It's been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie's dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer's here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy - but what's it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms - the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was ... 

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again - gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with - or so she thinks. What's going to happen this time? What's more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky - Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn't know how she fits in any more. 

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had? 

Why so excited: I have only heard good things about Keris Stainton's stories so I'm very excited to read this, which I recently received. Plus, how beautiful is this cover? 

Release by Patrick Ness - May 4th

The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...

Why so excited: I only recently read A Monster Calls and fell in love with it. So imagine my excitement when a copy of his new release landed on my doorstep. It sounds like a beautiful story.

The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon - May 18th

When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it's the small pieces that make up the bigger picture... Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.

A successful travel journalist, Bridget has ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog about the missing pieces of her heart into a book. But after a spate of rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition.

Nicole Dupré died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel. Tasked with finishing the book, Bridget is thankful to have her foot in the publishing door, even if it means relocating to Cornwall for the summer and answering to Nicole's grieving husband, Charlie...

Why so excited: Paige Toon's stories are always something special. In fact, her last one, made my top ten of the year last year, so yes, I am really excited for this title!

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo - May 18th

Two people. One choice. What if?

Every love story has a beginning…

11th September 2001. Lucy and Gabe meet in New York on a day that will change their lives – and the world – forever. As the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time.

Over the next thirteen years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It’s a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness – and above all, love.

As Lucy is faced with a devastating choice, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny or chance.

…what if this is how their story ends?

Me Before You meets One Day in this passionate debut novel, The Light We Lost, an epic love story about the heartrending decision that one woman must make…

Why so excited: I received a copy of this book on the mail a couple of weeks ago and it instantly caught my attention. Even more after reading the blurb and the first reviews. It's now on top of my tbr pile. 

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling - May 18th

It's a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good job, four bossy sisters and a needy cat must also have want of her one true love. Or is it?

Another delightful novel from the author of The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts. Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan

Verity Love – Jane Austen fangirl and an introvert in a world of extroverts – is perfectly happy on her own (thank you very much), and her fictional boyfriend Peter is very useful for getting her out of unwanted social events. But when a case of mistaken identity forces her to introduce a perfect stranger as her boyfriend, Verity’s life suddenly becomes much more complicated.

Johnny could also use a fictional girlfriend. Against Verity’s better judgement, he persuades her to partner up for a summer season of weddings, big number birthdays and garden parties, with just one promise - not to fall in love with each other…

Why so excited: I read The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts earlier this year and had so much fun at this quirky bookshop that I cannot wait to go back and discover this new story.

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3 comentaris

  1. Some fabulous stories you're showcasing Alba.

    I've almost finished Paige Toon's (it's a must read!).

    I'm going to put my hand up here ... I haven't (and don't intend to) read The Girl on the Train.

    Happy Reading Alba. Thanks for linking #ToTT

  2. Oooh a new Patrick Ness, that's exciting!
    I've heard mixed reviews on the new Paula Hawkins novel. I liked The Girl on the Train but have heard this one may be suffering from second novel syndrome.

  3. I love the cover for One Italian Summer and the new Patrick Ness book sounds interesting but I don't think I'll be reading Into the Water (even though it has a nice cover too)
    And I haven't read Girl on the Train - *slinks away in disgrace*