This Week’s Hottest Releases: 3/20 – 3/26

This Week’s Hottest Releases: 3/20 – 3/26

Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 10 titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Spring Previews for the best books coming out this season.

The Nest

You’ve most likely already seen the cover of Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel. It’s one of the most buzzed about books of the season—we even picked it as a must-read fiction title for this spring. Set in New York City, the story focuses on four middle-aged siblings who clash when they learn that their trust fund has dried up thanks to a drunken mistake by one of their own. Melody likes to live large and needs the money to help her twins go to college; Jack needs it to keep his store open and to keep a secret from his husband; Bea needs it to survive after she fails to deliver her novel to her publisher; and reckless Leo is the one who needed the money for legal fees after a drunk night resulted in an accident. All families are a little dysfunctional, but this brood give the word new meaning.

Fool Me Once

If you’ve never picked up a Harlan Coben novel before, we think this is a great one to start with. Named one of our top mystery picks of the season, this thrilling story kicks off when veteran special ops pilot Maya Burkett sees her dead husband on her nanny cam. He was supposedly attacked and killed in Central Park, but there he is playing with their two-year-old daughter. Maya doesn’t know what to think, but she does know that she needs answers, and fast. Unsure if she can trust her own eyes, Maya sets out to uncover the truth about what she thinks she saw on the nanny cam.

The Summer Before the War

Beatrice Nash isn’t sure what to expect when she arrives in the small town of Rye in Sussex, England in 1914. She knows that many will take issue with a woman being named Latin master at the local school, but she does have one advocate in her corner: Agatha Grange. Agatha introduces Beatrice to her nephew Hugh, who is taking a break from his medical studies to visit his aunt. Beatrice quickly finds herself falling in love with the small town and the gorgeous Sussex countryside. But the world is quickly changing and her newfound home is about to be rocked by World War I. Helen Simonson doesn’t disappoint with her latest historical novel.

No One Knows

Five years ago, Aubrey Hamilton’s husband disappeared. When the state of Tennessee officially declares him dead, it brings her no closure. She’s still desperate to find out what happened to Josh. Was he killed? Did he run away? When evidence turns up that Josh was keeping secrets from her, Aubrey sets out on a quest to learn the truth. Fans of unreliable narrators will devour this psychological thriller from J.T. Ellison.

The Caped Crusade

With Batman v Superman soaring into theaters this Friday, comic fans feel more compelled than ever to make it clear which hero they stand behind. For fans of Gotham’s Batman, this is the perfect book to pick up before you head to the movie. NPR book critic Glen Weldon explores the Dark Knight’s rise from humble beginnings to cinematic greatness, as well as how the frequent changes in his character help to reflect our culture. Even casual fans will find themselves quickly turning pages to learn more about how our comic heroes affect and even shape our everyday lives.

Bride of a Distant Isle

Readers craving a gothic romance this week should pick up Sandra Byrd’s latest. When Miss Annabel Ashton is summoned back to her family home, she finds herself held hostage by her cousin Edward. On the verge of financial ruin, he’s putting the house on the market and sending her off to be married to his creditor. But Annabel begins uncovering mysterious items in the house that suggest she, not Edward, is the true heir and owner of the home. Perhaps the handsome ship captain Marco Dell’Acqua can help her break free and take ownership of her land before it’s too late.

The Lost Book of Moses

Part historical drama and part engaging mystery, journalist Chanan Tigay takes readers on an incredible adventure to learn the truth about one of the most famous books in the world: the Bible. The tale begins back in 1883 when a treasure hunter named Moses Wilhelm Shapira claimed to have discovered an original copy of the book of Deuteronomy. The scrolls he uncovered could have changed the course of biblical study, yet he was discredited by his nemesis, Charles Clermont-Ganneau. Shapira left England ashamed and distraught, later committing suicide in the Netherlands. In this fascinating book, Tigay goes on a journey to learn the truth about Shapira and his famous discovery.


Wink Poppy Midnight

Young adult readers looking for an exhilarating mystery are in for a treat. April Genevieve Tucholke’s latest follows three very different teenagers. Poppy is beautiful, blonde, and a bully. Still, Midnight can’t help but long for her. Knowing that his chances of capturing her attention are low, he shifts his focus to Wink. Redheaded Wink couldn’t be more different from Poppy. She’s wonderfully weird, lives in a house run by a mother who reads tea leaves and tarot cards, and she cares more about books than being popular. When Poppy’s jealousy over Wink gets the better of her, she conceives a plot to lock Wink in an abandoned mansion in the forest overnight. You might be sleeping with a nightlight on after reading this gothic tale.

The Inn Between

Marina Cohen’s suspense novel is perfect for middle graders who are brave enough to face their fears. Quinn is having a rough year: she was caught cheating in school, her best friend is moving away, and her younger sister Emma has gone missing. Needing to get away, Quinn joins her BFF Kara’s family on vacation. The trip is supposed to be fun, but things take a dark turn when they decide to stay in the Inn Between, a Victorian hotel in the middle of the desert. The hotel gives Quinn the creeps, and when Kara’s family goes missing, her worst fears are confirmed. Together, Quinn and Kara team up to find their lost loved ones.

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Stories from Bug Garden

Spring is officially here. There are tons of great picture books coming out this season, but this is a must-have for readers who are wary of insects. This is the best time of year to teach kids about the natural world, and this book takes creepy critters and turns them into new friends. There’s a ladybug who likes mud angels, a cricket ready for adventure, and a roly-poly bug who just likes to have fun. Gwen Millward’s illustrations perfectly compliment Lisa Moser’s prose poems about how remarkable our own backyards can be.

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