• Clodagh Meaney

17 must-read books coming out this August

From Psychological Thrillers to Romance novels, August is shaping up to be a great month for Bookworms.

Tuesday 11th

No Offense by Meg Cabot

From the author of the Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot, comes charming romance story No Offense.

The novel follows a librarian and town sheriff who just might be made for each other if only they could put their differences aside.

We Are All The Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin

Trumanell Branson disappeared 10 years ago, leaving only a bloody handprint behind.

When her brother Wyatt finds a lost girl dumped in a field of dandelions, he believes it's a sign.

Meanwhile, the town's youngest cop, Odette Tucker, a former friend of Trumanell tries desperately to solve both cases.

Little Scratch by Rebecca Watson

Telling the story of an unnamed woman, Little Scratch follows a sexual assault survivor living in a world of office politics as she tries to return to the mundane every day following her rape.

Thursday 13th

Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Born just 10 months apart, sisters July and September are best friends. Following a case of school bullying, the girls move away with their single mother to an abandoned family home on the shore.

In their new isolated life, a sense of dread and unease takes over the house. July finds that the bond she has always had with her sister is changing in ways she cannot understand.

Soon a series of events tests their limits and forces shocking revelations about their past and future.

Tuesday 18th

All Eyes on Her by L.E Flynn

When Tabby and Mark go into the woods, only one of them makes it out alive.

Everyone thinks that they know what happened that day. Some say she pushed him off a cliff. Others say he fell accidentally.

But only she knows what really happened that day.

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

One afternoon, in a town in Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son’s body, wrapped in fabric, at her feet.

What follows is the heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand their child, and what happened to him.

A Room Called Earth by Madeline Ryan

The debut novel from neurodiversity advocate Madeline Ryan follows a young autistic woman at a party.

As she weaves between people and conversations they are drawn in by her magnetic force.

When she meets a man in the line for the toilet, she invites him back to her house where she experiences the joy of what it means to be alive.

Wednesday 19th

Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose

When a serial killer grabs Daisy Dawson, he believes he's found his next victim.

However, as she fights back, she is freed and flees, but not before pulling off a necklace from around the killer's neck.

The piece of jewellery is more than a trivial item, it's a link to a cold case that Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has been tracking for almost two decades.

With Daisy’s help, Gideon finally has the opportunity to get closer to the truth than ever before.

Here Is The Beehive by Sarah Crossan

Veteran Young Adult writer Sarah Crossan turns her hand to adult novels with Here Is The Beehive.

The story follows Ana and Connor who have been having an affair for thee years. Finding herself alone, and trapped inside their secret romance she reaches out to Connor's wife Rebecca.

Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

Born in a bathtub in 1954 to a white mother and a Cherokee father, Betty Carpenter is the sixth of eight siblings.

The world they inhabit in the rural town of Breathed, Ohio, is one of poverty and violence–both from outside the family and, devastatingly, from within Despite the hardships Betty faces, she is resilient. Her curiosity about the natural world, her fierce love for her sisters, and her father’s brilliant stories are kindling for the fire of her own imagination, and in the face of all to which she bears witness, Betty discovers an escape: she begins to write.

Recounting the horrors of her family’s past and present, she relives moments that have stung her so deeply she could not tell them, until now.

Tuesday 25th

The Swallow by Marie Snow

When Michelle Landry moves to the city of Stillwake for a new beginning she leaves all her problems behind her.

When a string of serial killings making headlines, she feels her newly healed world crashing around her.

She begins to wonder if the darkness is coming back and has to either fight or accept her life and let it take her under.

The Companion by Katie Alender

After surviving a horrible accident that killed her family, orphan Margot wakes up screaming every night.

She gets a fresh start when a prestigious family, The Suttons, rescue her from a group home.

Hand[picked, she becomes a companion for their silent and mysterious daughter Agatha.

It's not long before their isolated, gothic house begins to play tricks on her mind, making her question everything she believes about her new family and herself.

Hidden by Laura Griffin

When a woman is found murdered on a hike and bike trail, an investigative reporter, Bailey Rhoads, shows up on the scene demanding access and answers.

Lead detective Jacob Merritt has never seen a case like it before - nothing adds up. With Bailey's hunch that the victim wasn't who she claimed to be she digs deeper leading her to find a high-tech fortress where researches are pushing boundaries of new technology that could be fatal in the wrong hands.

As a ruthless hit man's next target becomes clear, Baily and Jacob embark on a desprate search to get to them before their killer does.

Now That I've Found You by Kristina Forest

Following in the footsteps of her famous grandma, 18-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star.

That is until she is betrayed by a close friend which leaves her blacklisted.

Hoping her grandmother, Gigi, aka Evelyn Conaway, can help her save her career, Evie plans to present her with an honorary award, that is until Gigi disappears.

She must enlist the help of the last person to see her before she vanished, Milo Williams, a cute musician who she isn't sure she can even trust.

The pair ensue a manhunt across New York City romance and adventure await Evie as she makes some surprising discoveries about her grandmother, and herself.

Thursday 27th

Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

Coming from a life of poverty and neglect, Beyah meets Samson, from a wealthy family, and the pair find themselves spending the summer as neighbours.

With a bond too intense to ignore, they decide to embark in a summer fling before their new lives begin at opposite ends of the country.

What they don't realise is that a rip current is on its way to drag both of their hearts out to sea.

When I Was You by Amber Garza

On an ordinary autumn morning, Kelly Medina gets a call from her son's paediatrician to confirm her upcoming 'well-baby' appointment. He left for college a year ago - it must be a cruel mistake. Quickly apologising, the receptionist realises there's another mother in town with the same name.

But Kelly can't stop thinking about the woman who shares her name. Lives in her same town. When Kelly just happens to bump into the single mother outside that paediatrician's office, it's simple curiosity getting the better of her.

Their friendship which brings Kelly a renewed sense of purpose quickly turns obsessive. When one Kelly vanishes, the other one may know why.

The Shame by Makenna Goodman

Alma and her family raise chickens and sheep at their home in Vermont, Canada. Every day when her husband goes to work she stays at home with the children, cleans and shops online.

One night she abruptly leaves her life behind, bound for New York.

Through a series of flashbacks, she reveals the circumstances and choices that led to her decision.

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