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The most anticipated books of 2020

Keep an eye out for these hot new reads in the coming months. These authors are on fire!

Selections by Denise Friday

For a promising debut

The Better Liar

Author: Tanen Jones

Plot: When a woman conceals her sister’s death to claim their joint inheritance, her deception exposes a web of dangerous secrets.

Release: Jan. 14

For a detective mystery set in small-town Georgia

When You See Me

Author: Lisa Gardner

Plot: Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy investigate a mysterious murder from the past, which points to a dangerous and chilling present-day crime.

Available: Jan. 28

For a psychological thriller set in coastal Maine

The Other Mrs.

Author: Mary Kubica

Plot: Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.

Available: Feb. 18

For a non-fiction on the climate crisis

The Future We Choose

Authors: Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

Plot: A cautionary but optimistic book about the world’s changing climate and the fate of humanity.

Available: Feb. 25

For a global thriller set in Vietnam

The Red Lotus

Author: Chris Bohjalian

Plot: An American man vanishes on a rural road in Vietnam, and his girlfriend, an emergency room doctor trained to ask questions, follows a path that leads her home to the very hospital where they met.

Available: March 17

For a contemporary fantasy set in New York City

The City We Became

Author: N.K. Jemisin

Plot: Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city from an ancient evil.

Available: March 24

For science fiction


Author: Max Barry

Plot: A brilliant work of science fiction that tells the intimate tale of four people facing their most desperate hour — alone, together at the edge of the universe.

Available: April 1

For a sweet story where a dog is the hero

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

Author: Beth Morrey

Plot: A celebration of how ordinary days are made extraordinary through friendship, family and the power of forgiving yourself – at any age.

Available: April 7

For a beach-town romance

Hello, Summer

Author: Mary Kay Andrews

Plot: Conley Hawkins witnesses a car accident that ends in the death of a local politician – a beloved war hero with a secret, shady history whose death may not be exactly what it seems.

Available: May 5

For a collection of novellas from the King himself

If It Bleeds

Author: Stephen King

Plot: A collection of four new novellas — Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds. Each pulls you into intriguing and frightening places.

Available: May 5

For a 9/11 relationship mystery

The Lies That Bind

Author: Emily Griffin

Plot: A young woman falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace.

Available: June 2

For a perfect beach read set on Nantucket

28 Summers

Author: Elin Hilderbrand

Plot: For the last 28 summers, Alice and Tom have met to rekindle the passionate love affair they began all those years ago. Each married to someone else, with busy lives and happy families, they’ve managed to keep their secret, and to keep their love alive.

Available: June 16