Fall 2018 Book Preview


Fall is here and with it brings a whole new crop of books that sound so good, I don’t know where to start! I’m ready for cooler temps, reading by the fire under a cozy blanket and yes, the occasional Pumpkin Spice Latte. Fall always seems like a great time to sneak in extra reading as the days get shorter and the weather (where I live) gets colder.  With so many fantastic books being published over the next few months, I had a hard time narrowing down my list! With that being said, grab a pen and settle in with your favorite drink because you just might see a few books here that you’ll also need for your fall reading list.

***All quotes are from publishers via Goodreads***


The Sunrise Highway by Peter Blauner
Publisher: Minotaur Books (Sept.4)
352 Pages, Mystery/Thriller
A thriller about a lone young cop on the trail of a powerful killer determined not just to stop her, but to make her pay.”

Why I want to read:
*Loved his book Slipping Into Darkness (My Review)
*Possible innocent man convicted of murder
* Female detective up against web of conspiracy


The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (Sept 18th)
512 Pages, Mystery/Thriller
How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?”

Why I want to read:
*Very original sounding debut
*Being billed as a complex, clever murder mystery
*Seems to have some elements of 11/22/63 by Stephen King which I loved



The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Oct.2)
384 Pages, Women’s Fiction
A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable.”

Why I want to read:
*New to me author & I’ve heard this is one of her best
*I like the idea of a time travel element
*1970s time period & early reviews say it’s unputdownable and dramatic


 The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
Publisher: Gallery Books (Oct 9)
304 Pages, Women’s Fiction/Romantic Comedy
A fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar”
Why I want to read:
*Hyped as ‘For fans of The Royal We’…enough said, loved that book! (My Review)
*I can’t resist the word “spy” in any book description
*This sounds like a lighter read with substance


The Witch Elm by Tana French
Publisher: Viking Books (Oct 9)
464 pages, Mystery/Thriller
“Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life”
Why I want to read:
*Favorite author, I loved her last book The Trespasser (My Review)
*I always find her books very suspenseful with hard to figure out mysteries
*Standalone – all new characters although I do like The Dublin Murder Squad from past books


November Road by Lou Berney
Publisher: William Morrow (Oct 9)
336 Pages, Literary Crime Fiction
“Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America”
Why I want to read:
*I loved Berney’s previous book The Long and Faraway Gone My Review
* The Kennedy Assassination as a backdrop
*Has elements of the mob, fugitives on the run, and a possible love story


The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Publisher: Harper (Oct 9)
224 Pages, Visionary & Metaphysical
“The story of Eddie’s heavenly reunion with Annie, the little girl he saved on earth, in an unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect.”
Why I want to read:
*I loved The Five People You Meet in Heaven ( it’s been 15 years since that came out!)
*In Five People we got Eddie’s story, this is Annie’s story
* Mitch Albom’s writing is engaging and contemplative but also highly readable


The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
Publisher: Atria Books (Oct 9)
496 Pages, Historical Fiction/Mystery
“The story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860’s until the present day.”
Why I want to read:
*I’ve never read Kate Morton but everyone seems to rave about her books
*I love books with secrets that span generations
*Combines art theft with a love affair & murder



The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
Publisher: Minotaur Books (Oct 16)
432 Pages, Mystery
“A young cop trying to trace the disappearances of a small town’s teenagers.”
Why I want to read:
*Sharon Bolton is an auto buy author for me, I don’t care what she writes I’ll read it
*Female detective, possibility she put the wrong man in jail for murder years ago
*Early buzz is this one is VERY creepy!




A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
Publisher: Hogarth Press (Nov 13)
368 Pages
“A seductive Highsmithian psychodrama following one brilliant, ruthless man who will stop at nothing in his pursuit of fame”
Why I want to read:
*Boyne’s last book, The Heart’s Invisible Furies (My review) was my favorite book of 2017
*His characterization is outstanding
*This has a thriller type feel to it


The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskins
Publisher: Mulholland Books (Nov 13)
352 Pages, Mystery/Detective
“Joe Talbert returns to investigate the murder of the father he never knew, and to reckon with his own family’s past.”
Why I want to read:
*Sequel to The Life We Bury (My Review) which was a 5 star read for me
*Joe is a character I really rooted for and can’t wait to reconnect with
*Esken plots layered mysteries I can’t figure out, which I love!



My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Publisher: Doubleday Books (Nov 20)
240 Pages, Dark Humor/Suspense
“Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.”
Why I want to read:
*Come on, the title and cover alone is enough to make this a must read for me
*Short Debut that’s billed as fun and frightening
* Dark humor, a serial killer, & 2 sisters with very different agendas



So what do you think? Are any of these on your TBR? What are you looking forward to this fall? Drop me a line in the comment section below and let me know!













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21 thoughts on “Fall 2018 Book Preview

  1. I looked at Evelyn Hardcastle and am still interested in it – will let you vet it for me! And, My Sister the Serial Killer! Am not going to jump on it, but will keep it on my radar and read it if I’m hearing good things.


    1. Thanks Tina, it was hard to narrow down my list! I’m glad you liked The Dream Daughter, it sounds like something different for me which I’m looking forward to.


  2. Definitely looking forward to reading Diane Chamberlain’s new book this fall! I’ve read most of her books and have enjoyed all of them. Also looking forward to Mitch Albom’s new book!


    1. I’m so excited to finally read Diane Chamberlain, I’ve heard such great things about her books and it sounds like you’ve also enjoyed her writing. I had Mitch Albom’s book on this list then decided to just keep it 12…I think it sounds great though! I hope you enjoy it!


  3. I’m excited to read The Dream Daughter and The Clockmaker’s Daughter. I need to get a copy of The Craftsman, because I keep hearing how fantastic it is. And I was SO happy to get a copy of the new John Boyne book!!


    1. I’m happy you’re reading all these too Brandie, we’ll have lots to discuss:) I can’t hold off much longer on the John Boyne!!


  4. Great preview, Renee! I’m looking forward to the Diane Chamberlain, Kate Morton, and John Boyne. I loved The Royal We but have seen mixed reviews on this one–I’ll wait for some more reviews before picking it up 🙂


    1. Thanks Allison, I haven’t read any reviews of The Royal Runaway but I will be a little nervous it won’t be as good as The Royal We


  5. “Seems to have some elements of 11/22/63 by Stephen King which I loved” it’s not like that book. At all! but you should read it when you have patience and you want to focus, it requires a bit of patience at first but it definitely pays off! Oh and Craftsman ❤


  6. I’m excited and nervous about the Boyne. He set the bar so high with Heart’s Invisible. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to the Morton because while they may not always be 5 stars, I usually enjoy her books.

    I’m curious about Evelyn Hardcastle. The title is so similar to the 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! Look forward to reading your thoughts about it- I love a murder mystery.


    1. For the Boyne, I snuck a peek at a couple trusted reviewers thoughts on Goodreads and when I saw “it’s just as good as Heart’s” I stopped reading! I was nervous too but reading that made me really want to try it soon! I thought the same thing about the Hardcastle title and I’m wondering if that will be significant


  7. You’ve got a fabulous list, Renee! I have read The Dream Daughter and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and loved both…I gave both 5 stars. Two completely different books but both really great. Evelyn Hardcastle is one of the most unusual mysteries that I’ve read in a long time, and I wasn’t sure what to think at first but once I got into it, I enjoyed it tremendously! I just started The Royal Runaway, so I hope it’s good (only 2 chapters in). I have November Road to read next and am excited since I love JFK themed books. The Clockmaker’s Daughter will be my 1st Kate Morton and The Craftsman will be my 1st Sharon Bolton, so I’m really looking forward to those!! I need to add the Boyne book to my TBR, but omg I STILL haven’t read Hearts (hides head in embarrassment)! Enjoy your fall reads. 🙂


    1. Thanks Stephanie, so many fall reads to look forward to!! I hope you like the Sharon Bolton, she’s one of my very favorite authors


  8. I really want to read Evelyn. I also thought it sounds abit like 11/22/63 until I read Annie’s comment lol. My Sister, The Serial Killer sounds really good too. Thanks for sharing this list!


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