The Hottest New Releases of April

Posted by Cybil on April 1, 2019
Love, longing, war, and getting real with yourself: April's new books have something for every type of reader.

This month, the author of the bestselling World War II novel Lilac Girls is back with her sophomore book, a prequel set a generation earlier. Or check out the book that's already a huge success in the U.K. and is just now hitting U.S. bookstores, Sally Rooney's literary love story Normal People.

Two Australians are also winning raves for their new novels. There's Sally Hepworth's domestic suspense The Mother-in-Law and the coming-of-age debut Boy Swallows Universe by journalist Trent Dalton.

Each month the Goodreads Editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published, how early reviewers are rating them, and how many readers are adding these books to Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.

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In this prequel set a generation before her bestselling novel, Lilac Girls, Eliza Ferriday embarks on a trip of a lifetime to the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg and the avenues of Paris under the shadow of World War I.

Release date: April 9

Read our interview with Martha Hall Kelly here.


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A lot of people have complicated relationships with their in-laws. Most of them don't end in murder. A perplexing autopsy report and a last-minute will change are only the beginning in this book from The Family Next Door author.

Release date: April 23

Read our interview with Sally Hepworth here.


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In a seedy suburb of Brisbane, Eli learns what it means to be a good man. His potential role models: a lost father, a heroin dealer stepdad, and Slim, his most steadfast guardian—who just happens to be a notorious felon and frequent prison escapee.

Release date: April 2

Read our interview with Trent Dalton here.


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The electricity of first love clashes with the subtleties of class as young Connell and Marianne confront the limits of their connection over the years in this novel from the author of Conversations with Friends.

Release date: April 16



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In this fictionalized account of a true story of systemic sexual abuse in a remote Mennonite colony, the women meet and decide what to do. This novel has drawn comparisons to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Release date: April 2



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In this novel set in the 1990s from the author of Lily and the Octopus, a struggling writer gets his big break when his novel is sold to an editor at a major publishing house. That editor's name? Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

Release date: April 2



In this Chinese-inspired YA fantasy, a princess finds herself in power after her father dies. As she learns to rule her country, she's plagued by suspicions that the king may have been murdered.

Release date: April 9



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This memoir-in-essays explores what happened after the author checked off all the boxes on her successful life's to-do list and realized she might need to reinvent both the list and herself.

Release date: April 2


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The psychotherapist and national advice columnist gives readers a hilarious and thought-provoking look behind the scenes of a therapist’s world—where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).

Release date: April 2

Read Lori Gottlieb's book recommendations here.


Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Heather (new)

Heather Is there a date set for the third in Hilary Mantells Wolf Hall series please


message 2: by Seamus D (new)

Seamus D These books sound truly dreadful.


message 3: by Seamus D (new)

Seamus D Navel gazing, nostalgia and enjoying other people's misery does not make for a healthy society.


message 4: by Stephn0313 (new)

Stephn0313 These are really horrible synopsis of these books. I have read Normal People by Sally Rooney and her writing is superb. Her ability to really get under the skin of her characters is stunning. You can't be having a human experience and not relate in some way to the feeling of her characters.

Read this review if you are slightly curious about this extraordinary work. https://www.theguardian.com/books/201...


message 5: by Donna (new)

Donna DiMarco “Caught in the Power of a Thing That Cannot Be Seen” by
Donna DiMarco👍🏻


message 6: by Kate (new)

Kate Stephn0313 wrote: "These are really horrible synopsis of these books. I have read Normal People by Sally Rooney and her writing is superb. Her ability to really get under the skin of her characters is stunning. You c..."

Thanks for the Guardian review. Now I look forward to reading Normal People.


message 7: by John (new)

John Johnson Non fiction?


message 8: by Derek (new)

Derek Keeling Need something different to read? Maybe something with twists and turns that will keep you guessing? Take a trip to a ruthless place where life struggles to survive and eyes stalk your every move. Take a trip to Nomad's Island. You won't regret it.


message 9: by Nick (new)

Nick Ziino I'm most looking forward to reading Julie Andrews' "Home Work" and Lee Child's "Past Tense".


message 10: by Arie (new)

Arie Seamus D wrote: "These books sound truly dreadful."

Heather wrote: "Is there a date set for the third in Hilary Mantells Wolf Hall series please"

I agree


message 11: by Stephn0313 (new)

Stephn0313 Kate wrote: "Stephn0313 wrote: "These are really horrible synopsis of these books. I have read Normal People by Sally Rooney and her writing is superb. Her ability to really get under the skin of her characters..."

My pleasure. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


message 12: by Becky (new)

Becky Richter Just upset that there are no urban paranormal in this list. That’s the main genre I read. I love Karen Chance and Patricia Briggs.


message 13: by Peter (new)

Peter Azzole ASSIGNMENT: NORWAY
Released in early March, was Book 3 of a WWII Navy intelligence novel series. There is a harrowing Top Secret mission into the woods of occupied Norway to help thwart Germany's race to achieving an atomic bomb. The escape from that mission is thrilling and dangerous, as is the spy tracking activities when back in London.
Historical fiction fanciers are finding this novel compelling.


message 14: by Kathy (new)

Kathy I just want to read something funny. The condition of the world today dictates that for my mental health, I need to escape to laughter. Maybe I am too low brow but the list does not appeal to me.


message 15: by Andy (new)

Andy Behrendt Adrian McKinty's The Chain is at the very top of my can't wait list. The reviews from some of the best authors going around are truly remarkable.


message 16: by Dywane (new)

Dywane That's Wonderful Book?


message 17: by Sharonh (new)

Sharonh Does Goodreads have a category for "Touchy-Feely"? No non-fiction, history etc.? I personally don't care about the lives of fictitious characters. Real people and the world we live in are much more fascinating. Very disappointed with this list.


message 18: by A.M. (new)

A.M. When will Amy Greene's The Nature of Fire be published?


message 19: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ Seamus D wrote: "These books sound truly dreadful."

I disagree. Mostly.


message 20: by nitya (new)

nitya The Descendant of the Crane cover is STUNNING

Great picks here! :D


message 21: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ Nitya wrote: "The Descendant of the Crane cover is STUNNING

Great picks here! :D"



I totally agree! :)


message 22: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ Ayja wrote: "Nitya wrote: "The Descendant of the Crane cover is STUNNING

Great picks here! :D"

I put The Descendant of the Crane on my want to read list.
I totally agree! :)"



message 23: by Alejandra (new)

Alejandra Portela I would love to be informed of XXI novels to read with my graduate sts at university


message 24: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ Alejandra wrote: "I would love to be informed of XXI novels to read with my graduate sts at university"

ok. get the inexplicable logic of my life. then sherwood


message 25: by Ricardo (new)

Ricardo Paulus Stephn0313 wrote: "These are really horrible synopsis of these books. I have read Normal People by Sally Rooney and her writing is superb. Her ability to really get under the skin of her characters is stunning. You c..."

Agree. Total character study.


Ivana - Diary of Difference A couple of amazing books are coming this month, but they weren't mentioned. Quite a shame...


message 27: by Ivana - Diary of Difference (last edited Apr 08, 2019 06:13AM) (new)


message 28: by Alex (new)

Alex Zagorac Women Talking was actually published last August? Not a new release.


message 29: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ Alex wrote: "Women Talking was actually published last August? Not a new release."

I think they are just doing popular books that were "recently" written.


message 30: by Alex (new)

Alex Zagorac Ayja wrote: "Alex wrote: "Women Talking was actually published last August? Not a new release."

I think they are just doing popular books that were "recently" written."


"The Hottest New Releases of April" though?


message 31: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ Alex wrote: "Ayja wrote: "Alex wrote: "Women Talking was actually published last August? Not a new release."

I think they are just doing popular books that were "recently" written."

"The Hottest New Releases ..."
True very true.......................


message 32: by Ann (new)

Ann Nick wrote: "I'm most looking forward to reading Julie Andrews' "Home Work" and Lee Child's "Past Tense"."

Julie Andrews as in the singer/actress?


message 33: by BookishDaisy (new)

BookishDaisy Those are some lovely covers for April!


message 34: by Cybil, Goodreads employee (new)

Cybil Alex wrote: "Ayja wrote: "Alex wrote: "Women Talking was actually published last August? Not a new release."

I think they are just doing popular books that were "recently" written."

"The Hottest New Releases ..."


These are by U.S. publication dates. Women Talking is just now coming to the U.S. (as well as Normal People).


message 35: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Alex wrote: "Ayja wrote: "Alex wrote: "Women Talking was actually published last August? Not a new release."

I think they are just doing popular books that were "recently" written."

"The Hottest New Releases ..."


I think these books are newly released in America, even though they were released in the UK before.


message 36: by Andres (new)

Andres Seamus D wrote: "These books sound truly dreadful."

lol. Start with "The mother-in-law"


message 37: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Derek wrote: "Need something different to read? Maybe something with twists and turns that will keep you guessing? Take a trip to a ruthless place where life struggles to survive and eyes stalk your every move. ..."
I went to check this out and boy are you right, I would love to read this one, thanks Derek for the info!!


message 38: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Kathy wrote: "I just want to read something funny. The condition of the world today dictates that for my mental health, I need to escape to laughter. Maybe I am too low brow but the list does not appeal to me."

I hear you. Reading is my escape, also. Sometimes I just need something light-hearted.


message 39: by meow (new)

meow reader Nice I liked all of them.And they are confusing to me .But still nice.You should read them all!!!!!!!!


message 40: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ Cybil wrote: "Alex wrote: "Ayja wrote: "Alex wrote: "Women Talking was actually published last August? Not a new release."

I think they are just doing popular books that were "recently" written."

"The Hottest ..."

okkkkkkkk thAT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE


message 41: by dalex (new)

dalex The Book of Flora by Meg Elison. April 23rd. I've had it preordered since December!


message 42: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Wow. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all. They have to keep to a certain word count for this article. Maybe instead of complaining you could write what you think would be a better blurb in the comments instead of putting down someone else's work?


message 43: by Kate (new)

Kate Johnson What is this post talking about? Normal People was published back in 2018.


message 44: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ Natalie wrote: "Wow. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all. They have to keep to a certain word count for this article. Maybe instead of complaining you could write what you think would be a b..."

who are you talking to?


message 45: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Heather wrote: "Is there a date set for the third in Hilary Mantells Wolf Hall series please"

Rumored to be late 2019, no official date yet.


message 46: by Rumell (new)

Rumell Khan I am excited.


message 47: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ same


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