August's Most Anticipated New Books

Posted by Cybil on August 1, 2019
A gothic mystery set in a smart home in the secluded Scottish Highlands. A near-future sci-fi thriller about an all-powerful corporation and its dastardly deeds. A new novel from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl. August offers plenty of excuses to curl up with a great book.

To find the month's most anticipated reads, the Goodreads Editorial team takes a look at the new releases being published in the U.S., readers' early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their 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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Part gothic horror, part smart home gone awry, part twisty mystery, the latest novel from the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 takes place in the Scottish Highlands as a young nanny uncovers secrets in an isolated high-tech mansion.

Release date: August 6

Read our interview with Ware here.


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In this romantic novel from the author of How to Walk Away, a female firefighter moves to Boston to care for her estranged and ailing mother—and finds an affinity with a handsome rookie at the station.

Release date: August 13

Read our interview with Center here.


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Jensen decided early on in his journalism career that he would focus his work on unsolved murders and missing-persons cases. His book is both a memoir and a how-to guide for solving cases using social media, crowdsourcing, and old-fashioned sleuthing.

Release date: August 13

Read Jensen's essay on his favorite fictional citizen detectives.


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A mysterious kidnapping. A devastating explosion. A diabolical enemy. Medical examiner Sara Linton and investigator Will Trent find themselves in the heart of a deadly conspiracy in the ninth installment of the Will Trent series.

Release date: August 20



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The author best known for The Other Boleyn Girl and other tales of palace intrigue is back with the story of a poor midwife during the 1648 English Civil War who finds herself tempted by a forbidden love affair.

Release date: August 20

Gregory shares some of her favorite literary heroines.


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This short story collection spans decades, perspectives, and even species, but all take place in the same fictional town, Cross River, Maryland, a village founded by slave rebels.

Release date: August 20



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In a near dystopian future, the best you can hope for is to land a gig at the Cloud, an all-powerful tech company. However, not all is what it seems to be in this thriller, which is already in the process of being adapted for film by director Ron Howard.

Release date: August 20



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message 1: by John (new)

John I'm looking forward to Rion Amilcar Scott's collection.

Also: Goodreads is now owned by Amazon, yet I see waaaaaay more spam posts than I've ever seen here. Can't you guys fix this? It's frustrating.


message 2: by PookyGurl (new)

PookyGurl John wrote: "I'm looking forward to Rion Amilcar Scott's collection.

Also: Goodreads is now owned by Amazon, yet I see waaaaaay more spam posts than I've ever seen here. Can't you guys fix this? It's frustrating."


I agree wholeheartedly.


message 3: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Evans Just ordered Ruth Ware's new book and The Whisper Man by Alex North from BOTM - really looking forward to both of these! I have Things You Save in a Fire, but haven't read it yet.


message 4: by Jasmine (last edited Aug 01, 2019 07:54AM) (new)

Jasmine John wrote: "I see waaaaaay more spam posts than I've ever seen here. Can't you guys fix this? It's frustrating."

I've noticed that too. There are SO MANY.

The World Doesn't Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott sounds interesting!


message 5: by Mary Beth (new)

Mary Beth  MacLeay A Better Man by Louise Penny


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Where the Ice Falls: The Falls Mysteries by J.E. Barnard Release Aug 10

A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny Release Aug 27

All these spam comments are really annoying me as I like notifications and I'm getting swamped with eMails. I can't understand why GR's IT people can't stop these because there's definitely a pattern to most of them - the member has just joined in July, they all come from the same address in Pakistan, they all have a link to the same url " www.help54.com" and the members have NO books shelved on GR and they appear in the comments on most news articles. Now I don't think it's beyond the ability of any normal IT technician to find a way to block these and that would get rid of most of them. Maybe just blocking or blacklisting the IP address they come from but I expect they're all hidden behind some VPN. I keep flagging them and they do take them down eventually.


message 7: by Vivienne (new)

Vivienne Hmm. None of these grab me immediately! I've enjoyed Phillipa Gregory in the past and the short stories sound interesting . . .


message 8: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Philip wrote: "Now I don't think it's beyond the ability of any normal IT technician to find a way to block these and that would get rid of most of them. Maybe just blocking or blacklisting the IP address they come from but I expect they're all hidden behind some VPN. I keep flagging them and they do take them down eventually.

Yeah, I wonder if it's possible to block their IP address?

I flag the spam comments too, but it's time consuming, and it takes a while for them to be removed...


message 9: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Jasmine wrote: "Philip wrote: "Now I don't think it's beyond the ability of any normal IT technician to find a way to block these and that would get rid of most of them. Maybe just blocking or blacklisting the IP ..."

Same here. I love to read the REAL comments to see what others think of the lists and books. It is very annoying.


message 10: by Sara (new)

Sara Hufnagle Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins. She is one of my favorite authors.


message 11: by Amy (new)

Amy I have been looking forward with eager anticipation to The Turn of the Key since first learning about it a few months ago. I’ve read The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, and both were fantastic. I can’t wait to see the author’s take on a classic gothic horror novel.

And then there’s Karin Slaughter. I have read every single one of her books, many of them more than once, and always look forward to a new offering by her. We are *finally* getting a new Will Trent novel. He is one of my favorite literary characters ever! He rates right up there with D.D. Warren from Lisa Gardner’s novels and Chief Kate Burkholder Of Painter’s Mill, Ohio, From Linda Castillo’s books.


message 12: by Mary Lou (new)

Mary Lou Ribbeck Katherine Center


message 13: by Mrs. Danvers (new)

Mrs. Danvers Jessica wrote: "Just ordered Ruth Ware's new book and The Whisper Man by Alex North from BOTM - really looking forward to both of these! I have Things You Save in a Fire, but haven't read it yet."
Ha! I selected both of those as well!


message 14: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Griffin I'm looking forward the DEMON WORLD by Sally Green the DRAGON REPUBLIC.


message 15: by Trey (new)

Trey Conrad I'm looking forward to Our War by Craig DeLouie. I really, really enjoyed his last book One of Us.


message 16: by Shelley Meenehan (new)

Shelley Meenehan The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter was amazing especially in view of the past weekends events in El Paso and Ohio. Scary. As always love Will Trent and Sara Linton


message 17: by Amber (new)

Amber Wilson Meh. Nothing really special there but a couple of really good books are coming out this month and a few today actually. I've been waiting all year for the second book to Sarah Hennings Sea Witch series and It FINALLY comes out today! Another couple good ones this month if you enjoy fantasy:
Rage - Cora Carmak
All The Bad Apples - Moira fowley Doyle
The Gossamer Mage - Julie E. Czerneda
Hollow Kingdom -Kira Jane Buxton
The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday - Saad Z. Hossain
The Golden Wolf - Linnea Hartsuyker


message 18: by Chris (new)

Chris Arlen World War II no longer seems as far distant politically as it once did (guess that's age landing on me with both feet).

And my favorite writer (spouse & author Tessa Arlen) has used WWII as a great backdrop for new historical mystery series: Poppy Redfern.

Looking forward to release Nov 5th this year. Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders


message 19: by Dolores (new)

Dolores Kelley Anxiously awaiting

Louise Penny's " A Better Man "

"Tidelands" by Philippa Gregory

and "The Turn of the Key " by Ruth Ware


message 20: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Nolan The last widow by Karin Slaughter


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