December's Most Anticipated New Books

Posted by Cybil on December 2, 2019

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Winter is upon us and the chill of the season is creeping through in this month's collection of new books. Bundle up, gentle readers...

New in December, Damien Angelica Walters returns with the horror thriller The Dead Girls Club. Tarryn Fisher explores polygamous violence in The Wives. Sara Shepard imagines a digital-age dilemma in the murder mystery Reputation. And weird fiction pioneer Jeff VanderMeer brings us the sci-fi cautionary tale Dead Astronauts. It's not all so chilly: How about a rum-running free-spirited flapper in Florida, circa 1924? At least it's warm.

Each month the Goodreads Editorial team takes a look at the books that are 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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Sequel to the YA bestseller Children of Blood and Bone, the latest from Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi follows the further adventures of Zélie and Amari as they quest to bring magic back to the land of Orïsha. Adeyemi's debut was critically acclaimed for its deft admixture of Western-style fantasy and West African mythology. A film adaptation of the series is already in development, so now's your chance to get hip to Adeyemi before the crowd shows up.

Release date: December 3

Read our interview with Adeyemi here.

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Morgan Grant is a good mom and she wants to make sure her 16-year-old daughter Clara doesn't make the same mistakes that she did. But Clara—like all teenagers since the beginning of time—wants the freedom to make her own mistakes. When a tragic accident befalls the family, the finely calibrated balance between mother and daughter is thrown off axis. Hoover likes to dodge traditional classification, but you can probably shelve her new book somewhere in the vicinity of contemporary romance and new adult fiction.

Release date: December 10

Read our interview with Hoover here.

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An intriguing mystery thriller with a bold premise, The Wives imagines an unconventional marriage—actually, several marriages. Our narrator is married to Seattle businessman Seth, an open polygamist with two other wives. The women know of each other, but have never met; Seth goes home to a different wife each night of the week. But when a forgotten note suggests another level of secrets, the narrative takes a series of hard left turns. There couldn't be a fourth wife. Right?

Release date: December 30

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Thirty tears ago, Heather Cole and her friends formed The Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with serial killers and imaginary entities—like the sinister Red Lady—the girls embraced all things ghoulish and macabre. Then came That One Fateful Night. Not everyone survived. Thirty years later, a mysterious necklace arrives in the mail. Is the Red Lady back? Did she ever leave? And what is Heather hiding, anyway? Fans of dark fantasy and weird fiction will want to find out.

Release date: December 10

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Speaking of weird fiction, VanderMeer is one of the most flat-out fascinating writers working the genre's most mind-blowing outer quadrants—his eco-fable Annihilation is a must-read book and a pretty good movie, too. The author's new novel looks poised to detonate some additional skulls. Dead Astronauts features a centuries-old leviathan, a madman wandering the desert, an ambitious blue fox, and a gang of ragtag rebels fighting among the ruins of end-stage capitalism. Can't hardly wait.

Release date: December 3

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Historical and contemporary fiction collide in this ambitious novel from Williams (The Wicked City). The story tracks two women in two different eras: In 1998 New York City, Ella Gilbert has ditched her cheating banker husband to find new life and new love in Greenwich Village. In 1924 Cocoa Beach, Florida, flapper and rum-runner Geneva “Gin” Kelly has fallen in love with a Prohibition Agent. Awkward. Linking the two women is an artifact that's survived through the years—a vintage photograph titled Redhead Beside Herself.

Release date: December 10

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A mystery thriller with a particularly unnerving modern premise, Reputation imagines the kind of digital age dilemma we all worry about. A small college town is rocked when a hacker releases 40,000 private emails into a searchable online database. Secrets are revealed, affairs are disclosed, drama ensues. Then there's a murder. Investigative reporter Willa Manning returns to the hometown she left 15 years ago to find out the truth. It all adds up to a scary new story from the author of Pretty Little Liars.

Release date: December 3

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

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message 1: by Jim (new)

Jim i am excited about the Vandermeer, but this the only December publication I have on my "waiting for" list :/

Shakila (BooksandThemes) Definitely the first 3. Children of Virtue and Vengeance, Regretting You, and The Wives!

message 3: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Johnson Dead Astronauts 🤗🤗🤗🤗

message 4: by TMR (new)

TMR Regretting you, the dead girls club for sure!

message 5: by scout (new)

scout The Wives sounds so good! 😁

message 6: by Suzy (new)

Suzy I have 4 on the list I want to read, but The Dead Girls Club is the one that has my mouth watering

message 7: by Emmy (new)

Emmy Skellenger Regretting you, the dead girls club! Can anyone explain what the dead astronauts is supposed to be about? I don't understand 👾

message 8: by Rich (new)

Rich none interest me lol

message 9: by Radhive (new)

Radhive I just re-subscribed to book of the month just for The Wives

message 10: by Ofer (new)

Ofer How about Amazon Jeff's Big Discovery children's book? Just released on December

message 11: by Marek Sammul (new)

Marek Sammul Kind of a morbid list...

message 12: by Stepho (new)

Stepho I'm excited about Tiny Habits. This world-renowned habit expert has been doing the leading research about habit formation for decades. And... what's even cooler, he practices what he preaches. Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

message 13: by Dani (new)

Dani Frlan Dead Astronauts

message 14: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Manchester Sad that there's no mention of James Islington's third book in his amazing debut trilogy "The Light of All That Falls". Goodreads skips the weirdest things.

message 15: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Have reserved the Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams. Always love a sequel.

message 16: by Zakkiyya (new)

Zakkiyya Tucker The Wives by Tarryn Fisher!

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