April's Most Anticipated New Books

Posted by Cybil on April 1, 2020
April is the most hopeful of months, promising warm days and sunshine just around the corner. The weather is a little unpredictable, sure, but that’s why civilization invented books. Time spent reading is time well spent, no matter what the thermostat says. 

New titles this month cover a wide range of stories, themes and issues. Julia Alvarez brings a tale of duty, friendship and immigration policy in Afterlife. Jennifer Hillier chronicles a terrifying kidnapping in Little Secrets. And Afia Atakora chronicles the fates of three women during and after the American Civil War. Also, there are vampires in South Carolina.

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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A mystery thriller in the key of abject panic, Little Secrets chronicles the disappearance of four-year-old Sebastian Machado. One year later and Sebastian’s mother Marin is still a wreck. Her marriage is hanging by a thread when she hires a private investigator to pick up where the FBI left off. The P.I. uncovers some little secrets that suggest Marin’s husband is having an affair. Those little secrets lead to bigger secrets. But where’s Sebastian?


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Antonia Vega has enough troubles. Her husband has just passed and her sister has disappeared. Then one evening she returns home to find a pregnant and undocumented immigrant teenager on her doorstep. As a writer and retired English professor, Antonia is used to turning to literature for guidance. What do the great books tell us about our obligations in times of crisis? What do we owe our fellow humans in trouble? From the author of In the Time of the Butterflies comes a new story for our fractured times.


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Vampires. They’re the worst. In this supernatural thriller from Grady Hendrix (My Best Friend’s Exorcism), the only thing standing between suburban contentment and eldritch doom is a group of South Carolina moms and their treasured book club. Set in the 1990s, the story follows the adventures of kinda-happy homemaker Patricia Campbell, who has a Very Bad Feeling about the mysterious stranger who just came to town. Blood is in the air, and the stakes (heh) have never been higher.


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Afia Atakora’s Conjure Women brings readers to the days just before and after the Civil War. The book tells the story of three remarkable women. Midwife Miss May Belle and her daughter Rue are part of a folk healer tradition that goes back generations among the enslaved people of the South. When Rue develops an unlikely friendship with the master’s daughter, Varina, the story drills down into the complicated heart of America herself


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Robert Kolker takes us into the midcentury home of the Galvin family, idyllic from the outside and a nightmare within. In the mid-1970s, six of the Galvins' 12 children were diagnosed with schizophrenia in quick succession. What followed is a heartbreaking story of institutionalization, scientific discovery, and a reckoning with the promises of the American dream.


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Bestselling author and America’s unofficial lifestyle czar Marie Kondō is back with further advice regarding the spiritual power of tidying up. This time around, Kondō teams up with Rice University business professor Scott Sonenshein and offers up new stories and strategies to eliminate clutter and make space for the stuff that really matters. Evidently there’s now a scientific term for this line of thinking: organizational psychology. Keep that in your back pocket for impressive water cooler conversation.


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

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message 1: by Archit (new)

Archit The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires sounds bloody fantastic. Suburban moms and vampires is a mix I never knew I needed! Gonna read it asap.


message 2: by Ema (new)

Ema This is the first time i have been here, i was very happy to meet you and talk and share about literature. Loved the site

https://empreenderpraque.com/formula-...


message 3: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa April is the cruelest month.


message 4: by Mariana (new)

Mariana Ferreira Pre-ordered Afterlife, yesterday. I'm waiting since December for the release and finally April has arrived! Looking forward to read it!


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I ordered a copy of Capturing the Devil, the next book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Just have to read Escaping Houdini first.


message 6: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Vanessa wrote: "April is the cruelest month."

This one certainly is!


message 7: by Jim (new)

Jim A Luminous Republic by Andres Barba
The Unsuitable by Molly Pohlig
If It Bleeds by Stephen King
Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang


TheBohemianBookworm Vanessa wrote: "April is the cruelest month."

It is indeed. :) Especially now unfortunately. :(


message 9: by Jessalyn (new)

Jessalyn Joy They don't seem that good to me.. but to each his own.


message 10: by Dominika (new)

Dominika I'm most looking forward to Nightshade by Anthony Horowitz :)


message 11: by Nilay Shah (new)

Nilay Shah I love it


message 12: by Max (new)

Max Is the cruelest month for April a Louise Penny reference? Also, I didn’t see any that really got my attention on this list.


message 13: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Everything except Little Secrets and Joy at Work catches my attention. I'm hoping to get through my TBR during Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon.


message 14: by Bryce (last edited Apr 04, 2020 06:18AM) (new)

Bryce An Yu - Braised Pork
Paulette Jiles - Simon the Fiddler
Adam Levin - Bubblegum
Andrés Barba - A Luminous Republic
Anne Tyler - Redhead by the Side of the Road


message 15: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey All I'll say is that it's great that the world is still 'function' in some aspects: books are still being printed and published on time, for the most part.


message 16: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Anne Tyler - Redhead by the Side of the Road
John Grisham - Camino Winds
Paulette Jiles - Simon the Fiddler
Spencer-Fleming - Hid from our Eyes
Sue Monk Kidd - Book of Longings

I need to lose myself in a good story!


message 17: by Mairy (new)

Mairy The two books that speak to me off this list are Conjure Women and Hidden Valley Road.

Beside these two, I look forward to reading the following April releases:
1. If It Bleeds, Stephen King
2. The Sweeney Sisters, Liam Dolan
3. Miss Austen, Gill Hornby
4. The Stolen Letter, Paige Shelton

I read two April releases, and I recommend both:

1. You & Me & Us, Allison Hammer
2. Looking Glass, Christine Henry

I reviewed both novels in GR and posted pictures on my IG, if interested, @books_and_heels

Happy reading everyone!

M.


message 18: by Donna (new)

Donna White Archit wrote: "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires sounds bloody fantastic. Suburban moms and vampires is a mix I never knew I needed! Gonna read it asap."
Bloody fantastic, indeed! Who doesn't love the concept of strong women kicking undead monsters to the deepest pits of the nether world?


message 19: by amber (new)

amber Maximilian wrote: "Is the cruelest month for April a Louise Penny reference? Also, I didn’t see any that really got my attention on this list."

It's a line from a T S Eliot poem. I'm sure that is why Penny named her book that.


message 20: by Deb (new)

Deb Betsy wrote: "Anne Tyler - Redhead by the Side of the Road
John Grisham - Camino Winds
Paulette Jiles - Simon the Fiddler
Spencer-Fleming - Hid from our Eyes
Sue Monk Kidd - Book of Longings

I need to lose myse..."


Definitely these.


message 21: by Maria (new)

Maria Month of April has nothing to do with being cruel or not... The pandemic started way back in December! 😑


message 22: by Donna (new)

Donna Dahlstrom Humor, helps some people get by some tragic events. Not everybody is doom and gloom . We know how horrible this is.


message 23: by Lynn S Smith (new)

Lynn S Smith I just saw a movie on 2 fifty two year old savants and found it interesting. Hidden Valley Road sounds like it would be interesting in a different mental health topic.


message 24: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Maclellan I have so many unread books on my shelf. I need to read those before getting ang new ones.


message 25: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ Conjure Women for sure! Also I've watched the Tidy Up show so I might want to read Marie Kando's book.


message 26: by Nesta (new)

Nesta Finch Pip William's The Dictionary of Lost Words, and Katherine Tamiko Arguile's The Things She Left Behind.


message 27: by Derrick (new)

Derrick Harding See Healed Survived, the Perfect message,
Injustice repaid in full
and Splendors to remember
By Derrick Harding. Published by OMNIBOOK company


Jacqueline Bradshaw amber wrote: "Maximilian wrote: "Is the cruelest month for April a Louise Penny reference? Also, I didn’t see any that really got my attention on this list."

It's a line from a T S Eliot poem. I'm sure that is ..."


I concur, nothing on the list caught my eye. Presently reading Erick Larson's 'The Splendid and the Vile' about Winston Churchill.


message 29: by Amy Henderson (new)

Amy Henderson There are a lot of Southern themes.


message 30: by Kamila (new)

Kamila Maximilian wrote: "Is the cruelest month for April a Louise Penny reference? Also, I didn’t see any that really got my attention on this list."
It's the opening line from The Waste Land, by T. S. Elliot.


message 31: by Myboy (new)

Myboy Ema wrote: "This is the first time i have been here, i was very happy to meet you and talk and share about literature. Loved the site

https://empreenderpraque.com/formula-..."


I love little secrets because I Love Secrets.

Yours, Myboy


message 32: by Tassia (new)

Tassia Sena Excelentes indicações de livros... gostei!
https://conquisterendaonline.com/form...


message 33: by Leonardo (new)

Leonardo Oliveira Adorei os livros, muito interessantes, é a primeira vez que visito o site.

https://dietandoemcasa.com/remedios-p...


message 34: by TD (new)

TD Ótimos livros... Sempre bom ter novas indicações para dar seguimento às nossas leituras.

Ultimamente, tenho estudado um pouco mais sobre curso de doces saudáveis


message 35: by Luciana (new)

Luciana Jardim Ler é o mínimo que um criador de conteúdo deve fazer


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