June's Most Anticipated New Books

Posted by Cybil on June 1, 2020
Summer reading season is in full swing, which means many of the year's biggest and best releases are coming out of the gates. And although your June plans may be completely upended, you can still curl up with a good book. 
New this month: Author Silvia Moreno-Garcia presents a new variation on the classic suspense novel with Mexican Gothic. Lucy Foley writes of murder at an Irish wedding in The Guest List. And Max Brooks (World War Z) investigates a particularly North American brand of world mythology with Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch MassacreAlso: horror in Vermont, love in the East Village, and a mysterious note in the woods…
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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One fine morning, an elderly widow finds a note in the woods: "Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body." This is going to get complicated, isn't it? Author Ottessa Moshfegh has won a crypt full of awards for her previous stories. This metaphysical thriller adds notes of horror, suspense, and black comedy to generate a new kind of literary puzzler.

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Detailed and innovative historical fiction is a genuine treasure for fans of the genre—or newcomers, for that matter. Brit Bennett's new book moves through America from the 1950s to the 1990s, following two twin sisters. As one stays in her Southern black community, the other heads for the horizon, secretly passing as white. The Vanishing Half explores issues of identity and origin with immersive detail and a compassionate eye.

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Author Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Gods of Jade and Shadow) finds a sinister new wavelength for suspense with the story of High House, a mysterious mansion deep in the Mexican countryside. Glamorous debutante Noemí Taboada receives an ominous letter from her cousin: "He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me." Mexican Gothic is one of the summer's most highly anticipated books, so adjust your schedules now.

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Max Brooks—author of the fabulous World War Zbrings a unique style to horror fantasy, mixing fever-dream concepts with documentary-style storytelling. (He's been called the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism.) Brooks' new investigation revamps the Bigfoot legend via a kind of found-footage approach to narrative. Brooks' innovative techniques are always half the fun, but with Sasquatch in the mix? Can't miss, right?

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It's like the old Irish proverb says: A wedding party's not a real party till someone turns up dead. Working in the key of Agatha Christie, author Lucy Foley brings us a festive island thriller set off the shore of Ireland, complete with glamour, glitz, money, and suspiciously spotty cellphone service. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something hemorrhaging…

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Author Riley Sager’s mystery thriller has an intriguing setup: Twenty-five years ago, the Holt family moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. Three weeks later they were gone, chased out by terrifying supernatural entities. Tough times, but at least the parents made a fortune off the book rights. Now little Maggie Holt, just a child the first time around, is moving back into Baneberry Hall. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Cecily Gardner has pulled off the impossible. She's met the perfect man, at 2 a.m., in an East Village dive bar. All indications suggest that Grant is the real thing, but then he disappears in the chaos and dust of the 9/11 attacks. Cecily taps her resources as an investigative reporter to find only more questions. Author Emily Giffin (Heart of the Matter) delivers an emotionally resonant story about the never-ending search for real love. 

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This collection of essays from writer Matt Ortile chronicles his experience as a gay Filipino immigrant learning the ropes of sex, love, and power in the 21st-century American dating scene. The Groom Will Keep His Name collects various stories Ortile has penned about what it means to be "a Vassar Girl, an American Boy, and a Filipino immigrant in New York looking to build a home."

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

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message 1: by ClaraBelle (new)

ClaraBelle Mexican gothic is the only one that caught my eye and interest!

message 2: by Mairy (new)

Mairy My most anticipated books this month are: Mexican Gothic and The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones.

Out of all the June releases I read, my favorites (5-stars) are:
- The Key to Everything, by Valerie Fraser Luesse
- We Came Here to Shine, by Susie Orman Schnall
- The Guest List, by Lucy Foley

Happy reading, everyone!

IG @books_and_heels

message 3: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne I am looking forward to reading The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz. I grew up reading her columns in The Cleveland Plain Dealer and can't wait to read her first novel.

message 4: by Terrie (new)

Terrie  Robinson Two that stand out to me: "The Vanishing Half" and "Mexican Gothic" just added to my TBR List! Thank you June!!

message 5: by Tom (new)

Tom Im waiting for Karin Slaughter s new novel

message 6: by Umesh (new)

Umesh The Vanishing Half, Death in her Hands & The Groom look the most interesting to me - the latter especially. Need more gay books! *looking at my never-ending list*

message 7: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Death In Her Hands sounds Amazing!

message 8: by TMR (new)

TMR Love this collection.

message 9: by Irene (new)

Irene Growing up, I was fortunate to have a girl about my age whose mother signed her up to receive each new "Nancy Drew" mystery. She had to read each book, and she had to provide a review/synopsis of each. She knew I was a reader and offered to pay me to read each book, etc. I told her that was not necessary. I would gladly read each book, etc. Holding a "brand new book" in my hands was a luxury; one I never forgot.... Nor my summer propensity for mysteries to this day...

message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

I have "The Assistant's Secret" by Emerald O’Brien pre-ordered for delivery on June 16/20

message 11: by Karen (new)

Karen Eisenberg So many choices! I would like to read The Guest List, Mexican Gothic, The Vanishing Half and Death in Her Hands.

message 12: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer T. Currently reading devolution and it is soooo good!!!

message 13: by Sara (new)

Sara i am want to read all.i don't know why i hav'nt read to one of those auther's.am i have bad test or what!

message 14: by Billie Crosby (new)

Billie Crosby The Guest List by Lucy Foley. I love cozy mysteries and this book sounds like one.

message 15: by ClaraBelle (new)

ClaraBelle Irene wrote: "Growing up, I was fortunate to have a girl about my age whose mother signed her up to receive each new "Nancy Drew" mystery. She had to read each book, and she had to provide a review/synopsis of e..."
I love Nancy drew and so that sounds like pure fun and heaven to me!

message 16: by ClaraBelle (new)

ClaraBelle Billie Crosby wrote: "The Guest List by Lucy Foley. I love cozy mysteries and this book sounds like one."
Yes I love mysteries and loved that book!

message 17: by tonya_with_an_o (new)

tonya_with_an_o I'm definitely looking forward to Home Before Dark. Riley Sager hasn't let me down yet. Admittedly, this is only his 4th book, but I have faith.

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