New Books for Summer and Fall 2020

May’s Book Expo had lots of exciting (virtual) events, including Library Book Buzz where publishers presented their new and upcoming titles. Many of these books are set for release this summer and in the fall. Here is a full breakdown of all the new books coming out in the next few months! 

 

 

First up, independent publisher outside of Chicago, Sourcebooks shared five of their upcoming titles.

 

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

A troubled rockstar trying to make a comeback seeks out a nice, normal relationship to help clean up his image. That’s when he meets Oliver, the perfect boyfriend, and the two strike up a deal to pretend to date in the public eye. However, what starts out as fake soons turns confusing as feelings become real. Boyfriend Material  is set for release July 2020.

 

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Before She was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney

From international bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, Before She was Helen is an exciting, deceptively dark new mystery novel. This book is ideal for book clubs and mystery readers. Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author says Before She was Helen “will keep readers hooked”. This novel will be released September 2020.

 

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The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley

In The Deadly Hours,  Susanna Kearsley and a stellar line up of mystery novelists weave this exciting new story about a cursed gold watch. The novel is packed full of danger, wit, beauty, and romance. Readers who enjoy Diana Gabaldon and J.D. Robb will surely enjoy The Deadly Hours. The novel is set to release in September 2020.

 

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Demons, a detective duo, and a murder that takes place on the high seas – The Devil and the Dark Water is a new, immersive novel from Stuart Turton. Turton is the bestselling author of The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. This fiction novel will be available October 2020.

 

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The Last Stargazers by Emily Levesque

Award winning scientist and astronomer, Emily Levesque wants to share her life’s work of exploring the universe with readers. The Last Stargazers is a fascinating and joyous adventure through modern astronomy. Readers of Lab Girl and Neil DeGrasse Tyson will enjoy The Last Stargazers. The novel is set to be published in August 2020.

 

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Next up is National Geographic Books, a leading nonfiction publisher of quality books for both adults and children.

 

Attainable Sustainable by Kris Bordessa

Attainable Sustainable, a book all about the lost art of self-reliant living, comes at time when self-reliant living is more important than ever. Released in March, this book includes fifty recipes, gardening tips, crafts, natural remedies, and more! With 340 photos, Attainable Sustainable is just as visually pleasing as it is incredibly informative.

 

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The What to Eat When Cookbook  by Dr. Michael Roizen, Dr. Michael Crupain, and Jim Perko

The What to Eat When Cookbook is the follow up cookbook to the wildly popular What to Eat When. With 125 recipes to live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight over time, this cookbook follows the idea of eating breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. The What to Eat When Cookbook is set for release on October 20, 2020.

 

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The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson

Revised for the first time since 2011, The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia is a comprehensive guide to the world of wine. With more than 400 images, this guide is arranged geographically to break down the different regions and climates that produce the best vintages. Set for release on October 27, 2020, The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia is a must have for any wine enthusiast!

 

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One of the Big Five publishing companies, HarperCollins presented their upcoming titles next.

 

Monogamy by Sue Miller

From New York Times bestselling author, Sue Miller, Monogamy is an insightful novel that centers around marriage, family, love, and heartache. This novel portrays a family and the secrets they keep from each other and it reflects on the transformative power of memory. Monogamy is set for release on September 8, 2020.

 

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The Writer’s Library by Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager

From “America’s Librarian” Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager, The Writer’s Library is an insightful collection of conversations with today’s literary legends. This collection includes conversations with literary figures such as T.C. Boyle, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Michael Cabon, and more, as they discuss the books that have changed their lives. The Writer’s Library is out on September 8, 2020.

 

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The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter is back with new novel The Cold Millions. This richly entertaining novel is the story of two adventure-seeking brothers, their enemies, and the women who reveal an unjust world to them. The Cold Millions is out on October 6, 2020. 

 

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The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train, returns with an ambitious historical novel about a trio of women – two English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl – in nineteenth-century Australia. Kline does an outstanding job of weaving her story with Australia’s complex history. The Exiles is set for release on September 15, 2020.

 

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Next, Quirk Books, an independent publisher from Philadelphia, presented their upcoming titles.

 

Cursed Objects by J.W. Ocker

Cursed Objects is exactly how it sounds, a collection of stories of some of the world’s most infamous items. With stories featuring cursed objects like Annabelle, The Conjured Chest, and The Unlucky Mummy, Cursed Objects is perfect for history buffs and horror fans alike. This book is set to be released on September 15, 2020.

 

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Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer

Described as The Office meets The Shining, Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer is the story of a secret santa gone wrong. Set in a publishing house in the 80s, supernatural forces mix into this horror-comedy tale. Secret Santa is on sale November 10, 2020.

 

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An independent publisher of trade books and calendars located in New York City, Workman Publishing was up next with some upcoming releases.

 

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

From Peace Adzo Medie, His Only Wife is an entertaining, contemporary debut novel about a woman who must choose between marriage or her own happiness. Wayetu Moore, author of She Would Be King, writes of the novel, “A hilarious, page-turning, sharply realized portrait of modern womanhood in the most infuriating of circumstances.” Fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Candice Carty-Williams will be sure to enjoy His Only Wife. The novel is set for release on September 1, 2020.

 

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Iwigara by Enrique Salmón

Iwígara means the kinship of plants and people, which Salmón discusses by exploring eighty different plants that were of importance to Native Americans. Enrique Salmón is head of the American Indian Studies Program at Cal State University-East Bay. Iwígara is set for release on September 15, 2020.

 

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How to Astronaut by Terry Virts

From former NASA astronaut, Terry Virts, How to Astronaut is an insider’s guide to what it’s like to be an astronaut. With humorous chapters about showering in zero gravity, space station cuisine, and more, NASA fans will be sure to love this behind-the-scenes look at being an astronaut. How to Astronaut is out September 15, 2020.

 

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Next, Tor Books, the primary imprint of Thomas Doherty Associates presented their upcoming books.

 

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a science fiction novel that combines space missions, galactic battles, and human strength. This book will take readers to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, as they watch the transformation of both the main character and human history. This book is out September 15, 2020.

 

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Described as “a life no one will remember, a story you will never forget,” The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue follows a young woman who is immortal, but cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. However, some 300 years later, everything changes when she meets a man in a hidden bookstore who remembers her name. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is out October 6, 2020.

 

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Attack Surface: A Little Brother Novel by Cory Doctorow

A standalone novel, set in the world of Little Brother and Homeland, Attack Surface is a futuristic novel, in which the main character struggles between right and wrong. A daytime job of helping repressive regimes spy on citizens and a nighttime hobby of helping those same citizens evade detection, protagonist, Masha, tries to figure out if she can do both in this tale of activism and courage. This novel is set for release on October 13, 2020.

 

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Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

From epic fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson, Rhythm of War is the sequel to #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Oathbringer. It is the fourth book in The Stormlight Archive series. This eagerly-awaited novel is out November 17, 2020.

 

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Another one of the “Big Five” publishing companies, Macmillan Publishers presented their titles for fall 2020.

 

Jack by Marilynne Robinson

From Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the National Humanities Medal, Jack is Marilynne Robinson’s latest novel. Set in the author’s fictional city of Gilead, Jack follows Robinson’s previous novels of the same fictional world. Jack tells the story of the prodigal son of Gilead’s Presbyterian minister and his romance with the son of a preacher. Jack will be released on September 29, 2020.

 

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Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten

Before Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna. In this exciting new debut, Ellen Alpsten delivers a first-person narrative of Catherine Alexeyevna’s rise to power. Fans of Hilary Mantel and Therese Anne Fowler will enjoy this novel. Tsarina is out October 13, 2020.

 

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Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Fans of Alice Feeney and Sarah Pinborough will enjoy this new novel from Romy Hausmann. Dear Child is an exciting thriller following a woman held captive who finally escapes. However, readers are left wondering if she can really get away for good? Dear Child is set to be released on October 6, 2020.

 

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Sterling Publishing, a New York City based publisher of a broad range of subjects, discussed their new, upcoming books.

 

Hello Watercolor! by Jeannie Dickson

From Instagram star Jeannie Dickson, Hello Watercolor! is a fun and inviting introduction to watercolor painting. Aspiring artists will be sure to enjoy this book which offers a fresh approach to painting with watercolor with techniques that can be easily applied. This book also includes projects, templates, and challenges to improve your watercolor painting skills. Hello Watercolor! is out June 16, 2020.

 

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How to Catch a Killer by Katherine Ramsland

Fans of true crime will be sure to love How to Catch a Killer and other new releases in the Profiles in Crime series. This book, as the title suggests, is about how to catch a serial killer. How to Catch a Killer tells the history of forensics through the “capture stories” of some of the most notorious killers, such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Rodney Alcala, and more. This book will be released July 7, 2020.

 

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Serial Killers of the ‘70s by Jane Fritsch

The next release in the Profiles in Crime series is Serial Killers of the ‘70s by Jane Fritsch. This book discusses some of the most notorious serial killers of the 1970s. Profiles in this book include David Berkowtiz, John Wayne Gacy, Vaughn Greenwood among others. Serial Killers of the ‘70s is out August 4, 2020.

 

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Killer Cults by Stephen Singular

Killer Cults, the third book in the Profiles in Crime series, discusses cult leaders and how they are able to control others. This book looks at some of the most notorious cult leaders, such as Charles Manson, but also discusses those that are less well known, such as Shoko Asahara. Killer Cults is out September 8, 2020.

 

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Extreme Killers by Michael Newton

The fourth book in the Profiles in Crime series, Extreme Killers chronicles 15 of the most infamous “extreme killers” with the largest number of victims. The subjects range from 15th century French child killer Gilles de Rais up to “The Werewolf”, who killed more than 70 women from 1992 to 2010. Extreme Killers is set for release October 6, 2020.

 

Eat Well, Be Well by Jana Cristofano

Founder of nutritioncity.com, Jana Cristofano shares how she eliminated gluten, animal products, refined sugar, and unhealthy fats from her diet to help heal her body from chronic ailments. In this cookbook, Jana shares healthy alternatives to our favorite foods that are 100% plant-based, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. Eat Well, Be Well comes out on October 6, 2020.

 

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Another one of the Big Five publishers, Simon and Schuster shared their new, upcoming titles.

 

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, Frederick Backman is back with his new novel Anxious People. This story follows eight strangers at an open house taken hostage by a failed bank robber. As the hostage situation grows more intense, the strangers open up to each other and reveal long-hidden truths. Anxious People is set for release on September 8, 2020.

 

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The End of the Day by Bill Clegg

Following his New York Times bestselling novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill Clegg returns with The End of the Day. This novel explores “the complicated bonds and breaking point of friendship, the corrosive forces of secrets, the heartbeat of longing, and the redemption found in forgiveness.” This impressive novel captures sixty years of framework into one day in this beautifully written novel. The End of the Day is set to be released September 20, 2020.

 

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Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Discover how magic began in Magic Lessons, the prequel to Practical Magic. In this novel, Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, matriarch of a line of the Owens women and men, who is accused of witchcraft in Salem. Magic Lessons is out on October 6, 2020.

 

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W.W. Norton and Company, an independent American publishing company based in New York City presented their new books.

 

Ruthie Fear by Maxim Loskutoff

In this haunting novel, Ruthie Fear, a young woman faces the violent past of her remote Montana valley home. This novel urgently captures the destruction and rebirth of the American west. Ruthie Fear is set for release on September 1, 2020.

 

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The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser

This tenth anniversary edition of The Essential New York Times Cookbook has fifty new recipes in addition to many classic dishes. Recipes include everything from a 1940s Caesar Salad to No-Knead Bread. This tenth anniversary edition of The Essential New York Times Cookbook comes out on September 29, 2020.

 

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Another one of the Big Five publishers, Penguin Random House, was up next with their upcoming titles.

 

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession

Every introvert will surely relate to this new, debut novel. Leonard and Hungry Paul is the story of two quiet friends trying to find their place in this world. It tells a tale of the people often uncelebrated and their ability to make change in the world. This novel is set for release on August 4, 2020.

 

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Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

From Pulitzer Prize winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson’s new novel, Caste, examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America. The novel explores different caste systems and how our lives have been defined by them. Caste is out on August 11, 2020.

 

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The Quiet Americans by Scott Anderson

The Quiet Americans is a gripping history of the early years of the Cold War and the CIA’s covert battles against communism. New York Times bestselling author, Scott Anderson chronicles four spies who executed these covert missions. The Quiet Americans is set for release September 1, 2020.

 

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

If you’ve ever wondered if your life would have turned out differently had you made a different choice, The Midnight Library is the book for you. From international bestselling author Matt Haig, The Midnight Library tells the story of an infinite library, which is situated between life and death and helps the main character realize what really makes life worth living. The Midnight Library is set to be released on October 20, 2020.

 

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Following Penguin Random House, New York City based publisher specializing in literary fiction and international crime series, Soho Press, discussed their upcoming books.

 

This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series, Jacqueline Winspear brings us a personal memoir about her Kentish childhood and her family’s resilience in the face of war and privation. This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing is out on November 10, 2020.

 

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The Land by Thomas Maltman

Thomas Maltman, author of Little Wolves, brings us his new novel, The Land. The Land is a story of violence at the heart of a pastoral landscape and explores the dark side of belief and the American obsession with end times and racial identity. The Land will be released on October 13, 2020.

 

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Finding My Voice by Marie Myung-Ok Lee

From celebrated author, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Finding My Voice is a coming-of-age romance novel. The story follows a high school senior and her final few months in her small, racist hometown. Finding My Voice is set for release December 1, 2020.

 

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Following Soho Press, Milkweed Editions, a nonprofit literary publisher, presented their new titles.

 

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer reflects on her life as an indeginious scientist and as a woman. She shows us how other living beings, such as squash and sweetgrass, offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. Braiding Sweetgrass is out now with a special hardcover edition being released in October 2020.

 

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World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

From award-winning poet, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders is a collection of essays about the natural world and the ways its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire. Worlds of Wonder also features illustrations by Fumi Nakamura. This collection of essays is set to be released August 11, 2020.

 

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Next, Harlequin Enterprises, a Toronto-based company that publishes romance and women’s fiction novels, discussed their new titles.

 

The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby

The Book of Hidden Wonders, a highly imaginative and charming novel, tells the story of a young girl immortalized in her father’s illustrated books. As her father begins to ail, the young girl returns to his illustrations and discovers hidden family’s secrets. The Book of Hidden Wonders will be released in September 2020.

 

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Daughters of the Wild by Natalka Burian

New, engrossing novel, Daughters of the Wild explores the female mind in captivity and captures the way in which women and nature fight for domination. This story follows Joannie and her foster siblings who live on a farm in rural West Virginia and are tasked with tending to a mysterious plant called the vine. Joannie and her siblings soon come to realize just how powerful the vine really is. Daughters of the Wind is set for release September 22, 2020.

 

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Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson

Fans of Fredrik Backman and Gail Honeyman will enjoy this delightfully entertaining new novel. Set My Heart to Five explores what makes us human, as a humanlike bot named Jared has an emotional awakening that leads him on a quest for connection and belonging. Set My Heart to Five will be released in September 2020.

 

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

This upcoming novel asks the question, ‘What would you change if you could go back in time?’ Before the Coffee Gets Cold is the story of a back alley cafe in Tokyo that serves coffee that has been carefully brewed for over one hundred years and offers its visitors the chance to time travel. This story follows four visitors who hope to make use of this time-traveling offer, though it does not come without risks. Before the Coffee Gets Cold is out November 2020.

 

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The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

In this imaginative debut, a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men that have wronged them. The Lost Apothecary is a dark and clever story that explores the idea of women rebelling against a man’s world. This edgy new novel will be released in March 2021.

 

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Lastly, Hachette Book Group, presented their upcoming, new books.

 

The Indomitable Florence Finch by Robert J. Mrazek

An American hero, long forgotten, finally has her story told in this new book by Robert J. Mrazek. The Indomitable Florence Finch tells the story of Florence Finch, a war widow turned resistance fighter and savior of the American POWs. This book is out July 21, 2020.

 

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Children of Ash and Elm by Neil Price

Children of Ash and Elm is a brilliant history of the Vikings told on their own terms. This novel discusses some of the exported, new ideas, technologies, beliefs, and practices of the Vikings. Children of Ash and Elm is set for release on August 25, 2020.

 

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Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar returns with his new novel Homeland Elegies. This novel tells the story of an immigrant father and his son who search for belonging in post-Trump America and with each other. Homeland Elegies is on sale September 8, 2020.

 

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Stakes is High by Mychal Denzel Smith

Stakes is High by New York Times bestselling author, Mychal Denzel Smith, is the book we need, now more than ever, to guide us through crisis and an uncertain future. In this novel, Smith exposes the stark contradictions at the heart of American life and confronts shortcomings of the American dream. Stakes is High will be available September 15, 2020.

 

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Following her debut novel, Alix E. Harrow returns with The Once and Future Witches. This is the story of three sisters who join the suffragette movement and use witchcraft to change the course of the movement and history. The Once and Future Witches is out on October 13, 2020.

 

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We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

We Keep the Dead Close is a haunting true crime novel centered around an unsolved 1969 murder at a prestigious institution and a girl who dreamt of rising among men. Readers of In Cold Blood and I’ll be Gone in the Dark will enjoy this novel. We Keep the Dead Close is set for release on November 10, 2020.

 

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Which upcoming book are you most excited to read?

 

 

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