2018 – what to expect

2017 has been an exciting time for book worms and come 2018 it looks like the outpouring of  brilliant books doesn’t appear to be abating. I’ve scoured Twitter and asked publishers, authors and bloggers to let me know which titles to keep an eye out for next year.

First up some December 2017 to get you started – just so you don’t miss them during the holiday season.

The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana. When Anna’s older sister disappeared Anna’s form of coping is to disappear too. Now having to return home after her mother’s death, 30 years later Anna is forced to examine what really happened to her sister. (Mantle, 28 Decemeber 2017)

The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd. Dennis Danson was found guilty of the murder of a young woman in Florida. Now, 20 years later he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary and a campaign to free him. In England Samantha begins to write to Dennis. The two marry and she moves to the US to secure his release. However when Dennis is released Samantha starts to discover more about her new husband than she realised. (Century, 28 December 2017)

Then onto next year and books are listed by publisher in alpahabetical order, purely because that was the first way I thought of listing them…


Force of Nature by Jane Harper. Aaron Falk returns after his debut in The Dry, 2017’s bestselling debut by Jane Harper. This time he is investigating the disappearance of Alice, who disappears on a corporate retreat hike. Falk has a keen interest in finding Alice, she’s the whistleblower in his latest case. Does someone want to stop Alice spilling the secrets she holds about her firm? (Feb)

Allen and Unwin

The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anne-Marie Crowhurst. Ursula Flight is born on the night a comet is seen in the skies, just before Charles II’s Restoration. Educated by her father, she discovers a love of reading, writing and astrology. And when she meets an actress a desire to become a playright is formed, despite all of those determined to stop her. (May)


Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. Mike and Verity are meant to be together. So what if she is marrying another man. Mike knows that he and Verity play a game called ‘the crave’ with the aim of showing that Verity only ever needs Mike. The wedding is the biggest game they’ve played so far. And in order to win, someone has to die. (May)

Read more on the Penguin website.


Perfect Death by Helen Fields. There’s a new serial killer in Edinburgh, though DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are yet to find out. When they do they realise this killer watches from afar, killing his victims from a distance with poison. How can they catch a killer who stays so hidden? (January)


Never Greener by Ruth Jones. The debut novel from actor and screenwriter Ruth Jones is a tale about how the grass may not always be greener and that the best we have may be what we have now. (April)

Read more on the Penguin website.

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland. The debut from a former CIA operative, Need to Know tells the tale of Vivian Miller, assigned to idenitify Russian sleeper cell agents. Finding a file of deep cover agents she is shocked to see a face she recognises. Vivian has to decide where her loyalties lie and who she can trust. (January)

Read more on the Penguin website.

Blink Publishing

Running for my Life by Rachel Cullen. Rachel Cullen spent many years suffering from a bipolar disorder and depression. Alcohol, the wrong job and the wrong relationships followed this path. One day she made herself put on a pair of trainers and go out for a run. She knew she would hurt when she returned but didn’t know running would heal her too. (January)


This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan. It begins with the inhabitants of a building forced out of their homes by developers. Amongst them is blogger Ella and campaigner Molly. It begins with a body in a lift shaft. But the question is, how will it end? (January)

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Evelyn Hardcastle is killed. Shot, but by who? Aiden, a guest at the party, held at Evelyn’s home, Blackheath, must find out who the killer is. For Evelyn will not die once. Until Aiden has identified the killer he will live the day of the murder over and over. And each day Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And one of them is keen to ensure he never leaves Blackheath. (February)

Borough Press

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon. Florence is 84 and has fallen in her flat. As she waits to be rescued she looks back and her past and a secret she has kept hidden for years. And wonders why the new resident looks remarkably like a man who died sixty years ago. (January)

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas. Abortion is illegal in the USA, IVF is banned and the Personhood amendment gives life, liberty and property rights to embryos. Five different women face these barriers in a small town. Ro is a single, writing the biography of little known female explorer Eivør, trying to have a baby, Susan has two children and her marriage is falling apart, Mattie, herself adopted, finds herself pregnant and Gin, who’s arrest and trial brings them together. (March)

How To Fall In Love With A Man Who Lives in a Bush by Emmy Abrahamson, translated by Nicola Smalley. Julia is looking for Mr Right, but Ben is more Mr Right-Now-He-Could-Do-With-a-Bath.. Julis meets Ben when he sits next to her one day in a park in Vienna. It just so happens that Ben needs a shave, a bath some shoes and a permanent address. They fall in love, but can Julia see past their differences and let her heart rule her head? (January)

Entanglement by Katy Mahood. It’s 2007 and Charlie, Stella and John walk passed each other in Paddington Station. When Charlie’s eyes meet Stella’s there’s a moment of recognition between them, but they are strangers. Or are they. Going back thirty years the reader sees how the lives of Stella and John and Charlie and his girlfriend Beth are brought together. (March)

Canbury Press

Because We Are Bad – OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought by Lily Bailey. Lily Bailey knew she was bad. Only through secret routines could she fix all of the things she did wrong. But those routines were never enough. Lily had OCD but with a bizarre twist. This is her story. (March)


Look for Me by Lisa Gardner. Five members of family have been killed, the fifth, a sixteen-year-old girl is missing. Is she a victim or a murderer?  Detective D. D. Warren and civilian Flora Dane are looking into the case though both are seeking a different kind of justice to the other. (February)

Read more on the Penguin website.

Chatto & Windus

The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson. Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. The Language of Kindness takes a look at those twenty years as Christie recalls the highs and lows of her time in the health care profession. (May)

Read more on the Penguin website.


Future Home of the Living God by Louise Edrich. The world is now a place where evolution  is reversed. Babies now born appear to be primative species of humans. Cedar is four months pregnant and decides she has to find her birth mother. As she does there are rumours that the Government is going to inter pregnant women, and give rewards to those who turn them in. Cedar must do all she can to keep herself and her baby safe. (January)


The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley.  Clare Pooley found the juggling of a stressful career as a managing partner in one of the world’s biggest advertising agencies and looking after her family. When she leaves work to look after her family she doesn’t expect to find herself depressed and drinking more than a bottle of wine a day. The Sober Diaries looks at a year in her life, starting with her quiting alcohol and follows her through dealing with breast cancer, in a postive, upbeat manner. (January)


Shadow Man by Alan Drew. It’s 1986 and in Southern California Detective Ben Wade has returned to his home town to try to save his marriage. The quiet town is shocked when a serial killer takes up a murder spree. Ben and forensic specialist Natasha Betencourt must track the killer down  but both have decide how much they want to risk to catch the killer and to protect the town from a long-kept secret. (January)

Dome Press

The Last Day by Claire Dyer. Boyd moves back into the family home with his estranged wife and his new girlfriend. It seems the perfect solution. He can get his finances back on track, Honey can escape her past and Vita can paint portraits of pets she dislikes anbd pretend she doesn’t mind the fact her marriage is over. (February)


How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton. Eva wakes one morning to find her live with Adam over. As Eva comes to terms with this the reader sees the story of Eva and Adam told in reverse and as we discover more about Eva and Adam, Eva discovers more about her own story too. (March)

Read more on the Penguin website.

Turning for Home by Barney Norris. Each year, Robert’s family gather to celebrate his birthday, as they have done for decades. However this year Robert doesn’t want to be reminded of the last year and neither does his granddaughter Kate. Neither are sure they can face the party but this time it may be the most important gathering yet. (January)

Read more on the Penguin website.

Meet Me at the Museum by Ann Marie Youngson. Professor Kristian Larsen answers a letter about ancient exhibits little expecting a response. The author of the letter, Tina Hopgood little expected one either. The pair begin to share stories and interests and as they do so begin to give each other the hope for new beginnings in their lives. (May)

Read more on the Penguin website.

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet. Caroline and Francis are offered the chance to houseswap. Keen to get away from home in an attempt to rebuild their marriage they agree. However, the house is sinister and remarkably empty. Slowly Caroline begins to find signs of habitation. But the closer she looks the more she realises these are things from her life. The person they swapped houses with would appear to be someone from Caroline’s past. Someone she’s keen to forget but who is determined to ensure she won’t. (May)

Read more on the Penguin website.


The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale.  1917 and as war rages in London there’s a place of hope and enchantment called The Emporium. It sells toys to delight, with toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, dogs that seem almost alive and soldiers that can fight unaided. Enter Cathy, who is running away from her past but welcomed by the Emporium. Whilst Cathy may be hiding from her secrets she’ll discover the Emporium has secrets of its own. (February)

Read more on the Penguin website.


Owl Sense by Miriam Darlington. Owls have capitvated the imagination for years. Miriam Darlington sets out to identify every species and to find out more about the bird. (February)

City Without Stars by Tim Baker. In Mexico a war between rival cartels wages. Hundreds of female sweatshop workers are being murdered. As his investugation is shut down, Detective Fuentes believes some of his colleagues are on the payroll of drug lord El Santo. Pilar, a union activist decides to take matters into her own hands. But she’ll have to accept Fuentes’ help. And it soon becomes apparent the cover-up goes deeper than they first though. (January)

Lullaby by Leila Slimani. Myriam returns to work after having children and both she and her husband Paul feel lucky to have found nanny Louise. She sings to the children, cleans the apartment and stays late without complaint. But soon jealousy, resentment and suspicion take over. (January)

Consent by Leo Benedictus. You, the reader are part of the experiment. The author has written the book for you. You just have to consent… (Feb)

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh. The Blinds is a town in Texas, home to criminals who have agreed to a new experiemental program, with the caveat that they can never leave town. Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept peace for eight years, until a suicide and murder bring outsiders into town. (Feb)

The Wife by Alafair Burke. When Angela meets Jason she doesn’t expect more than a fling. Six years later they are married and Jason is a successful liberal figurehead. Then a college intern and another woman come forward with allegations against Jason and Angela is forced to ask herself how well she knows her husband. (Feb)

Love after Love by Alex Hourston. Nancy is many things to many people; mother, daughter, sister, therapist and wife. And now she is also a lover. She thinks she can keep this seperate to her other roles. But soon everything starts to overlap. (March)

Sunburn by Laura Lippman. Gregg met Polly when she had walked out on her old life. Three years later she does the same to him and his young son. Now she’s in a new town, starting a new life. But who is Polly , how often has she disappeared and who are the people who want to track her down? (March)

Cold Desert Sky by Rod Reynolds. Charlie Yates returns after his appearances in The Dark Inside and Black Night Falling. This time he and wife Lizzie are in LA, trying to stay anonymous. Charlie, back in his  job at the Pacific Journal becomes obsessed with the story of two Hollywood wannabe starlets and back into the path of Bugsy Siegal, the man he once crossed. (May)


Painter to the King by Amy Sackville. This novel is a look at Diego Velázquez, painter to King Philip IV of Spain. It explores the relationship between the two men and a potrait of a court being the victim of its own excess (April)

Harper Collins/ Harper

The Colour of Bee Markham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris. Jasper is thirteen years old and has synaesthesia. His world is a myriad of colours specific to every sound and word he hears. He also has face-blindness, which prevents him from recognising anyone’s face: not his own, not his father’s nor those of the boys at school, some friends, some foes. One day Jasper sees a new colour. Something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham. He can’t remember what happened in her kitchen, how the knife and the screams were involved, or his part in Bee’s murder. As he tries to make sense of what has happened, one person is determined to ensure he does not. (May)

The Woman in the Window by A J Finn. Anna last left her home ten months ago. Her only access to the outside world is her window where she can watch her neighbours. When the Russells move in Anna is drawn to them. One evening Anna hears a scream and sees something she wasn’t supposed to see. She has to find out the truth. But will anyone believe her? (January)

Harvill Secker

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar. It’s September 1785 and someone knocks on the door of merchant Jonah Hancock. There one of his captains tells him he has sold his boat for a mermaid. Soon everyone wants to see the marvel that Jonah has in his home. At one social gathering he meets Angelica Neal. This meeting sets their lives on a dangerous course.  (January)

Read more on the Penguin website.

If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch. Alex is in a coma, unlikely to wake up, or so his family believe. But Alex can hear what others are saying and soon begins to believe that the accident that put him hospital wasn’t an accident after all and that the person who put him there will hurt someone else. Now Alex has to work out who tried to kill him, before his family finally say goodbye. (January)

Read more on the Penguin website.

The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan. Mara’s parents chose their island home as an escape from their previous lives. Mara hears stories of the island, each which end with her turned to stone and gazing out to sea, like every islander before her. Soon Mara and her parents learn that the island will take what it wants. However it is Pearl, a new arrival who shows Mara that there might be a different ending. (April)

Read more on the Penguin website.


This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell. Essie writes a letter that goes viral, changing her life in the process. If it hadn’t gone viral she wouldn’t have met Zilah, Conor or Lucas. She would be about to marry Paul. And she wouldn’t have found out how much life there was to be lived. (January)

The Feed by Nick Clark Windo. Six years ago the world collapsed. Six years ago Tom and Kate’s daughter was born. Now they have to tell her about sleep, that if you sleep unwatched you could be taken. And if you are taken nothing can save you. (January)

The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements. Scarcorss Hall is the house on the old coffin path. There is rumour of evil surrounding it. Mercy Booth isn’t afraid but when a series of events occur her courage is shaken. Coins go missing, a shadowy figure appears and she feels that she is being watched. The a mysterous man appears seeking work. And though she doesn’t know it, this man will change everything. (Feb)

Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary. Both Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull are writing to inmate Michael Vokey, spilling their secrets in a bid for attention. Then Vokey escapes and DI Marnie Rome has to put aside her own obession with foster brother Stephen, the boy who killed her parents. She must find Vokey before Ruth or Lara do, and before they pay with their lives. (March)

Hodder & Stoughton

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin. 1831 and in London the vulnerable poor are going missing Out of the slums emerges Hester White, determined to improve her life. Her chance comes when she comes to the attention of the weathly Brock family. But talk of her past come to spoil her new life and together with Rebekah Brock she is lured into an investigation into the disappearances, and into danger. (Feb)


MacBeth by Jo Nesbo. As part of a project to re-imagine Shakespeare’s works Jo Nesbo transposes the Scottish Play into the modern day. Inspector MacBeth has to deal with a drugs bust that went wrong. He just happens to also be an ex-drug addict. He has power, money and respect within his grasp. But paranoia has set in and MacBeth is sure that what is rightfully his will be kept from him. (April)

Read more on the Penguin website.


The Things We Need to Say by Rachel Burton. HQ are keeping their cards close to their chest about this but what they do say is that it is ‘an emotional story of grief, relationships and ultimately hope.’ (May)

Bring Me Back by BA Paris. 12 years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared. Finn told the truth to the police, just not all of the truth. Now Finn has moved on, but his past is catching up with him. (March)

The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings. 1986. Cornwall. 15 year old Tamsyn watches Cliff House and the perfect family that lives there. Tamsyn wishes her life was as perfect as the Davenports. She wishes her father hadn’t died and left her mother as cleaner at Cliff House. Tamsyn wishes that Edie Davenport wanted to be her friend and that Edie didn’t just want to be friends with Tamsyn’s brother Jago. (May)

Turn a Blind Eye by Vicky Newham. DI Maya Rahman is on the hunt for a twisted killer, leaving a mysterious riddle at the murder of a headmistress at her East London school. Then a second body is found and Maya is on a race to unmask the killer before they strike again. (April)


An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope. Rose has just become engaged to Tyler but their respective grown up children have something to say about the upcoming nuptuals. Will Rose and Tyler be able to make everyone, including themselves, happy?  (February)

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin . Zach is at school when a gunman opens fire, killing nineteen people. In the aftermath of the attack Zach’s family deal with the fallout out differently, his father leaves, his mother searches for justice and Zach retreats into books. But it is Zach that shows his parents how to move forward. (March)

Michael Joseph

The Gathering Dark by James Oswald. When a lorry driver loses control of his vehicle, crashing into a crowd and shedding the toxic cargo he was driving DI Tony McLean witnesses the event. Taking control of the investigation he realises there was more to the accident than first appears. Matters are complicated when the new Chief Superintendent’s son disappears, and who happens to have last been scene at the accident site. (January)

Read more on the Penguin website.

On the Bright Side by Hendrik Groen and Hester Velmans. Hendrik Groen is 85 years old and still surrounded by old people. In the sequel to The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, aged 83 1/2 Years we hear more about The Old-But-Not-Dead club antics, Hendrik dreams of anarchy. Then a rumour arises that the care home is set for demolition. Can Hendrik and the gang stop it? (January)

Read more on the Penguin website.

The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor. Twelve year old Eddie meets the Chalk Man at the fair, giving him the idea of using drawings as a secret way to leave messages for his friends. But then the chalk figures led them to a young girl’s body. Thirty years later Eddie receives a letter containing a stick figure and a piece of chalk. And the game played all those years ago begins again. (January)

Read more at on the Penguin website.


A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis. FBI Agent Elsa Myers is called to investigate the disappearnce of a girl, even though her father lies dying in hospital. As the search for Ruby continues it appears a man who has been killing for years may be involved. The case hits Elsa hard and threatens to unearth issues from her past she’d rather keep buried. (January)

Green Sun by Kent Anderson. Hanson is now in the under-funded, under-staffed Oakland police department after touring in Vietnam and working as a cop in Oregon. He lives alone in his precint and takes his duty to protect the black community, experiencing prejudice and hate on both sides. (February)

Orenda Books

Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb. Bounty hunter Lori Anderson returns in Deep Blue Trouble. Her daughter is safe but the cancer she had been suffering is threatening to come back. Lori needs her daughter’s father, JT. The only trouble is JT is in prison and likely to be on death row. In order to save him Lori agrees to work for shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. She has to bring back felon Gibson Fletcher and JT will be freed. The race is on to catch Fletcher and free JT, before it’s too late for their daughter. (January)

Hydra by Matt Weslowski. Following on from Six Stories, Scott King, investigative journalist is looking into the case of Arla Macleod. In 2014 Arla killed her parents and sister. Now in a mental-health institution Arla will only speak to Scott. As Scott interviews Arla and five witnesses he begins to doubt Arla’s responsibility. As he delves deeper he comes across deadly games, trolls and the mysterious Black-eyed Children. (January)


The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton. Florence Lovelady convicted Larry Glassbrook of a series of murders 30 years ago. Larry is now dead. He confessed to the crimes. But now events from the past are reoccuring. Did Florence get the wrong culprit?(April)

I, Witness by Niki Mackay. Kate Reynolds pleaded guilty to the murder of her friend. A murder she knows she didn’t commit. She’s due to be released from prison. She turns to PI Madison Attallee to help her uncover the truth. But someone doesn’t want that truth uncovered. (April)

Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit. Your family is being terrorised by a neighbour and there is no one who can help you. You can’t leave your family at home. There comes to be only one way to protect them. Will you go that far? (January)

Coming Home to Island House by Erica James. 1939 and after touring to promote her book Romily Temple returns to Island House and Jack Devereux. But then Jack falls ill and his family are called to the house. They have seven days to bury long held resentments and come together. (January)

The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness by Laura Kemp. Ceri Price arrives at Dwynwen, a seaside village in Wales intending to stay for only a few days. However during a case of mistaken identity she gets a job as a barmaid. Soon she’s making friends and possibly finding love. But then plans for a new housing estate could threaten the local woodland and Ceri fears the way of life in Dwynwen could vanish. Then acts of kindness begin to materialise throughout the village. Who’s behind these acts and can they help save the village from developers? (January)

The Lost by Mari Hannah. When Alex arrives home from a holiday she discovers her 10 year old son Daniel is missing. CID officers David Stone and Frankie Oliver are tasked with searching for Daniel. As the investigation progresses they realises that things aren’t what they seems and that they are also on the hunt for a killer.(March)

The Lido by Libby Page. Kate has just moved to the city and a new job at her local paper. Rosemary has lived in Brixton all of her life but everything is changing. When the local lido is threatened with closure both women are drawn together to show that the lido means more to the community than just a place to swim.(April)

Pan Macmillan

The Collector by Fiona Cummins. Following on from the success of Rattle, The Collector coninues the story of Jakey, Clara as Detective Etta Fitzroy is on the trail of the Bone Collector (February)


Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce. It’s 1940 and in London Emmy Lake dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent. When she sees a job advertised for a women’s magazine she jumps at the chance of applying. But due to a misunderstanding she finds the role is in fact typing responses for the magazine’s agony aunt, Mrs Henrietta Bird. Mrs Bird refuses to answer letters about any Unpleasantness and so Emmy finds herself having to throw away letters from those dealing with grief or other issues in favour of dealing with the problem of ankles and knitting. So Emmy takes it upon herself to write back to those women who seem in dire need of advice. (April).

The Melody by Jim Crace. Alfred Busby is mourning the death of his wife. One evening he is attacked by a creature in his home. He is convinced that he was attacked by a child and his claim stirs up old rumours of an ancient race of people and the decision that the town’s paupers need to be dealt with finally. Alfred’s nephew uses the rumour to benefit his plans for himself and soon Alfred and his town will be altered forever. (February).

I Love You Too Much by Alicia Drake. Paul is used to observing, used to being overlooked. He watches the lives of his father, mother and her lover, forgotten by them. Then one day he sees something he shouldn’t have. He finds comfort in his friendship with Scarlett, all the while seeking unconditional love. (March)

The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse. A black box flight recorder from a plane that disappeared 30 years ago is found in sea. At the same time a man called Dove begins to remember things from a past that isn’t his. It would appear the memories are those of a rare flower hunter from 1980s New York. Dove becomes overcome by the memories, sure that they may help him uncover the mystery of his own past and what happened on that flight 30 years ago. (March)

The Killing of Butterfly Joe by Rhidian Brook. Llew went to the US to see the country and write about his experiences. When he’s there he meets Joe Bosco, a butterfly salesman. Together they get caught up in an adventure that goes horribly wrong. Now Llew is in jail and he has to give his side of the story if he hopes to be freed. (March)

Things We Nearly Knew by Jim Powell. In a bar at a crossroads Arlene appears, hoping to find a man called Jack. Shortly after Franky returns to town. As their paths cross and as Arlene gets closer to finding Jack the bar becomes the scene of the past coming to light. (January)


The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave. Isobel is a heaven architect, helping dying people create afterlives from their happiest memories. When she falls for Jarek, one of her married clients, she knows that she can create the most perfect heaven for him. But then Jarek’s wife is found dead and Isobel discovers a darker side to her work and that she can trust no one.  (Feb)

The Confession by Jo Spain. One night a man walks into the home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and attacks him, whilst Harry’s wife Julie looks on in horror. An hour later, JP Carney hands himself in to police, admitting the attack. He admits beating Harry to death but denies premeditation or indeed knowing who Harry was. What really prompted Harry’s murder? (January)

The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths. Dr Ruth Galloway receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli asking for assistance. Flattered, she travels to Rome with her daughter Kate and friend Shona. There she finds a Roman mystery and when the bones lead to murder she must discover the secret someone is willing to kill to keep buried. (February)


All Rivers Run Free by Natasha Carthew. Ia lives in a caravan on the Cornish coast. One day she discovers a waif washed up on the shore and takes her into her home. But whilst rescuing the girl, the girl reignites something in Ia which will rescue her. (April)

Simon and Schuster

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughn. Sophie is sure her husband James is innocent of the crime he stands accusesd off. Kate is the prosectutor who is sure he is guilty. The story follows thr unravelling of a marriage as a trial progresses. (January)

The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste. Twenty years ago, four teenagers go seeking the Bone Keeper. Only three return. Present day and a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool claiming to have escaped from the Bone Keeper. DC Louise Henderson must investigate the case, convincing colleagues that the myth may be mortal. Things take a darker turn when a body is found in the woods the woman emerged from. (March)

You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac. You have a history, a past with a man you’ve not quite managed to forget. You have a son with him. A son who is keen to see more of his father. So you visit him in France. And discover that you have both been keeping secrets. And that things will change during that summer in France. (March)


The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green. 1978 in the Northern Territory in Australia. Life is isolated for many and five women find a way to connect through a book club. And as they bond over books they form friendships that will stand the test of time. (March)

Square Peg

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan. In Bookworm Lucy Mangan takes a look back at the books of her childhood,  from Milly-Molly-Mandy to Charlotte’s web. She looks at beloved classics, the authors behind them and what these books taught children, and how they helped prepare for the big bad world of adulthood. (March)

Read more on the Penguin website.

Tinder Press

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. 1969 and in a tenament in New York a travelling psychic claims to be able to tell people the date they will die. The four Gold children sneek out to hear about their fates. As the years progress each sibling must live with what the fortune teller told them. Will they accept the path foretold or try to defy it? (July)

In our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne. Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf grow up in the shade of the Stones Estate towers in London. The killing of a British soldier on the streets lead to riots and nowhere is safe. As Selvon and Ardan remain fixed on their own personal obessions Yusuf gets caught up in a tide of radicalism, taking his troubled brother Irfan with him. (May)

The Last Wilderness: A Journey into Silence by Neil Ansell. The reader follows Neil Ansell as he goes on a series of walks in the most remote parts of Britain, writing also about the changes of the landscape and how his hearing loss altered his relationship with nature. (February)


We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt. Rob knows he is lucky to have Anna and their wonderful son Jack. But then Anna becomes convinced that there is something wrong with Jack. Rob now struggles to bridge the gap between him and his wife, son and business. He is determined to find a way to make it back to real life, and possibly forgiveness. (February)

The After Wife by Cass Hunter. Rachel and Aiden thought their love would be forever. Now Rachel is gone, leaving Aiden to raise their daughter alone. But Rachel has left Aiden with her life’s work. iRachel. (March)

Beautiful Liars by Isabel Ashdown. 18 years ago Juliet said goodbye to her friend Martha. That was the last time Juliet was seen. Martha is now a TV celebrity, her programme a crime show. And the first case will be that of Juliet. Martha will seek help from her friends to find out the truth behind Juliet’s disappearance. But what happens if those friends turn out to be strangers? (April)

Weidenfeld & Nicholson

Bitter by Francesca Jakobi. 1969 and years earlier Gilda walked out on her son. She fears he may never forgive her. When he marries Gilda takes this as rejection. What does his wife have that she doesn’t? The obsession to know will reveal shocking truths about the past. (March)


The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton. Juliette loves Nate. She’d do anything to be with him, even befome a flight assistant on his airline. The trouble is Nate broke up with her six months ago. But Juliette knows Nate and her are meant to be. And she’ll do anything to win him back. (March)

The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke. Sadie has been haunted by the Tall Man since she was a child. She is so afraid of him she has abandoned her husband and one week old daughter. She returns 16 years later for her daughter’s birthday but has she brought the Tall Man with her? Two years later and her daughter, Amber, has just been acquittted of murder. Now she’s to be the subject of a true crime documentary. But who did she kill and why? (June)

These are of course just a glimpse at what 2018 treats could be gracing bookshelves, there will be many more to still hear about. Do let me know which books you are looking forward to reading next year.



22 Comments Add yours

  1. The Quiet Knitter says:

    Pretty much printing this off & ticking it off 😂 some great books coming in 2018!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Yeah, I’m basically using it as a shopping list 🙂

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  2. Lainy SMBSLT says:

    Lots of great titles. I am looking forward to Kimberley Chambers newest offering coming out in January xxx

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net


    1. janetemson says:

      I missed that one, I’ll keep a look out for your review 🙂


  3. Karen says:

    A great post Janet. So much there to look forward to.

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    1. janetemson says:

      Indeed there are Karen. I’ll be on the look out for reviews of some of them on your blog 🙂


  4. Wow. Looks like you got them all Janet. Great post!!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Mairead but there are loads I’ve missed. It’ll be fun finding out what they are though 🙂


  5. Lots of goodies to look forward to!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Indeed there are. I’ll be interested to see if any of them appear on your blog Susan 🙂

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  6. MarinaSofia says:

    What a comprehensive list, well done, Janet!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks, it looks like 2018 won’t be a quiet year book wise!


  7. Great list Janet and very useful. I have a few of those on my TBR x

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Caryl. I’ll be on the look out for your reviews for some of them 🙂

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  8. Ceris says:

    How am I ever going to catch up on my TBR when there’s so much great new stuff coming out!? Anyhoo, great list!


    1. janetemson says:

      I’ve realised I’ll never catch up on my TBR. And we must add to it, just in case it ever does look close to running low:-)


  9. What a super list. I’m bookmarking it for future ref. So many goodies in there


    1. janetemson says:

      Ooh good to hear. I’ll be interested to hear which ones appeal to you 🙂


  10. What a brilliant post and even though I was already aware of a fair few of these you got me really excited with the news that soon there will be a new Araminta Hall book – I adored her last one Dot. Our Kind of Cruelty has added to my ‘to be released’ list along with a few others including Amanda Jennings and A Memoir of Childhood Reading both of which are must-buys!


    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Cleo. I like the sound of Our Kind of Cruelty too, as well as a few (ok, quite a few) others. We’ll be busy 🙂


  11. So many sound great. Great job compiling this! I’ll be joining in Top 10 Tuesday tomorrow with some titles I’m anxiously awaiting.


    1. janetemson says:

      The trouble is, there are too many brilliant sounding books. And these are just a few. I’ll be interested to see what you are looking forward to 🙂

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