Books I have on pre-order

Earlier this week I saw a blog on Misty’s Book Space about the books she had on pre-order. Unlike me, Misty is a tad more disciplined about her pre-ordering … my own Amazon pre-order list has spiralled somewhat dauntingly in recent months. I blame it on this blog thing … the more blogs I read, and the more bloggers I follow, the more books I just know I HAVE to have. So, with that in mind, grab a cuppa and let me lead you through my prodigious pre-orders …

#1 The Year of the Locust

Because … erm, well who exactly isn’t waiting for this book?! I’ve lost count of the number of times the release date for this book has been pushed back. But as a HUGE fan of Terry Hayes’ first book – I Am Pilgrim – I am prepared to wait and wait for this much anticipated sequel. And yes, I do know there is a teaser copy available on Kindle, but the thought of sinking my teeth into a reduced version of this book feels a little too unsatisfactory when the real deal can’t be that far off … surely?

release date: who knows?!

the blurb …

With The Year of the Locust, Hayes has penned a breathtaking story about cutting-edge science, a government conspiracy, and one man’s desperate attempt to unravel it all. 

Luke Truman is a junior officer on board the USS Leviathan, the most advanced and powerful warship ever built. It is an eight-hundred-foot-long submarine which, among its vast array of weaponry and secret systems, boasts a top secret “cloaking technology.” Bending light around objects to render them invisible, it is the hottest military research innovation not just in the US, but throughout the world. Now the time has come for the first large-scale trial of its effectiveness. But neither Luke nor the United States government realize the astonishing forces this experiment will unleash. What Luke discovers on board the Leviathan is that the future of our world is at a deadly tipping point and that only he will be able to stop the cascade of events which are leading them all inexorably towards doom.

A breakneck story of nonstop suspense, The Year of the Locust is a high-concept thriller unlike any you’ve read before.

#2 Troubled Blood

Having read – and really enjoyed – the first four books in this series, I’m eagerly awaiting this fifth instalment. I’ve also developed something of a literary crush on the enigmatic Cormoran Strike, whose boots were filled pretty damn perfectly by the actor Tom Burke in the (over too quickly) BBC adaptation.

release date: 15th September 2020

the blurb …

Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough – who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.

Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.

As Strike and Robin investigate Margot’s disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly . . .

A breathtaking, labyrinthine epic, Troubled Blood is the fifth Strike and Robin novel and the most gripping and satisfying yet.

#3 The Thursday Murder Club

This is Richard Osman’s first foray into fiction, and with his pitch-perfect humour – not to mention his enviable intellect – this is destined to be a brilliant read.

release date: 3rd September 2020

Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

the blurb …

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?

A snapshot of some early critic reviews…

‘Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny. I smiled a million times. This book will make a lot of people very, very happy‘ Marian Keyes

‘Robert Galbraith meets Tom Sharpe. Plot driven with great characters, I’m doing actual lols on every page. I don’t ever want to finish this book!‘ Philippa Perry

‘Such a pleasurable read. I laughed my arse off, and think that any fan of Richard Osman’s (which I am) would love his sly wit and wry observations’ Belinda Bauer

#4 Daughters of Night

There are few authors out there who can write a smoky historical thriller quite like Laura Shepherd-Robinson. She brings a clarity and modernity that convinces you time travel is very real. Her first book, Blood & Sugar, was a hugely powerful and compelling read … Daughters of Night promises to be the perfect book to lose yourself in during the cold, gloomy January nights.

release date: 28th January 2021

Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

the blurb …

From the brothels and gin-shops of Covent Garden to the elegant townhouses of Mayfair, Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s Daughters of Night follows Caroline Corsham, as she seeks justice for a murdered woman whom London society would rather forget . . .

Lucia’s fingers found her own. She gazed at Caro as if from a distance. Her lips parted, her words a whisper: ‘He knows.’

London, 1782. Desperate for her politician husband to return home from France, Caroline ‘Caro’ Corsham is already in a state of anxiety when she finds a well-dressed woman mortally wounded in the bowers of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The Bow Street constables are swift to act, until they discover that the deceased woman was a highly-paid prostitute, at which point they cease to care entirely. But Caro has motives of her own for wanting to see justice done, and so sets out to solve the crime herself. Enlisting the help of thieftaker, Peregrine Child, their inquiry delves into the hidden corners of Georgian society, a world of artifice, deception and secret lives. 

But with many gentlemen refusing to speak about their dealings with the dead woman, and Caro’s own reputation under threat, finding the killer will be harder, and more treacherous than she can know . . .

#5 A Girl Made of Air

Since I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern way back in 2011, I’ve been mournfully searching for a book that could recreate its magic and atmosphere. There have been many contenders, but on the whole they’ve been disappointing ‘pretenders’ … rather like the flurry of disenchanting magician books that appeared in the wake of Harry Potter. But here, I think … I hope … I might just have found a deliciously bewitching new book.

release date: 3rd September 2020

the blurb …

This is the story of The Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived…

Born into a post-war circus family, our nameless star was unwanted and forgotten, abandoned in the shadows of the big top. Until the bright light of Serendipity Wilson threw her into focus. 

Now an adult, haunted by an incident in which a child was lost from the circus, our narrator, a tightrope artiste, weaves together her spellbinding tales of circus legends, earthy magic and folklore, all in the hope of finding the child… But will her story be enough to bring the pair together again? 

Beautiful and intoxicating, A Girl Made of Air brings the circus to life in all of its grime and glory; Marina, Manu, Serendipity Wilson, Fausto, Big Gen and Mouse will live long in the hearts of readers. As will this story of loss and reconciliation, of storytelling and truth.

#6 The Midnight Library

Confession: I’ve not read any of Matt Haig’s books before. But a few months ago we become mutual Twitter followers, and I’ve really enjoyed what he has to say, and how he says it. He’s made quite an impact on me in the requisite 280 characters, so I’m looking forward to spending several hundred pages with him.

release date: 13th August 2020

the blurb …

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

At a glance, it’s not an unsurmountable list … but in the context of the three bookshelves creaking ominously to my right, and the growing number of e-books in my Kindle account, the impending deliveries of these six beauties fills me with butterflies of the excited and jittery varieties. I’m a one-book-at-a-time reader, so if my blog goes quiet all of a sudden, that’ll be me buried under a pile of books … wonderful, intoxicating, compulsive books!!

Don’t think my list is long enough? I’d love to hear which gems are among your pre-orders.

One thought on “Books I have on pre-order

  1. The Midnight Library is on my list as well, the other books that I’m eagerly awaiting are The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty, The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

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