Wondering what to read now? Here are all the hot new August 2021 book releases for you. I’ll let you know what I’ve read, what I can’t wait to read, and what’s getting all the attention this month.
In case you’re new to Booklist Queen, every month I cover all the hottest new book releases. I try to read as many new book releases as I can to give you an honest perspective on what to read and what to skip.
However, I realize that my to-read list might not exactly match yours. That’s why, this year, I’ve decided to also include some of the most popular August 2021 book releases from your favorite authors.
Enough from me. Let’s get on to the August 2021 book releases so you can fill up your to-read list.
The highlights of the month:
- Some Final Summer Thrillers
- A New Inspector Gamache Book
- A Noir Thriller in 1970s Mexico
- Two Intriguing YA Novels
Have I got you interested? Then keep scrolling to see our picks for the best of the August 2021 book releases.
Top August 2021 Book Releases
When a young man is murdered on a London houseboat, police investigate three women: his one-night stand Laura, his grieving aunt Carla, and his nosy neighbor Miriam. Even though Miriam spotted Laura leaving the houseboat that night covered in blood, she is loath to say anything. For Miriam knows exactly what it’s like to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
After a car accident caused by her drunk driving, Sunday Brennan returns to her large Irish family in New York. Five years earlier, she had abandoned them and her high school sweetheart with no explanation. Determined to rebuild her relationships, Sunday is startled when a man threatens the family’s business and forces the family to confront painful mistakes.
We Are the Brennans is my new favorite book of 2021. Tracey Lange hit it out of the park with this family drama reminiscent of Ask Again, Yes. After reading it, I couldn’t stop pondering the character’s motivations and decisions, and debating how I would have my feelings would have changed if the author had tweaked different characters. Delving into the ways guilt and shame can affect our interactions, We Are the Brennans is a brilliant book club book that I know I will be recommended for years to come.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celadon Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Even though her husband Hayden helps out, successful lawyer Nora Spangler feels likes she carries an unfair share of the domestic burden. When they consider moving into an exclusive suburban neighborhood, Nora finds a group of high-powered women with extremely supportive husbands. While helping with a resident’s wrongful death case, she learns how far these women are willing to go to get some help at home.
Chandler Baker’s summer thriller just missed the mark for me. Although the premise is spectacular, the execution is lacking. The slow burn mystery developed too slowly, without much action and too much predictability. Moreover, Nora’s husband Hayden was underdeveloped, which fails to give you a strong counterpoint to Nora’s side of the story. Despite the poor delivery, Baker’s message of gender inequality comes through strongly, making you stop and think about the dynamics of modern marriages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Flatiron Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Details are scarce for the latest novel from Sandra Brown, author of Thick as Thieves. Thus far, all we know is that it’s a historical thriller set in Prohibition-era Texas. I’ll be sure to update this once more information is released.
As New Year’s Eve approaches, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is surprised when he is requested to serve as security for a lecture by a visiting statistics professor. When he looks into Professor Abigail Robinson, Gamache is shocked by her views and begs for the lecture to be canceled. Accusing him of academic censorship, the university refuses, and as the professor’s ideas start to seep across Three Pines, Gamache must deal with a murder and the spreading madness.
In the insular Colorado town of Whistling Ridge, everyone has something to hide. When Emma’s best friend Abi disappears from a teenage party, the police initially assume she ran away. Emma knows something deeper is going on and her search for the truth might tear the entire town apart. With blurbs from Paula Hawkins and Jane Harper, Where the Truth Lies has good chances of being one of the best new thrillers books of 2021.
Three couples at a destination wedding in Portugal find themselves torn apart in this summer thriller. Along with their best friends Noah and Paige, Rachel and Jack are excited to celebrate Jack’s brother’s wedding. Yet, the new bride rubs Rachel and Paige all the wrong way and a misunderstanding brings to light betrayals and secrets.
Exciting New August 2021 Book Releases
Working in the Louvre in 1939, Éliane secretly catalogs all the priceless artwork the Nazis are stealing. The Germans don’t realize she can speak German or that she is passing secrets to the Resistance. Trapped in a dangerous game, Éliane can’t decide if she can trust her former lover with her secrets when a trip to the Riveria ups the ante. Meanwhile, in the present day, Remy Lang discovers a catalog of stolen artwork in the Riveria house she inherited and begins to seek answers to her family’s past.
When her former best friend Jamie, the top student at their elite prep school, dies, Nancy Luo is shocked to find that she is among the prime suspects. An anonymous social media user called the Proctor keeps implicating Nancy and her three friends. Somehow, the Proctor seems to know all the secrets that should have died with Jamie. As Nancy and her friends work to uncover the Proctor before too much is revealed, Nancy begins to wonder if her friends have even more secrets than she thought.
After achieving viral success on YouTube, violinist Anna Sun is struggling to figure out how to do it again. Meanwhile, her boyfriend has declared he wants an open relationship. So Anna sets out to have as many one-night-stands as she can. But her one night with Quan Diep turns into much more, and now Anna must fight for the love she didn’t realize she was missing.
In 1970s Mexico City, Maite craves a life of adventure and romance like she reads in her magazines. When her vibrant neighbor Leonora disappears, Maite sets out to investigate Leonora’s involvement with student radicals. At the same time, Elvis, an eccentric thug who longs for a better life, is also searching for Leonora and finds himself intrigued by Leonora’s passionate neighbor.
Growing up, Dahlia Lighthouse’s family was like no other. Obsessed with true crime, her parents isolated the family in their secluded island mansion. When her father dies, a body is discovered already in his grave – Dahlia’s twin brother who disappeared when they were teens. Now Dahlia must dive deeper into her eccentric family to learn what happened to her brother.
Growing up in a small Appalachian town, Cash finds himself dodging drug dealers and keeping his head down. Ever since his mother’s death from opioid addiction, Cash has been living with his grandparents, though his Papaw is slowly dying from emphysema. When his best friend Delaney secures them both full-ride scholarships at an elite prep school in Connecticut, Cash must decide whether he can leave his grandparents or his best friend.
Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with one purpose – to reintroduce gray wolves into the highlands despite the fierce resistance from the local population. When a farmer is mauled to death, Inti buries the evidence, terrified the locals will accuse her beloved wolves. But if the wolves aren’t to blame, who caused his death? And will it happen again?
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