Wondering what to read now? Here are all the hot new August 2022 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 I’ve also included some of the most popular August 2022 book releases from your favorite authors.
Enough from me. Let’s get on to the August 2022 book releases so you can fill up your to-read list.
Top August 2022 Book Releases
Taylor Jenkins Reid
When Carrie Soto retired from tennis six years ago, she was the best player the world had ever seen, shattering every record imaginable. Now a hotshot new tennis star is threatening to break Carrie’s legacy. At 37, Carrie attempts to come back for one more epic season to defend her title, even if defying all the odds means she has to train with her ex-boyfriend.
For their Nana’s 80th birthday party, the entire Darker family reunites for the first time in years at Nana’s house on a remote island. At midnight, Nana is found dead. When another body follows and the tide traps them on the island, the family realizes they must confront their darkest secrets or risk all being killed off one by one.
In a sequel to her dark thriller, The Family Upstairs, Lucy takes center stage. Living in London with her two children, Lucy is trying to help the family process their traumatic past, thinking she got away with the murder of her ex-husband, Michael. The police suspect gang influences, but Michael’s wife Ruth knows Lucy is the real killer and will let nothing stop her from proving it.
While protecting a judge getting death threats, newly US Marshal Andrea Oliver can’t resist investigating a cold case. On prom night in 1982, the popular Emily Vaughn is killed. Emily was hiding a secret, but her wealthy family and friends closed ranks after her gruesome murder. Not Andrea is determined to use her powers to find out what happened to Emily.
When NASA offers Bee Königswasser the lead on a neuroengineering project, she is thrilled until she learns she must work with her grad school archnemesis, the handsome Levi Ward. When her equipment goes missing and the staff begins ignoring her, Bee realizes that Levi is starting to support her at work, and must decide if she has the guts to lay her heart on the line.
Former poet laureate Dorothy Moy has always channeled her dissociative episodes and mental health into her work. When her daughter starts showing similar behaviors and remembering items from the lives of past ancestors, Dorothy undergoes an experimental treatment to alleviate inherited trauma. As Dorothy becomes intimately connected with the past generations of women in her family, she finds a stranger is searching for her in each time period.
The sixth entry in the Cormoran Strike series has the private investigator and his partner Robin involved in another twisted case. Details about the book and the cover have not been revealed yet.
When Anders awakes to find his skin has darkened, he doesn’t tell anyone. When the phenomenon begins happening across the land, some people resist the change at all costs while others find the transformation leads to feelings of loss and newfound love. For Anders and his new girlfriend Oona, it becomes a second chance to discover each other.
The Most Anticipated August 2022 Book Releases
R. F. Kuang
In 1828, Robin Swift, an orphan, is brought from Canton to London by the mysterious Dr. Lovell. For years he trains in different languages to be accepted to Oxford’s Royal Institute of Translation, known as Babel. Learning to translate, and the magic that comes with it, soon puts Swift on a collision course between loyalty to his homeland and his adopted company when Britain starts a war with China.
At 25, Mika’s life is still a complete mess, much to the chagrin of her Japanese parents. When the daughter she gave up for adoption reaches out, Mika tells a white lie to make her life seem more put together than it is. Just as Mika’s life seems to be settling into place, her lie keeps snowballing and she risks losing everything she just found.
Liv Reese wakes up in a New York City cab and nothing is like she remembers. Strangers are living in her brownstone, her phone is missing, and her hands are covered in blood with the message “Stay Awake” penned all over them. Two years ago, she was a successful writer in a new relationship. With the news talking about a crime scene with “Stay Awake” scrawled in blood, Liv must run from a crime she doesn’t remember.
The publisher’s description is toting Stay Awake as a complex thriller, and I have to say I think it was a bit too convoluted for my taste. Liv is suffering from a condition that makes her memory reset every time she falls asleep which at times made for a great unreliable narrator but at other times just felt too unbelievable. I honestly suggest skipping this summer thriller.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Karen M. McManus
Starting an internship at a true-crime show, Brynn is determined to investigate the unsolved murder of one of her high school teachers. Her ex-best friend, Tripp Talbot, was the key witness that provided an alibi for the other two students that found the body. As Brynn digs into the truth she realizes everything Tripp told the police was a lie, and much more was going on than she realized.
In 1791, biracial heiress Sylvie de Rosiers flees the Haitian Revolution and arrives in Paris, hoping to find the acceptance that eluded her back home. Instead, Sylvie finds herself swept up in the French Revolution, befriending Robespierre and his mistress. As the Reign of Terror approaches, Sylvie must decide where her loyalties lie, even if it means losing her head.
On her first assignment as a secret agent, Emma Makepeace has 12 hours to deliver the son of a Russian dissident into protective custody. When Russian assassins hack into the city’s widespread security camera network, Emma must use all her training and skill to deliver him across town without being spotted.
My list of the best new thrillers of summer 2022 would not be complete without this exciting debut from the host of the true podcast Crime Junkie. When she was six years old, Margot’s next-door neighbor and best friend, January, was murdered in their small hometown. Now a big-city journalist, Margot returns home to help care for her uncle when another girl disappears. Determined to find the missing girl and solve January’s murder, Margot begins to wonder how well she knows her neighbors.
In seventh-century Ireland, Artt has a dream to leave the world behind. He brings two monks with him and the three men search for an isolated place to build a monastery. After rowing down the River Shannon, they settle on a mysterious island where survival will take all of their faith and skill.
Popular August Upcoming Releases
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