Hey, lovelies! I know, I know, it’s such a big list, however, you may know by now, that some of the books on this list, will at some point, have their own article. Historical-fiction, that is based on a true-story, as I typically read based on a true-story, inspired by true events, about 98% of the time. As for other books, like, oh, I don’t know, The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, I’ve got an article in the process of being written for that book, plus others, as a book-club guide. I’ve completed, and the article is live on the first book on my list, My Friend Anna, so even non-fiction books are the other ones, I really enjoy diving deep. I hope you do, too! You can be sure that I will have a separate full-length article that will be made.
Other genres on this list include, psychological thriller, history, politics, mystery, suspense, coming-of-age (like, Coldharbour Gentlemen by Ann Lee, and more), historical-fiction (The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn), and more), business (like how Netflix was formed) and true-crime (My Friend Anna, and more).
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
An instant New York Times, Washington Post, and USA TODAY bestseller—based on the true story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris during World War II—The Paris Library is a moving and unforgettable “ode to the importance of libraries, books, and the human connections we find within both” (Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author).
The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton
Best-selling author of The Last Train to London, comes another based on a true-story.
The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale. Inspired by real events and people. The Diamond Eye explores the story of Lyudmila Pavilchenko, A Russian sniper called “Lady Death” by the Nazi soldiers. She terrorized during WWII — and who is considered the most successful female sniper in history.
My Friend Anna: The Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLouche Williams
ONE OF TIME’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Sex and the City meets Bad Blood and Catch Me If You Can in the astonishing true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as an heiress in New York City—as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor and friend of Delvey’s, who was seduced by a friendship, later was scammed out of more than $62,000.
Freezing Order by Bill Browder
Freezing Order is a gripping thriller chronicling how he became Vladmir Putin’s number one enemy by exposing Putin’s campaign to steal and to launder hundreds of billions of dollars and kill anyone who stands in his way.
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK 2021
The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while singlehandedly raising his unusual nine-year-old son, Robin, following the death of his wife. Robin is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He thinks and feels deeply, and can spend hours painting elaborate pictures of the endangered animals he loves. He is also about to be expelled from third grade for smashing his friend in the…click on the link, if you want to keep reading.
Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin
A thrilling spectacular debut about a tech company that deletes un-wanted memories, the consequences for those forced to contend with what they tried to forget, and the dissenting doctor who seeks to protect her patients from further harm.
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
In this 1950-set novel, shenanigans ensue when Emmett Watson hits the open road with two friends and a brother in tow.
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Another Agatha Christie style book.
Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.
The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.
The socialite – The nice guy – The alcoholic – The girl on the verge – The concierge
Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.
The Darkness in the Light by Daniel Kalla
A psychiatrist’s patients are dying – are they suicides related to a new anti-depressant, or is there something even more sinister going on in the northern most town in the U.S.? A riveting new thriller from the internationally best-selling author Daniel Kalla.
Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie
A “propulsive thriller about secret organizations, hidden agendas, and the lengths one woman will go to re-claim her life”, (Laura Dave, author of Resee’s Book-Club pick, The Last Thing He Told Me) from internationally best-selling author Catherine McKenzie.
Published date: August 22
Lucky by Marissa Stapley
A thrilling roller-coaster ride about a heist gone terribly wrong, with a plucky protagonist who will win readers’ hearts.
Watch Out for Her by Samantha M. Bailey
A tense psychological thriller about a mother who must keep watch at all times if she wants to keep her family safe – from USA Today and #1 national best-selling author Samantha M. Bailey.
Cold, Cold Bones by Kathy Reichs
A novel of suspense featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan who, after receiving a box with a human eyeball in it, un-covers a series of ever more grisly killings eerily re-enacting the most shocking of her prior cases.
The German Heiress by Anika Scott
“Meticulously researched and plotted like a noir thriller, The German Heiress tells a different story of WWII—of characters grappling with their own guilt and driven by the question of what they could have done to change the past.” —Jessica Shattuck, New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the Castle
“The kind of novel we need now more than ever…Unflinching and absorbing, The German Heiress does not let you look away.” —Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List and The Postmistress
For readers of The Alice Network and The Lost Girls of Paris, an immersive, heart-pounding debut about a German heiress on the run in post-World War II Germany.
Falling by T. J. Newman
Falling is a unique suspense fiction. Capturing the reader from the first few lines, a fast-paced, un-able to book the down stunner, will have the reader anxiously awaiting Newman to release her next novel.
Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson
A Best Book of 2021 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Time, and The Washington Post
The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a “compelling” (The Washington Post) account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.
The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
From one of the most celebrated writers of our time, a literary figure with cult status, a “sibling novel” to her Pulitzer Prize – and NBCC Award-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad – an electrifying, deeply moving novel about the quest for authenticity and meaning in a world where memories and identities are no longer private.
Bluebird by Genevieve Graham
A dazzling novel set during the Great War and postwar Prohibition about a young nurse, a soldier, and a family secret that binds them together for generations to come—from USA TODAY and repeat #1 bestselling author Genevieve Graham.
Last One Alive by Amber Cowie
“A haunting, claustrophobic, unpredictable thriller for fans of Agatha Christie, Last One Alive showcases Amber Cowie’s extraordinary talent. As a violent storm rages outside a remote lodge, a group of strangers are stranded in a terrifying cat-and-mouse hunt for the murderer among them.
The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis
A rich tale suffused with intrigue, mystery and betrayal that swirls around the history of the infamous Frick family.
The Soviet Sisters by Anika Scott
From the bestselling author of The German Heiress, Anika Scott, comes a gripping new historical novel filled with secrets, lies, and betrayals, following two spy sisters in the years after WWII, perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff.
Published date: July 12th
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
From the Texas plains to the California coast, this Depression-era tale follows a family striving for a better life.
The Maid by Nita Prose
This absolute charmer follows Molly Gray as she tries to solve the murder at her hotel before anyone pins it on her.
The Founding by Ann Leary
New York Times best-selling author of The Good House, brings you a story of two friends, raised in the same orphanage, whose loyalty is put to the ultimate test when they meet years later at a controversial institution – one as an employee; the other, an inmate.
Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook
A young Englishwoman searches for the truth about the disappearance of her eccentric father in this rich historical adventure novel set in the perilous world of the pearl diving industry in 19th-century Western Australia.
Deep Water by Emma Bamford
The dark side of paradise is exposed when a terrified couple reveals their daunting experience on a remote island to their rescuers – only to realize they’re still in the grips of the island’s secrets – in this intense and startling debut.
Liberation by Imogen Kealey
Inspired by the true-story of World War II’s Greatest Heroine.
The international bestseller — a “thrilling debut” and “cinematic treat” — inspired by the true story of World War II’s greatest heroine (Publishers Weekly).
Hero. Soldier. Spy. Leader. Her name is Nancy Wake.
To the Allies, she was a fearless freedom fighter, a special operations legend, a woman ahead of her time. To the Gestapo, she was a ghost, a shadow, the most wanted person in the world.
The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish
One of CrimeReads’s Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2021
Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier 2021 Crime Novel of the Year
The “queen of the sucker-punch twist” (Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author) and author of Our House weaves an unputdownable page-turner about a commuter who becomes a suspect in his friend’s mysterious disappearance.
The Harbor by Katrine Engberg
This third novel in the “thrilling, nerve-wracking” Korner and WEner series follows the two detectives as they search for a missing teenager and un-cover the web of lies that has threatened his life – and may prevent him from ever being found.
Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall
A masterful debut novel tells a story about three women whose lives are bound together by a long-lost letter, a mother’s love, and a secret network of women fighting for the right to choose — inspired by true stories.
The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
The story follows two perspectives, including one twenty-five years later, as Libby inherits the house and investigates how she’s connected and what happened that left it abandoned years ago. The Family Remains, is a captivating mystery, with the same characters from Lisa Jewell’s best-selling, can’t put the book down, The Family Upstairs.
Publication date: August 9th
War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillion
Is peace an aberration? The New York Times bestselling author of Paris 1919 offers a provocative view of war as an essential component of humanity.
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“Margaret MacMillan has produced another seminal work. . . . She is right that we must, more than ever, think about war. And she has shown us how in this brilliant, elegantly written book.”—H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty and Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.
Properties of Thirst by Marianne Wiggins
Fifteen years after the publication of Evidence of Things Unseen, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Marianne Wiggins returns with a novel destined to be an American classic: a sweeping masterwork set during World War II about the meaning of family and the limitations of the American Dream.
The It Girl by Ruth Ware
From the queen of dark mysteries, Ruth Ware’s latest book, we follow Hannah Jones, a soon-to-be mother, who gets an un-expectant call from a journalist. Back in Hannah’s university days, her friend April was murdered, with their proter being charged for the crime and locked away. But new evidence comes to light that the porter may have been innocent, and it could have been one of April’s friends, including Hannah and her husband. Will, who killed her cold blood. A dark academia murder mystery, The It Girl will have you wondering just how well you know your closest friends.
Publication date: July 12th.
The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont
A gripping fictionalized account of the eleven days when the world’s greatest mystery writer (Agatha Christie) went missing.
Counterfeit by Kristen Chen
“If you appreciate a good caper, you’ll want to pick up Kirstin Chen’s novel . . . Fast-paced and fun, with smart commentary on the cultural differences between Asia and America.” — TIME
“Propulsive and captivating . . . A provocative story of fashion, friendship, and fakes (in more ways than one).” — VOGUE
Recommended by Washington Post • People • Entertainment Weekly • Time • Cosmopolitan • Today show • Harper’s Bazaar •
That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea by Marc Randolph
The Stowaway by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth
The Stowaway, a suspenseful masterpiece that leaves a cruise ship stranded at sea with a serial killer hiding aboard.
Two years ago, Maria Fontana, the head of the Psychology Department at Columbia University, sat on a jury for one of the most depraved cases ever to pass through the hallowed halls of City Hall. Wyatt Butler, an antique watch restorer and alleged serial killer, was portrayed in the courtroom as a brutal monster. But Maria had to make the tough choice. In good conscience, she couldn’t convict him based purely on circumstantial evidence, and her deciding vote set Wyatt Butler free. The media soon outed her as the lone juror and her successful and quaint life was turned upside down. The victims of Wyatt’s ritualistic killings never forgave her either.
Coldharbour Gentlemen by Ann Lee
Harry Steer just wanted a little adventure.
Be careful what you wish for.
Summer 1800. England is at war with France but in rural Surrey the conflict seems far away: the people of Darking Hundred are more interested in the harvest and the price of tea.
The Club by Ellery Lloyd
Everyone’s Dying to Join . . .
The Home Group is a glamorous collection of celebrity members’ clubs dotted across the globe, where the rich and famous can party hard and then crash out in its five…
When You Are Mine by Michael Robotham
In this page-turner of a psychological-thriller from an author Stephen King, referred to When You Are Mine, “an absolute master,” which is about a young female police-officer faces danger on all fronts – from a clever victim of abuse, her colleagues on the force, and even her own mobster father.
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald
From the USA Today best-selling author of Do No Harm, comes an emotionally charged domestic suspense novel, that is about a mother un-ravelling the truth behind how her daughter became brain dead. And, pregnant.
Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley
In this intriguing novel filled with romance and mystery, a young actress travels to a lakeside villa in northern Italy for the role of a lifetime only to find herself haunted by the ghost of a missing woman – from the New York Times and Globe and Mail best-selling author Susanna Kearsley.
The Family Plot by Megan Collins
A family obsessed with true-crime gathers to bury their patriarch – only to find another body already in his grave.
Magpie by Elizabeth Day
For fans of Gone Girl and The Perfect Nanny, Magpie is a tout, psychological suspense novel about a perfect couple and their seemingly perfect roommate – that is until she threatens to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to create.
Reputation by Sarah Vaughan
When you’ve got Sarah Vaughan, who is a professional at twisty, deceptive stories, with Anatomy of a Scandal, is it really any surprise that her latest novel will keep me on the edge of my seat? Ummm, nope! Reputation is a psychological-thriller featuring politician Emma. Emma has sacrificed a lot for her career and the seemingly perfect life she lives with her husband and daughter. But when a dead man is found in Emma’s home, a man she has every reason to want dead, she’s left fighting to protect both her family and reputation.
Publication date: July 5th
The Last One to Vanish by Megan Miranda
A story in which a journalist vanishes while investigating a North Carolina mountain town that’s home to several un-solved missing persons’ cases. His brother shows up looking for answers and teams up with local inn owner Abby Lovett to find out what happened. As they edge closer to the truth, however Abby realizes that her tight-knit town may not be what she thought it was, and she may not know her neighbours, as well as she thought she did.
Publication date: July 25th
Cuba by Ada Ferrer
Cuba is an epic, sweeping history of Cuba and its complex ties to the United States – from before the arrival of Columbus to the present day – written by one of the world’s leading historians of Cuba.
The Princess Spy by Larry Loftis
“A real-life espionage thriller that is fast-paced, edgy and highly engaging.” – Wall Street Journal
Masters of the Air by Donald L. Miller
Soon to be a major television event from Apple T.V., Masters of the Air is the riveting history of the American Eighth Air Force in World War II, the story of the young men who flew the bombers that helped bring Nazi Germany to its knees, brilliantly told by historian and WWII expert Donald Miller.
The Retreat by Sarah Pearse
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium, a Reese’s Book Club pick, here, Detective Elin Warner uncovers the truth behind the suspicious deaths on a stunning island getaway. They couldn’t wait to stay here.
Publication Date: July 22nd
The Heights by by Louise Candish
The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among warehouses in London. Its roof terrace is so discreet, you wouldn’t know it existed if you weren’t standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that’s when you see a man up there—a man you’d recognize anywhere. He may be older now, but it’s definitely him.