Best New Books to Read in August 2019

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With the August 2019 book releases just around the corner, here’s my roundup of what’s new and notable!

I’m thinking that the new Ruth Ware mystery, The Turn of the Key will most likely be on my reading list for next month.

After that, maybe I might try reading Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center. It falls in the romance genre, which isn’t always my favorite, but it’s gotten fantastic reviews, so I might make an exception. I’ve definitely enjoyed my fair share of chick lit in the past, so I do like a little romance, it’s just that I tend to be picky about it.

The author of Keeping Lucy previously wrote Rust & Stardust, which tells the story of Sally Horner (the girl Lolita was based on). Rust & Stardust was supposed to be really good. Keeping Lucy is about a mother’s fight to keep her daughter who has Down Syndrome. Early reviews suggest it’s a solid read, thought I’m not sure if I’ll be reading it or not.

What do you think about these titles? Any that you plan on reading come August?

Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel
Katherine Center | St. Martin's Press

What It's About: From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about family, hope, and learning to love against all odds.

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she's seen her fair share of them, and she's excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies...

Publication Date: August 13, 2019

The Turn of the Key
Ruth Ware | Gallery/Scout Press


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fifth novel.

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely...

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

The Last Widow: A Novel (Will Trent)
Karin Slaughter | William Morrow

What It's About: New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see coming

A mysterious kidnapping

On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot...

Publication Date: August 20, 2019

The Whisper Man: A Novel
Alex North | Celadon Books

What It's About: In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal...

Publication Date: August 20, 2019

The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel
Christy Lefteri | Ballantine Books

What It's About: The unforgettable love story of a mother blinded by loss and her husband who insists on their survival as they undertake the Syrian refugee trail to Europe.

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo--until the unthinkable happens...

Publication Date: August 27, 2019

Keeping Lucy: A Novel
T. Greenwood | St. Martin's Press

What It's About: From the author of Rust & Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter.

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson's heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded...

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Inland: A Novel
Téa Obreht | Random House

What It's About: In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives unfold. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life--her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument...

Publication Date: August 13, 2019

A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Louise Penny | Minotaur Books

What It's About: Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Surete du Quebec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

It's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir...

Publication Date: August 27, 2019