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Exciting New Books for 2021 (Part 1)

A new year always give you hope for new and exciting things, even if 2020 was not a good year it doesn’t mean that we can’t have high expectations for this new year, don’t you think? 2021 has to be greater than ever! That’s why I made this (long, very long) list of exciting books to read, so I decided to share with you from each publisher the most exciting books they have prepared for this year. Ready?

The Wrong Mother by Michel Bussi (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – 22 July 2021

A child says his mother isn’t his real mother but only one person believes him
Malone, a child barely four years old, claims that his mother isn’t his real mother. It seems impossible.
The school psychologist is the only one who believes him and he’s in a race against time to find out the truth. He approaches Marianne Augresse, a police captain with bet- ter things to do with her time. Hot on the heels of a major criminal, she has little interest in the stories of a child.

There’s still no cover revealed for this book, but after reading a couple of the previous books by Michel Bussi I really can’t wait to read his new book.

I couldn’t let the new book of Alex Michaelides out of this list, The Maidens, plot sounds really good!

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (Orion Books) – 1 Jun. 2021

Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike—particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens. 
Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge. 
Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, quickly suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions, lies something sinister. And she becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor target one of his students? And why does he keep returning to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld?
When another body is found, Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything—including her own life.

If you are looking for a book to enjoy knowing that it will be addictive and twisted, believe me, Holly Seddon books are what you are looking for, and her new story seems more intriguing than ever!

The Hit List by Holly Seddon (Trapeze) – April 15th 2021

What would you do if you found your name on a hitlist? And your late husband put it there?
Things go from bad to worse for Marianne when she discovers that not only had her seemingly ordinary late husband, Greg, been accessing the dark web, but that her name is also on a hitlist on his laptop.
Marianne must figure out whether Greg was trying to protect her or whether he was complicit in the conspiracy to murder her.
As she is pulled deeper into an underworld that Greg was seemingly hostage to, she gets closer to meeting Sam – the assassin hired to kill her.

I was intrigued by this one, a romance with a mystery in the museum, what more can we ask for a night read?

The Handover by David M. Barnett (Trapeze) – 29 April 2021

An utterly charming and heart-warming love story and the perfect tonic for difficult times.
Daisy is the night security guard at the Manchester Museum of Social History. She takes her job very seriously, protecting the museum from teenage troublemakers.
Nate works the day shift, though he’d be more suited as a museum guide the way he chats with the visitors. Daisy doesn’t approve: how does he find it so easy to talk to strangers?
For five minutes each day their shifts overlap at handover. He passes the torch over to Daisy – always with a smile on his face, and she asks him for a full report of the day, which he gives reluctantly. It’s the only interaction they have… until mysterious things begin to happen at the museum.
They soon discover they have a lot more in common than they realised… and their investigations uncover more than just the truth. Could they have feelings for one another?

This is the second book of the series Blood & Fire, a series I’ve just discovered and I really can’t wait to read the second book of the series! And still no cover revealed making it more intriguing and exciting.

Queen’s Assassin by James Barclay (Gollancz) – 8 July 2021

This stunning stand-alone from James Barclay is a fantastic adventure, underpinned by the question: will she execute the Queen, or not . . . ?
Her life is dedicated to healing, on the battlefield and off. The troops love her. Her ability is nothing short of miraculous . . . because it’s magical. Which is a problem, in a country where anyone with her powers has been killed.
And now her secret has been discovered, she has a choice: be revealed, tortured and executed. Or go to court, to be the Queen’s personal physician. The same Queen who ordered her family killed. A Queen whose life will now be inherhands…

This is one of my top priorities for this year, the plot reminds me one of my favourite movies “Before Sunrise”, romantic but full of reality, to make you dream but with your foot on the earth. I can’t wait to start, sounds so good…!

Uncoupling by Lorraine Brown (Orion) – 18 Feb. 2021

A quirky, modern love story to sweep you off your feet! Perfect for fans of The Flatshare and Our Stop.
Hannah and Si are in love and on the same track – that is, until their train divides on the way to a wedding. The next morning, Hannah wakes up in Paris and realises that her boyfriend (and her ticket) are 300 miles away!
But then Hannah meets Léo on the station platform, and he’s everything Si isn’t. Spending the day with him in Paris forces Hannah to question whether, sometimes, you need to go in the wrong direction to find everything you’ve been looking for…

I’ve read so many good reviews of this book that I really can’t wait to have one copy in my hands. Different from the normal style I am used to read, but I think this one will steal my heart forever.

Careless by Kirsty Capes (Orion) – 13 May 2021

At 3.04pm on a hot, sticky day in June, fifteen-year-old Bess finds out that she’s pregnant.
She could tell her social worker Henry, but he’s useless. She should tell her foster mother, Lisa, but she won’t under- stand. She really ought to tell Boy, but she hasn’t spoken to him in weeks.
Bess knows more than anyone that love doesn’t come with- out conditions. But this isn’t a love story . . .

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