Each year a new band of debut authors set out to release their first book. With new releases coming out each month by a variety of authors, there’s a host of new voices just waiting to be heard. These are 12 new voices to read this year no matter your favorite genre.
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
On the surface, Kin Stewart is your average husband and father… except he time travels and somehow got left in the ’90s during a mission where he becomes accustomed to his new life and his new family. But when his rescue team finally shows up to bring him back to his rightful time in the future, he’s not sure if he can leave his new family behind for a family he doesn’t remember.
The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann
After a traumatic indiscretion made by her father in her early teens, Katie Gregory is now in her mid-twenties and finally feeling like life is on her side. But when she returns to the lake house she realizes that the memories from her past are still there to haunt her. Can she overcome her past or will it consume her for good?
The Winter Sister by Megan Collins
Sixteen years later, Sylvie is still haunted by the senseless murder of her sister. Now she is helping to care for her mother who has cancer and she comes face-to-face with the man she thinks killed her sister. She’ll have to learn how to deal with the mysterious death and the years of trauma that came with it.
The DNA of You and Me by Andrea Rothman
When Emily gets hired to work at a research lab, she finds herself unbothered by the fact that she’ll be competing for a coveted researcher position. But when she begins to grow close to her competition, she realizes that there may be something out there for her other than just her career and success. A story about deciding between your head and your heart, this debut was one of the year’s most anticipated novels.
Trophy Life by Lea Geller
Agnes Parson lives the good life in Santa Monica while her husband provides for their family. But her days of yoga and relaxation are over when he suddenly disappears, leaving Agnes with the responsibility to provide for her and her daughter. From a privileged and comfortable life to exterminating bugs in her new less-than-luxury home, Agnes Parson is up for a big lifestyle change – and even bigger change of character – in Trophy Life.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
In this shocking historical fiction novel, a black woman is accused of a double murder. Even though she can’t remember what happened during the night in question, she still has an important story to tell. Telling her powerful tale of abuse and scandal, she reveals a plethora of dark secrets, exposing the evil side of English society by the end of her trial.
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim
Natalie Tan fled her home seven years ago, leaving her mother behind when she refused to support Natalie’s dreams. When she finds out her mother has passed away, she returns to Chinatown, shocked to see its lifeless and rundown condition. There is more shock when she realizes she’s now inherited her grandmother’s restaurant. Finding new friendship and love in town, Natalie discovers that maybe there’s a chance at a good life in Chinatown after all.
The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess
Eve Rosen is starting to think that her career in publishing will never take off. But when she gets the opportunity to attend a party thrown by one of her favorite writers, she is thrust into the world she has always wanted. However, she’ll soon learn the disappointing reality of the industry and the people she had begun to look up to.
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
When Iris meets Silas during the Great Exhibition of the 1850s, she thinks very little of the encounter. She becomes a model for a great painter and begins to learn the ways of painting and is happy with how her life is turning out. But just when everything starts to fall into place, she learns that Silas never forgot about their encounter and has cultivated a dark obsession with her during their time apart.
All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey
For fans of middle-grade novels comes an exciting debut from Lindsay Lackey. Red has powers unlike any other young girl and whenever her temper picks up, so does the wind around her. Being a kid in foster care, she finds her powers often unleash themselves on their own and it isn’t until she moves in with the Groove family that she finally feels like she fits in. But when her long lost mother blows in, she’ll have to choose between her mother or the new family she has grown to love.
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
For fans of Angie Thomas, this powerful YA story will have you emotional from beginning to end. Simone can’t fathom the thought of telling her classmates and peers about her HIV diagnosis. When she falls in love with Miles, she knows she has to tell him about having HIV as sex could be in their near future. Before she has the chance to open up to Miles, she gets a note threatening to reveal her secret, exposing the prejudice and malicious ways of her community.
Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell
This mythical novel follows the death of a young boy and the assumptions that it’s the fault of local sirens. Moira isn’t convinced it was the sirens who caused the boy’s death. She teams up with her childhood friend and lighthouse keeper Jude, and the two begin an investigation of their own, hellbent on bringing the real killer to justice and saving the sirens.