April’s hottest new releases 2016
They say that April is the cruellest month – but if you ask us, it’s being pretty kind this year. Why? Just wait until you’ve seen the books heading our way and then you’ll understand.
We’ve picked out a great selection, including new novels by Linwood Barclay, Joanne Harris and Sarah Hilary, and some terrifying Scandi-crime from Erik Axl Sund. So sit back with a cup of tea and lose yourself in one of the cracking reads out this month.
April’s Hottest New Releases
The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund – 14th April
In The Crow Girl, Erik Axl Sund weaves together the story of a series of horrific crimes with the darker side of Swedish society to create a novel that is viscerally terrifying and psychologically intriguing. This one may not be for the faint of heart, but we absolutely loved it.
Far From True by Linwood Barclay – 21st April
We loved Broken Promise, the first instalment in the Promise Falls series, and its follow up more than lives up to expectations. The dark history and lies in Promise Falls keep causing death and tragedy, so Cal Weaver must pursue his investigations, no matter where they lead. This one will keep you guessing throughout.
Different Class by Joanne Harris – 21st April
Set in the same all-boys school as Gentlemen and Players, Different Class is a brooding and claustrophobic read that hooks you from the beginning and keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to the end. With an engaging plot and acerbic writing, we can’t recommend it enough.
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz – 21st April
Trained to kill from a young age in a clandestine secret operations project, Evan Smoak breaks away to become a ‘Nowhere Man’ and use his training to help those in need. Hurwitz keeps you hooked through each adrenaline-soaked page; this is a book you won’t want to put down.
When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen – 21st April
When She Was Bad is a truly great psychological thriller. In this novel, Tammy Cohen turns a mundane office into the scene of lies, suspicion and even murder – we know we’ll be keeping a closer eye on our own colleagues after reading it!
The Last Mile by David Baldacci – 21st April
Amos Decker returns in David Baldacci’s new novel. Melvin Mars, a talented football player, is on death row for the violent murder of his parents – but then another man confesses to the crime and a member of Decker’s own team goes missing. Decker must use every ounce of his talent to solve this mystery.
Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary – 7th April
After the success of Someone Else’s Skin, winner of the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2015, Sarah Hilary returns with this riveting thriller – the third in the DI Marnie Rome series. With superb characters, an addictive plot and a killer twist, this one really shouldn’t be missed.
The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh – 21st April
Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, The Missing Hours tells the tale of a woman trying to remember hours of her life spent in a fugue state – hours that she fears may be related to a murder. Well plotted and paced, this is a thriller that will catch you out with more than one unexpected twist.
The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon – 7th April
The Waters of Eternal Youth is the twenty-fifth book in Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti series, and sees Brunetti drawn into a cold case with a murky past and a dark story at its heart. Donna Leon transports us all the way to Venice masterfully in this vivid, evocative novel and delivers us an absolutely fantastic mystery.
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley – 21st April
If you haven’t discovered James Crumley’s The Last Good Kiss then now is the perfect time as it’s being newly reissued this month. This American noir and its hard-boiled, rugged characters have inspired so many authors – including Ian Rankin himself. It’s an absolute classic that’s not to be missed.
The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh – 7th April
Franco Begbie, one of our favourite characters from Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, is back and living in sunny Florida – the sins and horrors of his past a seemingly distant memory. However, when Begbie returns to Scotland for the funeral of his estranged son, we soon realise that he’s not as reformed as he seems. A thrill-ride of a read by a phenomenal writer.
The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent – 7th April
If you love SJ Watson and Gillian Flynn, then you will adore The Loving Husband – Christobel Kent’s new novel about love, marriage and the lies that we tell ourselves. A compulsive, pitch perfect psychological thriller.
The Missing by C L Taylor – 7th April
The Missing is C L Taylor’s third book, and might be her best so far. Focusing on the case of a missing teenager, the book confronts many of the problems faced in modern family life in a way that’s honest, refreshing and modern, while still delivering a cracking plot and an ending that you won’t see coming.
Private Paris by James Patterson – 21st April
James Patterson has done it again – Private Paris is yet another fantastic, action-packed read. With a fast-paced plot and a host of familiar characters that we know and love, you’ll find yourself racing to the end of each chapter, never knowing what to expect next.
A Time of Torment by John Connolly – 7th April
When Detective Charlie Parker finds himself in a truly terrifying community called the Cut, he must face dangers and atrocities he’s never seen before in his pursuit of justice. A Time of Torment, the fourteenth book in the series, is a gripping slow burner that brims with tension and intrigue.
The Pick of the Paperbacks
These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.
Which new releases are you desperate to read? Let us know in the comments below!