December is the perfect time to stock up on new books or to catch up on the book’s we’ve been putting off on our 2018 TBR. Here’s the perfect distraction or books to look forward to! With too many to choose from here are 10 highly anticipated new releases in December:
1. Once Upon a River by DianeSetterfield
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.
Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.
2. Verity by Colleen Hoover
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.
3. Rapid Falls by Amber Cowie
Forgive and forget? The past and present collide for two sisters who survived a tragedy—and must now survive the truth behind it.It’s been twenty years since Cara’s boyfriend died in a horrible accident and her sister, Anna, went to prison. The tragedy has become a local legend, but Cara has her grief to have a successful career and a happy family. Pity about Anna. Recently released from incarceration, she’s struggling with addiction, guilt, and shame—a shattered life. As Anna pulls herself together, her memories of that night on the bridge start to come into focus. As past secrets unfold and nothing is what it seems anymore, Anna desperately searches for the truth. But what if Cara doesn’t want her to find it?
4. Bleak Harbor by Bryan Gruley
Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears. When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic, and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst. But there’s also more to the story. Someone is sending them ominous texts and emails filled with information no one else should have. Could the secrets they’ve kept hidden—even from one another—have led to Danny’s abduction? As pressure from the kidnapper mounts, Carey and Pete must face their own ugly mistakes to find their son before he’s taken from them forever.
5. The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson
From the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France comes an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century—Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown—and the fascinating women who made it. TJennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.
6. Legion: Lies of the Beholder by Brandon Sanderson
In the Legion series, distinctly contemporary novellas filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson has revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent. Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is the series’ hero. A man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae. Hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. The third and final entry in the series is perhaps the strangest, most unpredictable installment to date. Like the volumes that preceded it is original, challenging, and utterly absorbing. In Stephen Leeds, a man constantly struggling to understand and control his own divided nature, he has created one of the most compelling heroes in recent popular fiction. Like the best of Sanderson’s work, Lies of the Beholder is something special.
7. Everless by Sara Holland
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’sown lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless. To earn more time for him before she loses him forever. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets. And finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate. And the fate of time itself.
8. For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt
On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder.
Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy.
Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also.
His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating.
With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?
9. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a laugh-out-loud romp through online dating and its many, many fails.
Christina Lauren’s latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you’ll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand. Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single. So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact. They’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together.
10. Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard
A haunting debut novel about family and sacrifice, Winter Loon reminds us of how great a burden the past can be, the toll it exacts, and the freedom that comes from letting it go.
A powerful, page-turning coming-of-age story, Winter Looncapturesthe resilience of a boy determined to become a worthy man by confronting family demons, clawing his way out of the darkness, and forging a life from the shambles of a broken past.