Hello and welcome to my third and final ‘most anticipated’ list for 2020 releases, this time featuring twelve of the thrillers and contemporary novels on my TBR. I ended up with so many books that I was desperate to read that I decided to include some thrillers and contemporary novels separately – particularly as they’re two genres that I want to read more of. It was going to be a top five for each but…well you can see how that went. So without further ado let’s get this list started.
I honestly don’t know what to expect from this one but I’m seriously intrigued. When a young, penniless woman finds out she’s pregnant she decides to give her baby up for adoption. She can’t quite believe it when she finds out that a powerful celebrity couple want her baby. But when she arrives in their home things get a bit unsettling; and then she finds out there was another woman before her… one who hasn’t been seen since. How can you read a blurb involving such information and not immediately want to pick it up?
This one features Mal who, years ago, compiled a list of the mystery genre’s most unsolvable murders only to discover that now someone is committing a series of murders that are eerily similar to those on his list. There’s mentions of famous mystery novels, secrets that Mal has kept from all those around him and a killer watching his every move. Basically it’s another book with a blurb that immediately made me think ‘I want it now!’
Rose Gold spent years of her life believing she was seriously ill only to find out that actually the only issue was her mother’s ability to lie. After her mother spends five years in prison everybody is surprised when Rose Gold agrees to take her in. But she’s no longer ‘her weak little darling’ and has ‘waited such a long time for her mother to come home’. And now, with that information, I need to know why! I’ve got a feeling that this ones going to be incredibly dark and twisty.
Shay is struggling to find love, stuck in a dead end job and isolated whilst the Moore sisters have an unbreakable circle of friends and live a glamorous life where they can get whatever they desire. So seeing ‘Shay thinks she wants their life. But what they really want is hers‘ on this book’s blurb instantly intrigued me. Why? Why do they want hers? I can’t wait to find out and see how this unfolds.
As I thought the author’s previous thriller was fantastic I immediately knew that I had to read this when I saw it. This ones about a mother who loses her daughter and goes on a search for answers over what really happened. It sounds like it’s got another twisted family dynamic at the center of it all too. So I’m pretty intrigued by this.
When their wealthy grandfather dies Beth, Portia and Eddie are all brought together again for the first time in years to fulfill his final wish and receive their inheritance. This is one family with a lot of secrets though; a missing person, an act of revenge, a man following their car… and then at least one of them is a killer with a body in the trunk. How on earth could I read that and not want to know more?
‘There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.‘ Intrigued yet? This story follows Anna, a TV news presenter, and Jack, a detective. Both end up involved in a murder investigation but one knows much more than they’re letting on. Whose telling the truth? And what is truly happening? With two points of view – I’d imagine from that first line that they’re also contradictory of each other at times – this seems like it’ll be an incredibly interesting read. As well as one that’ll keep you guessing.
When a male student’s remains are found in alligator infested waters the university warns students to stay away from the reptiles, then another body is found and the link between the two is undeniable; both belonged to a fraternity with a reputation for preying on women. With every passing day those that know Ellie become increasingly convinced that she’s the vigilante killer responsible. ‘But if she is, stopping her might not be in everyone’s best interest…’ Another fantastically compelling sounding thriller. Plus the book that I’ve read by the author so far was incredibly good and disturbingly dark.
Every Riley Sager book is on my TBR right now and I can’t wait to finally start picking them up. This latest offering is about a woman returning to renovate the house that was made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. The locals aren’t impressed by her father’s book and the house itself is fairly disturbing. Then the strange occurrences detailed in the book begin. Is the house truly haunted or ‘are there more earthbound—and dangerous—secrets hidden within its walls?’ I have a feeling that this one won’t just be incredibly compelling but probably pretty unnerving too.
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When she was growing up Beth was invited to stay with Nina and had a wonderful time until she was asked ‘to play a very strange game – and nothing was the same again.’ Now Nina appears in her life once again, needing them to play one final game. What exactly is this ‘game’? I need to know thanks to the blurb and I just… I can’t figure it out. So I’ll definitely be picking this up once it comes out.
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This ones blurb mentions three people whose lives are about to collide in a ‘shocking and unimaginable way’. Kate whose daughter comes home terrified after a strange man follows her home and who later learns that someone she knows was violently assaulted nearby. Owen whose lost his job, never had a girlfriend and stumbles into an online world full of lonely men where he meets William; a man in a similar position with a horrifying solution. And Saffyre, a troubled child whose been a patient of Roan (a child psychologist whose also Kate’s husband) for nearly two years; she’s basically dependent on him, and knows things about him that he wouldn’t want anyone, especially his wife, to know. OMG I need to read this. It sounds dark, twisted, disturbing and yet I need answers already. How on earth is this all going to come together?
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College life is nothing like Emily expected until the Kingdom finds her. With them she finds acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend and gets the chance to spend the summer in Italy on a mission trip. But once there everything goes wrong; the passports of those involved are taken along with their money, contact with people back home is cut off and the Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous…then someone ends up dead. Yes I need this too! I’m incredibly curious and need to know more. I know this will be dark but it sounds amazing too!!
I need this book! It’s about Mike Parker’s girlfriend showing up at school with a bruise on her face; a bruise she claims Mike gave her. But then why did she stay so long? And why go to the principal rather than the police? Sides are taken with some girls rallying around Mike and others crying out for his expulsion. ‘The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.’ And I need to know that truth now too! I have a feeling this is going to be one hell of a powerful book.
Although I still need to read them – this year I’ll finally start! – Kasie West writes some absolutely stunning sounding books and this is no exception. It sounds like it could simultaneously be sweet and heart-wrenching as it’s central character Hadley starts learning some truths about herself. And the guy who crashes her swim meet sounds like an interesting puzzle to solve. Who is he? Why is he doing this? And, most importantly, will this be as cute as it sounds? Because, as I always say, I seriously need to start picking up more warm, fuzzy books!
From sweet to harrowing. Seriously I’d be surprised if this one isn’t a hard read but it sounds so, so good. It’s about May who feels lost, alone and angry after the school shooting that killed her twin brother and Zach whose life fell apart when his mother decided to defend the shooter. One night they meet and from there maybe they’ll both ‘figure out that surviving could be an option after all.’
And we’re back to adorable! See I do like the sound of some upbeat reads too! Anyway this one’s about two star swimmers who spend every summer trying to find the ultimate way to prank one another. Their plans are ruined when their antics get their families kicked out of their beloved lake houses. Then Sidney gets a note and everything changes; instead of pranking each other they team up to get revenge on the woman who kicked them out. A growing attraction follows… see cute, potentially funny and romantic!
This is the story of a boy and a girl who went into the woods but only the girl came back. What truly happened that day? The theories are countless. That, in itself, is enough to intrigue me but this book is told from the perspective of everyone except from the girl in question. Her best friend, her sister, her enemy and her ex-boyfriend all have their say. But what’s really the truth? I know that I want to find out.
I’ve heard so many fantastic things about Alice Oseman’s books so this year will definitely be the year that I finally get reading them. This one sounds just as fascinating as the rest and follows Georgia who loves romance but feels loveless herself. She’s never had a relationship or even a crush but after a disastrous summer she starts to discover that maybe she doesn’t like anyone in that way; and maybe it’s okay.
Another wonderfully sweet sounding offering that I can’t wait to get my hands on. It follows Luke who wants nothing to do with fame and hides his gift, secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night. He also co-hosts a locally popular podcast with his twin brother and has an un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada. Vada is incredibly ambitious and has everything planned out; nowhere in her plan is Luke and yet his music knowledge makes her dizzy and when she hears him sing about a mystery girl she really wishes it was her. See, cute! And it sounds fascinating too. I get the feeling that this is the sort of contemporary I could happily curl up with and devour swiftly.
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It’s another upbeat, warm-hearted sounding novel! And it’s by an author who I’ve heard fantastic things about. This is about Ruthie whose worked at the front desk of a retirement villa for six years and Teddy whose spent his time partying, sleeping in late and tattooing himself whilst bored. When his father sends him to work at the villa Ruthie hatches a plan to get rid of him – offering him up as the latest personal assistant for her two wealthiest and most eccentric residents. Nobody else has lasted a whole week but somehow Teddy succeeds. Then Ruthie finds out his father, a wealthy property developer, is planning to sell the complex, leading her to question everything. To me this whole story just sounds utterly charming and as if it has the potential to be seriously hilarious as well!
Whenever I go in Waterstones lately I see books by Juno Dawson among their most popular YA offerings which has led me to seriously want to check them out soon. This one is said to be ‘a searing exploration of mental health, gender and privilege’ and from the blurb it sounds like a pretty unique take on Alice In Wonderland. The central character’s best friend goes missing and in her hunt for answers Alice finds a mysterious invitation to ‘the party to end all parties’. But once there Alice is alone, miles from home, without her essential medication and unable to trust anyone, not even herself. I’m so intrigued by this one. It sounds like nothing else that I’ve ever read!
Not only have I heard fantastic things about the author’s previous two books but I also adore the sound of them. So fingers crossed that I’ll read all three of them at some point in 2020. This one sounds like it could be the perfect contemporary YA novel for me. Firstly it’s enemies to lovers!! Which I absolutely adore. Secondly it focuses on two rival overachievers who are forced to team up when they learn that a bunch of seniors are out to get them during Howl. They plan to wait until they’re the only two left then destroy one another. It’s set over the course of one day and sounds amazing!
I love reading books by Sara Shepard, they tend to be so scandalous, gossipy and addictive. Once picked up I find them impossible to put down so naturally this is on my TBR. It’s also about influencers and the world of internet stars. It follows four such individuals as one of them is about to get seriously burned. I just know that I’ll love this.
And the last book that I’m listing is another harrowing sounding one. But so, so important too. It’s the story of what happens when a favourite teacher gives out an assignment within which the students are asked to argue for ‘the final solution’ and two of them refuse to participate in the appalling debate. It shows what happens as the student body, parents and larger community are forced to deal with the issue. And I’m sure I heard that it’s based on a true story which is absolutely appalling; how could an assignment like this ever possibly be set?
If I was sure whether or not it’s out in 2020 then The Cousins would also definitely be included in this list because I’m seriously itching to get my hands on a copy of it. As I’ve seen conflicting informatiion concerning it’s release date I’ve left it off this list however.
So those are my most anticipated thrillers and contemporary novels of 2020. Are you looking forward to them? What other thrillers and contemporary novels are you counting down the days to? What genre would you like to read more of in 2020? Please do let me know in the comments section below as I’d love to hear from you.
Please note I’m currently on a semi-hiatus but I’ll be back sometime in January. After doing a lot of blog post planning I needed a bit of a break. But I’ll try to check in with comments a couple of times a week (probably after the first week in January as I would like a total blogging break over Christmas) and try to read other people’s posts fairly regularly so that I don’t totally fall behind.