May is here, and so are some fantastic new reads! From the next instalments in both Sarah J Maas’ and Cassandra Clare’s hit series to a new novel by Paula Hawkins, the author of Girl On The Train. Read on to discover our picks for this month!
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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas | May 2 | Goodreads
In the thrilling third novel in the A Court of Thorns & Roses series, Feyre returns to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit and one slip may spell doom not just for her, but her world as well.
Hadriana In All My Dreams by René Depestre | May 2 | Goodreads
Hadriana, a young French woman, is about to marry a Haitian boy from a prominent family, but on the morning of the wedding, she drinks a mysterious potion and collapses at the altar. Transformed into a zombie, her wedding becomes her funeral. After being buried by the town, she is revived by an evil sorcerer, and then disappears into popular legend.
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn | May 2 | Goodreads
In England 1815, two travellers from the future arrive in a field, dishevelled and weighed down with hidden money. Rachel and Liam aren’t the first team of time travellers, but their mission is the most audacious yet: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen and obtain an unpublished novel. On their mission, the two face struggles as Rachel fights to reconcile her true self with the constrictions of 19th century society and with their portal home closing, they struggle to leave history as they found it…however heartbreaking that proves.
White Fur by Jardine Libaire | May 30 | Goodreads
Set in the 1980s, Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde and the attraction is instant. Although they are next-door neighbors, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t complete high school, whereas Jamey is a junior at Yale and an heir to a private investment bank fortune. The two soon move to Manhattan in hopes of forging a life together until Jamey’s family intervenes and they are soon fighting not just for their love, but also for their lives.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | May 23 | Goodreads
Emma Carstairs has avenged her parents and she thought she’d be at peace, but she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for Julian and her desire to protect him from the consequences it bears, she begins dating his brother Mark. Meanwhile, the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, the group must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear.
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami | May 9 | Goodreads
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.
The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger | May 16 | Goodreads
The empire of Elesthene once spanned a continent, but its rise heralded the death of magic and tore itself apart. Now a new dictator, Imperator Elgar, rises to seize power and recreate the lost empire anew. With each kingdom facing their own issue, everything seems aligned in Elgar’s favour except a group finds an unexpected opportunity to alter the balance of power in the war. Their actions and those of the remaining royals, they may uncover not just a way to defeat Elgar, but also a deeper truth about their world’s lost history.
House of Names by Colm Tóibín | May 18 | Goodreads
A powerful retelling of a classic Greek tragedy of a family at war with itself. The tale sees Agamemnon ordering the sacrifice of his daughter and after her death, he leads his army into battle where he is rewarded with glorious victory. Three years on, he returns home and finds his murderous action has set the entire family on a path of intimate violence.
Among The Lesser Gods by Margo Catts | May 9 | Goodreads
Elena Alvarez is living a cursed life. From the deadly fire she accidentally set as a child, to her mother’s abandonment, and now to an unwanted pregnancy, she knows small actions can have terrible consequences. She is soon confronted by reflections of her own troubles wherever she turns. Bit by bit, Elena begins to question her understanding of cause and effect, reexamining the tragedies she’s held on to and the wounds she’s refused to let heal.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins | May 2 | Goodreads
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town and earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl who now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal | May 2 | Goodreads
Harit, a lonely Indian immigrant in his midforties lives with his mother and in a misguided attempt to keep both himself and his mother sane after the death of his sister, he takes to dressing up in a sari every night to pass himself off as his sister. Meanwhile, Ranjana, also an Indian immigrant in her midforties, has just seen her only child, Prashant, off to college. Worried that her husband has begun an affair, she seeks solace by writing paranormal romances in secret. Ranjana & Harit’s paths soon cross and they begin a strange yet necessary friendship.
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane | May 9 | Goodreads
Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray, including her marriage. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.