This year, we resolve to read more books. And with so many great reads being released in 2015, keeping our resolution will be a pleasure. From new thrillers from our favorite authors (Baldacci! Sandford! King!), to a richly written family drama spanning generations, to a brand-new novel from living legend Harper Lee, these are just a few of the books we can’t wait to get our hands on.
Private Vegas, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
James Patterson’s Private series follows the cases taken on by an exclusive detective agency that specializes in keeping a low profile. In the latest installment, Private Jack Morgan investigates a murder ring operating in the city of sin, where the unscrupulous Lester Olsen has engineered a very lucrative business plan: lure in young, naive women with all the glitz Vegas can offer, and then use his influence over them to turn them into trained killers. It promises to be another thrilling cat-and-mouse case for Morgan, and another surefire winner for fans of the prolific author.
Publication date: January 26
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, by Neil Gaiman
Though he is best known for expansive works like American Gods and Sandman, Neil Gaiman is also a wizard of the short form, spinning tales that slowly unravel the world we know, transforming the mundane into the fantastical. This new collection features previously published work, including stories, poems, and Gaiman’s celebrated script for an episode of Doctor Who. Best of all, there’s a new story set in the world of American Gods and written exclusively for this collection.
Publication date: February 3
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
The year is 1940. The place is France. Viann is a teacher and a mother whose husband has left for the front. Isabelle, Viann’s teenage sister, is a mouthy problem child who keeps getting kicked out of convent schools. In this page-turning epic, the two sisters are put to the test when German soldiers invade their hometown and even their house. They struggle to find enough food, they endure looting, and they find out how far they’re willing to go to resist the Nazis and fight for their country. Hannah’s riveting novel brings the war to life, in all its horror and heroism.
Publication date: February 3
A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler
In her first new novel in three years, Anne Tyler follows four generations of the Whitshanks family, beginning with Abby and Red, who met in 1959 and built a life together over decades spent in a sturdy Baltimore home. From there, the tale reaches back to Abby’s parents’ arrival in Baltimore in the 1920s, and forward into the 21st century to follow the lives of her children and grandchildren. Through it all, Tyler reveals indelible truths about life and family, and about how the stories we share with the world don’t tell the whole story.
Publication date: February 10
Wicked Charms: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel, by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
The third volume in Janet Evanovich’s devilishly entertaining romantic fantasy series catches up with supernaturally blessed Lizzy Tucker, a bakery owner in Salem who is gifted in more than just making cupcakes: she’s also an Unmentionable, with the power to track down lost objects—and that’s exactly why rogue wizard Diesel needs her. Together, they’re seeking out powerful talismans representing the seven deadly sins before the forces of evil can use them to create hell on Earth. Filled with all of the crackling dialogue, outsized characters, and romantic heat readers loved in the Stephanie Plum books, Lizzy and Diesel’s adventures are your next favorite sinful indulgence.
Publication date: June 23
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson
With The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson proved himself a master of narrative nonfiction. In his new book, he turns his attention to the second-most famous nautical disaster of the 20th century: the torpedoing of the luxury liner Lusitania by German U-boats in 1914. One hundred years after the ship sank, taking 1,198 passengers and crew with it, Larson examines the unusual circumstances that contributed to the tragedy, profiles a few of the notable personalities onboard, and places the disaster in a larger social and political context.
Publication date: March 10
The Stranger, by Harlan Coben
We’d like to think we truly know the ones we love, but what if that love is built on a lie? That’s the troubling question at the heart of Coben’s newest thriller, in which a tragedy that should have brought married parents Hannah and Adam closer together leaves Adam wondering if he ever really knew his wife at all.
Publication date: March 24
The Melody Lingers On, by Mary Higgins Clark
Just the setup for Clark’s latest thriller proves why she has long been regarded as a master of suspense. After agreeing to proofread her niece’s college essay, a woman finds herself reading a detailed account of the night her own mother was killed, an event long thought to be a burglary gone awry. The college student, then just a toddler, was in the home but thought to be asleep in the nursery. Does her writing hint at long-buried secrets and a much more sinister motive for murder? We’re going to go ahead and say yes, yes it does.
Publication date: April 7
Natural Born Heroes, by Christopher McDougall
In his bestseller Born to Run, McDougall traveled to a remote region of Mexico to tell the story of the reclusive Tarahumara Indian tribe, whose members have the extraordinary ability to run as far as 100 miles at incredible speeds and with no ill effects. In Natural Born Heroes, he tracks down another group of amazing athletes: long-distance runners who still exhibit the legendary skills of the Ancient Greeks.
Publication date: April 14
Memory Man, by David Baldacci
Across 29 novels, David Baldacci has created a host of memorable characters, from a hardened hit man playing government assassin for hire to a pair of secret service agents with checkered records who together try to atone for past mistakes. His 30th novel begins a new series destined to join the ranks of these fan favorites. Plot details are scarce on the ground, but we know that his latest hero is Amos Decker, who has hyperthymesia—the ability to remember everything he sees or hears with perfect clarity, a useful skill for a character in one of Baldacci’s fast-moving thrillers.
Publication date: April 21
Gathering Prey, by John Sandford
In the latest novel in Sandford’s long-running Prey series, featuring Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Investigator Lucas Davenport, the unorthodox detective must delve into the world of the Travelers after a killer begins targeting the nomadic families. The case becomes personal when a Traveler Davenport’s daughter befriended while away at college comes to her seeking protection. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Sandford can always be counted on to deliver visceral thrills with a sense of verisimilitude.
Publication date: April 28
14th Deadly Sin, by James Patterson
In the newest book in the Women’s Murder Club series, the group is still reeling from the events of Unlucky 13 when a new threat appears on the streets of San Francisco: a gang of criminals who dress up like cops and engage in wanton mayhem and murder. Fans of the series know just what to expect: thrill-a-page plotting, a memorable band of engaging heroines, and a pulse-pounding ending.
Publication date: May 4
The Wright Brothers, by David McCollough
You know the Wright brothers, but you don’t know just how brave and accomplished Wilbur and Orville really were—and you probably don’t know about their sister, Katharine, who contributed greatly to their success. Drawing on Wright family diaries and letters, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough brings to life the story of these remarkable siblings: public school kids who lived in poverty but managed to achieve the power of flight and change our world forever.
Publication date: May 5
Radiant Angel, by Nelson DeMille
In the follow-up to 2012’s The Panther, anti-terrorism specialist John Corey has left the FBI, opting for a quieter life with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group, following Russian officials around the U.N. in New York City. But even in a low-stress position, Corey is unable to ignore his instincts, and soon he’s uncovering a potential threat from a resurgent Russia and chasing a suitcase nuke all over Manhattan. In other words, just another day at the office.
Publication date: May 26
Finders Keepers, by Stephen King
King isn’t an author known for sequels, but we’re thrilled he’ll be revisiting the story of Bill Hodges, the embattled former detective who chased down a maniacal serial killer in last year’s Mr. Mercedes. The first volume is signature King: shocking, suspenseful, and populated by a cast of characters that jump off the page. We can’t wait to read the follow-up—especially because we’ve heard hints that the plot concerns a crazed fan willing to kill to get another book by his favorite author (a motive, if not a method, we can certainly relate to).
Publication date: June 2
Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
Readers everywhere were stunned and elated by the news that Harper Lee, author of the beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird, is set to release a second novel this summer. Go Set a Watchman, which Lee wrote before Mockingbird, was thought lost until just recently. Set in the same fictional world as Mockingbird, it features Scout Finch as a young woman in the 1950s. The new novel doesn’t come out until July, but you can pre-order it now.
Publication date: July 14