Books Coming Out In January 2019

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Disclaimer: These books were provided to me as advance copies by the publishers in exchange for my honest review. Amazon links for each book can be found at the bottom of the page.

The year is coming to a close, which means it’s time to starting planning your 2019 reading list. There is a long list of exciting books coming out next year, and each month I’ll be providing an update on the most promising and impressive titles about to hit shelves.

January is kicking off with a bang, especially for anyone who loves a good psychological thriller or murder mystery. Of the eight books I’m about to profile, five fall into the crime genre. But fret not if you’re not a mystery fanatic – January will also see some beautiful works of literary fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs hitting shelves.

Here are the top books to check out in January 2019:


THE DREAMERS BY KAREN THOMPSON WALKER – In her beautiful, ethereal sophomore novel, bestselling author Karen Thompson Walker takes readers inside a small college town plagued by a mysterious illness. Those infected fall into a deep sleep from which they can’t be woken and endure increasingly bizarre dreams. Her first novel The Age of Miracles, reviewed here, was an international bestseller and set her firmly on course to became a big name in the literary world. Read my full review of The Dreamers here.

Publisher: Random House

Release date: January 15th 2019

From my review:

The Dreamers reads like one long, lovely train of consciousness. My favourite pages are the first ones, where Walker describes the emotions of the early days of freshman year of college, when new students are forging friendships and trying things they’ve never been allowed to do before. The desire to belong and fit in runs so deep that, even as the illness starts to spread around the university, many of the students are concerned mostly with what they’re going to do and wear that night. It’s just so human.


LOOKER BY LAURA SIMS – Debut novelist Laura Sims offers a mixture of The Girl on the Train and My Year of Rest and Relaxation in her story about a recently single woman who becomes increasingly obsessed with a famous actress who lives on her street. It’s beautifully written, perfectly structured, and just short enough that you’ll be desperate to finish it in one sitting. Read my full review here.

Publisher: Scribner

Release date: January 8th 2019

From my review:

Laura Sims, a published poet and reviewer, has produced an incredible debut novel with Looker. The book even sparked a bidding war between publishers. Her mastery of the written word is obvious, and her ability to craft a complex storyline is clear. I look forward to reading more from her in the coming years.


THE AU PAIR BY EMMA ROUS – A young woman desperate to learn more about her family history tracks down the Au Pair who lived with her family at the time of her mothers’ tragic suicide. Emma Rous’s debut novel is about family secrets, suppressed emotions, and personal tragedy, and is set against the mysterious backdrop of the English countryside. Read my full review here.

Publisher: Berkley

Release date: January 8th 2019

From my review:

In a literary market saturated with domestic thrillers, it's hard for a writer or story to stand out. The Au Pair, while a fun read, isn’t likely to break records as the best thriller of the year. But with a unique plot and likeable characters it is a fun and worthwhile read for anyone who enjoys this kind of novel. With two (complicated) love stories as subplots, The Au Pair will also appeal to any readers who crave romance.

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SHE LIES IN WAIT BY GYTHA LODGE - The first book in this new British police procedural series follows detective Jonah Sheens as he looks into a decades old mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young girl during a night of camping and partying with friends. Well plotted and with excellent character development, She Lies In Wait offers something new and solid to crime lovers. Read my full review here.

Publisher: Random House

Release Date: January 8th 2019

From my review:

She Lies In Wait is the first in what is promised to be a series of police procedural novels centering around Jonah Sheens. Gytha Lodge, a playwright and novelist, studied English at Cambridge before earning her MFA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. She is undoubtedly a skilled writer and has a knack for writing realistic dialogue. She Lies In Wait is clean, believable, and compelling enough that I got through it in only a matter of days.


AN ANONYMOUS GIRL BY SARAH PEKKANEN AND GREER HENDRICKS - In the sophomore novel from the duo that brought us The Wife Between Us comes a story about a young woman who enters a psychology study to make money and ends up deeply involved in the life of the study’s lead researcher. Read my full review here.

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release date: January 8th 2019

From my review:

The premise of this novel is interesting enough: a young woman named Jessica joins a psychology study to make a few extra bucks. As the study progresses she forms a complicated relationship with the psychiatrist and researcher running it, and becomes much more deeply involved than expected. Jessica is asked to do increasingly uncomfortable and bizarre things and begins to question the motives of the psychiatrist.


SOURPUSS BY MERICAT MULWRAY - A high performance college athlete falls in with a notorious fraternity and becomes wrapped up in a terrible scandal that threatens to destroy the career she’s worked so hard for. A combination of satire, campus novel, and cultural commentary. Read my full review here.

Publisher: Haigh 38 Press

Release date: January 20, 2019

From my review:

Sourpuss by Merricat Mulwray, marketed as a “dark comedy”, promised to be many of the things The Red Word was: smart, snarky, insightful and eye-opening. The premise - a female track and field star gunning for the Olympics falls in with a notorious campus fraternity and becomes involved in a terrible scandal - sounded exciting and timely. But the reality fell flat, offering less humour, satire, and wit than expected and in its place offering only mild insight into the dangers of Greek life and the hardships student athletes face.

Amazon links for each upcoming release can be found below: