What To Read In April: New Releases

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Spring is just around the corner, and coinciding with its arrival is a long list of incredibly exciting new releases. April has the strongest lineup of books so far in 2019, and I can’t wait for all of you to get your hands on them. There’s something for everyone in this list: mystery, thrills, beautiful writing and more. I personally can’t wait until it’s warm enough to take one of these great reads outside and soak up the sun while I get absorbed in the story.

Let’s not waste anymore time and dive right into the list of books being released in April!

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Premise: Set in 1980s Brisbane, Australia, Boy Swallows Universe tells the story of a young boy with a supremely complicated but highly entertaining life. Eli Bell’s brother is mute, his mother is in prison, his stepfather is a heroin dealer and his babysitter is a potential murderer. And as if all that isn’t enough, he’s also about to fall in love while planning to break into a prison. Boy Swallows Universe is a heartfelt and at times hilarious coming-of-age-meets-crime story with a compelling central character. And I mean come on, just look how fun that cover art is.

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Publisher: HarperCollins

The Last by Hanna Jameson

Premise: When nuclear warfare breaks out around the world, a group of survivors find themselves trapped in a remote hotel in Switzerland, unable to travel or contact their loved ones. The bad situation becomes worse when the body of a young girl is found in the hotel’s water tank, making everyone suspicious of those around them. Narrated by a historian who has taken it upon himself to document the events unfolding, The Last has been described as a mixture of Agatha Christie and Stephen King, and is sure to please fans of thrillers, mysteries and apocalyptic fiction.

Release Date: April 9, 2019

Publisher: Atria Books

Read my full review here.

The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Walherr

Premise: Set in Victorian England, The Lost History of Dreams tells the story of Robert, a former historian turned post-mortem photographer, who is tasked with transporting the body of his deceased cousin, famed poet Hugh de Bonne, to the chapel for his funeral. Complicating matters is the fact that de Bonne’s niece won’t open the historic chapel unless Robert agrees to record the story of de Bonne’s romance with his wife, Ada. This gothic novel is about love, loss and what drives people to study death.

Release Date: April 9, 2019

Publisher: Atria Books



Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Premise: In a small Virginia town an immigrant family operates a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. When the chamber explodes during a dive and kills several people, a mother is charged with murder for allegedly rigging the device. Miracle Creek is a literary courtroom drama and mystery novel about disability, motherhood, immigration and family.

Release Date: April 16, 2019

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Magical Realism For Non-Believers by Anika Fajardo

Premise: A twenty-one year old Minnesotan sets off for Colombia to reconnect with her roots, and her absent father. Anika Fajardo traces the history of her parents broken marriage in the 1970s to her own trip to her homeland in 1995, spinning a compelling and moving story about familial love, overcoming decades of separation and learning the value of home. Magical Realism for Non-Believers is a beautiful memoir.

Release Date: April 16, 2019

Publisher: University if Minnesota Pres

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Premise: A new mother is convinced that during her recent stay in the hospital someone tried to kidnap her twins and replace them with indescribable creatures. Her friends and family worry she is experiencing exhaustion or postpartum psychosis, but she is steadfast in her belief. Weeks later her children disappear, only to be found with something indescribably different about them. Little Darlings is a dark fairytale and thriller about motherhood.

Release Date: April 30, 2019

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Social Misconduct by S.J. Maher

Premise: Candace Walker is thrilled when she lands her dream job at a tech startup in New York City. But things go awry when she realizes someone has hacked the new phone she’s been given for work. Suddenly the centre of a frightening smear campaign, Candace takes refuse at her sister’s house and begins to investigate who might be behind the cyber attack. Social Misconduct is a fast-paced and highly entertaining expose on what happens when social media is used the wrong way.

Release Date: April 30, 2019

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada