By Ashly Moore Sheldon • January 31, 2023
Our teetering TBR piles may be taller than small children, but still we never tire of browsing (and buying!) new books. From gripping thrillers to inventive retellings to thrilling sequels, February’s most anticipated list is littered with must-reads! Here are seventeen upcoming releases across a diverse mix of genres. These are available for pre-order, but in the meantime, peruse our recommendations for similar reads that you can enjoy right away.
After her wealthy husband announces divorce and cuts her off, Nisha is reeling. Sam is a struggling single mom who accidentally grabs Nisha's gym bag. The mixup leads to an unlikely friendship that transforms the lives of the two women who each find themselves at a crossroads.
When the stories she writes about friends falling in love start to come true, Alice is approached by others who want romantic help. But not all the stories she writes turn out as expected. When she receives her most challenging assignment yet, Alice is forced to confront her own guarded heart.
When Fallon's best friend starts ghosting her, all the other moms in her friend group follow suit. Determined to win them back, she deploys a set of engagement tactics from throwing an epic party to joining a friendship app. Eventually, she realizes that the person she really needs to make peace with is herself.
Twin sisters Arcade and Daffodil cling to one another as women in their community go missing. Exploring weighty themes around generational trauma and addiction, this lyrical, immersive novel is an urgent testament to survival and a literary elegy for missing women everywhere.
In this page-turning horror sequel, Jade is released from prison and returns to the rural lake town of Proofrock, Idaho, after her conviction is overturned. It is December 12, 2019. On that same day, just outside of town, vengeful serial killer Dark Mill South escapes from his prison transfer.
Successful film professor and podcast Bodie Kane is content to put the tragedies in her past behind her, particularly the murder of her boarding school roommate. But when the Granby School invites her back to teach a course, she finds herself reexamining the case and its increasingly apparent flaws.
Amidst the heartbreak of failed IVF treatments, Olivia and her husband, Park, find out that DNA results in a murder investigation indicate Park has fathered the suspect. Olivia is surprised to learn that Park donated to a sperm clinic many years ago. As the investigation progresses more shocking secrets emerge.
After the mortal Medusa is assaulted by Poseidon in Athene's temple, the goddess punishes the young woman turning her into a snake-haired monster who, with one glance, petrifies (literally!) all living creatures. This fantasy retelling turns our understanding of this myth on its head with a resonant timeliness.
This darkly romantic page-turner is a sumptuous, haunting story about a marriage that is unraveled by dark secrets, a friendship cursed to end in tragedy, and the danger of believing in fairy tales. Lush and atmospheric, it's a tale about love, betrayal, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive.
In the stunning standalone prequel to the bestselling The Priory of the Orange Tree, three women must find the strength to protect humankind from a devastating threat. Tunuva, Glorian, and Dumai come from very different lives, but together their efforts will shape the world for generations to come.
In this contemporary retelling of The Crane Wife by the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, one fiercely pragmatic teen forced to grow up faster than was fair will do whatever it takes to protect her family—and change the story. A raw, powerful coming-of-age tale.
A mesmerizing novel set in the French royal court of Catherine de' Medici during the Renaissance, which recreates the touching and surprising true story behind the Beauty and the Beast legend. Heartbreaking and hopeful, this is the portrait of an arranged marriage and the remarkable, resilient family it formed.
This luminous novel set in 1950s Philadelphia and Washington, DC, explores womanhood, sacrifice, and ambition for two young Black women. Ruby and Eleanor live totally different lives, but both are navigating the turbulent waters of race, class, education, and motherhood.
France, 1918. To avoid an arranged marriage, Pauline, a young Chinese woman living in Paris, runs away. She bonds with Camille who is planning her escape from her own abusive marriage. But they are both thrown into peril when Pauline uncovers a dangerous secret Camille has been keeping from her.
This riveting true story is based on the life of Dorothy Horstmann, the doctor who discovered the key to stopping polio. Rising from a humble background, Dorothy was often the only woman in the room. But in the face of this terrifying disease that was killing and paralyzing children, she was a woman on a mission.
Relationship-prone web journalist Lana has decided she's ready for a break from dating. But when her high school flame comes to work at her site, the chemistry between them is still undeniable. Now their boss has pitted them against each other in a competition for a highly coveted dream job.
Since getting shot, chief of police Nash Morgan has been struggling. Lina, his new next-door neighbor sees his pain and the physical connection between them is incendiary, but she's got dangerous secrets of her own. This sexy sequel expands the world of Knockemout, Virginia.
Hopefully there’s something here that you want to add to your TBR list! Let us know which new books you’re most excited about this month.