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#TopTenTuesday  Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the Second Half of 2022


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Here’s how it works: Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic for each Tuesday. If you check this link, you’ll find she’s assigned topics for several future weeks so you can plan ahead. She adds, “create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list . . . Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you!”

Each week Jana posts a Linky on her blog where you can (if you want) share a link to your post and check out other bloggers’ posts.


Here are the top ten books I’m looking forward to that will be published between July 1 and December 31 2022. 

Listed in order of publication.

Book cover: The It Girl by Ruth Ware

The It Girl by Ruth Ware

Publication date:

  • July 12

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of One by One returns with an unputdownable mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend’s murder. . . . As Hannah reconnects with old friends and delves deeper into the mystery of April’s death, she realizes that the friends she thought she knew all have something to hide…including a murder.

—Goodreads
Book cover: Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Publication date:

  • July 19

Logan Ramsay learns the hard way that sometimes evolution can be a real downgrade if you’re not careful.

—Book of the Month
Book cover: The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda

The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda

Publication date:

  • July 26

Miranda is back this year with another smart, propulsive thriller, now set in the lush hills of North Carolina, at a boutique inn catering to outdoors types. When a journalist staying at the inn disappears, the innkeeper, somewhere in the borderlands of a local and an outsider herself, gets thrown into the investigation. Miranda brings the slow-burn suspense and some observant character work to bear in this exemplary thriller.

—Crime Reads
Book cover: Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

Publication date:

  • August 2

The adult debut by Jean is a tale of an aimless 30-something woman who fabricates a life story to share with the newly surfaced daughter she gave up for adoption 16 years earlier.

—Publishers Weekly
Book cover: The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell

Publication date:

  • August 9

When Rachel Rimmer’s phone rings in the early morning, she is shocked when she hears her husband’s housekeeper sobbing on the line. Her husband, Michael, has been found dead in the cellar of his house in France and all signs point to murder.

The French police conclude that Michael was killed by his gangster associates. They have no idea that the real killer is still out there: his ex-wife, Lucy. A year later, she and her children are happily living in London, unaware that Rachel is on the hunt for her. She may have never met this woman, but Rachel knows Lucy was the last person to see her husband alive. And there is nothing that is going to stop her from discovering the truth.

—Novel Suspects
Book cover: Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

Publication date:

  • August 30

From the author of Rock, Paper, Scissors comes this wild homage to And Then There Were None! Daisy and her family have reunited for Nana’s 80th birthday party. It’s held at Nan’s secluded island estate, where the high tide cuts them off from the mainland for eight hours a day. Which is bad, because there’s also a murderer at the party . . .

—BookRiot
Book cover: Carrie Soto Is Back

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Publication date:

  • August 30

In this powerful novel about the cost of greatness, a legendary athlete attempts a comeback when the world considers her past her prime—from the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising.

—Goodreads
Book cover: Lessons by Ian McEwan

Lessons by Ian McEwan

Publication date:

  • September 13

The nonrepresentational color and especially the boy’s formless but unreally brilliant shadow suggest a future self that will be pursued by memories of a piano lesson that profoundly altered the course of his life. Young Roland was 11, at boarding school, 2,000 miles away from home. His teacher, a young woman, touched him physically and mentally and set in motion something wild and mad. All this at a time when the world seemed about to destroy itself.

—Oprah Daily
Book cover: Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Publication date:

  • October 4

The novel will tell a story of a dystopian world that’s not so different from the world we live in today. In this future version of America, laws have been written to preserve “American culture” in the wake of years of economic instability and violence.

—BookRiot
Book cover: Desert Star by Michael Connelly

Desert Star by Michael Connelly

Publication date:

  • November 8

LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch work together to hunt the killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family.

A year has passed since LAPD detective Renée Ballard quit the force in the face of misogyny, demoralization, and endless red tape. Yet, after the chief of police himself tells her she can write her own ticket within the department, Ballard takes back her badge, leaving “the Late Show” to rebuild the cold case unit at the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

For years, Harry Bosch has been working a case that haunts him but that he hasn’t been able to crack—the murder of an entire family by a psychopath who still walks free. Ballard makes Bosch an offer: come work with her as a volunteer investigator in the new Open-Unsolved Unit, and he can pursue his “white whale” with the resources of the LAPD behind him.

The two must put aside old resentments to work together again and close in on a dangerous killer.

—Michael Connelly newsletter

© 2022 by Mary Daniels Brown

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