April showers have brought May flowers! It’s finally time for tulips and lilacs and warm afternoons spent curled up on a sunny porch. All the better if you have a great new book to read while you soak up that springtime sun. Thankfully, there are tons of awesome new May books, from historical thrillers to breezy beach reads – including new releases by some all-time favorite authors.
Here are the top 10 May books we can’t wait to dive into:
Gwendy’s Button Box, Stephen King & Richard Chizmar (Cemetery Dance Publications, May 30, 2017)
The king of horror returns with a new co-written novella set in King’s iconic fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. It’s the summer of 1974, and 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson climbs the “Suicide Stairs” up a cliffside to Castle View every day. Only one day, there’s a man at the top to greet her, wearing a small black hat. We have no idea what horrors befall Gwendy after that, but knowing King it will be truly horrifying.
Come Sundown, Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press, May 30, 2017)
Anytime Nora Roberts has a new release we’re the first in line. This time she’s telling the story of The Bodine Ranch, run by Bodine Longbow. When her aunt, Alice, turns up after years of being missing, Bodine’s ranch is thrown into turmoil, a deadly threat closer than any of them could know. Now Bodine doesn’t know who she can trust, including Callen Skinner, the new hire she finds herself becoming closer and closer to each day.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Amanda Quick (Berkley, May 9, 2017)
No one writes romantic historical thrillers quite like Quick, which is why we can’t wait for her latest novel set in 1930s Hollywood. When a woman is murdered at the glamorous Burning Cove Hotel, journalist Irene Glasson is determined to find out the truth of what happened. The fact that the woman told Irene she had information on a handsome new actor only puts Irene even further in danger. Add in Oliver Ward, a former magician and the owner of the Burning Cove, and Irene isn’t sure who she can trust, or who will resort to murder to protect their secrets.
Lord of Shadows, Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books, May 23, 2017)
The second book in Clare’s Dark Artifices series continues the story of Emma Carstairs, who’s still struggling to find her place in the world after avenging the death of her parents. With the faerie courts rebelling against the Shadowhunters, Emma, her parabatai partner Julian, and his brother Mark (only recently returned from the faeries) will have to do whatever it takes to keep the peace. And it certainly doesn’t help that they’re caught up in a complicated love triangle of their own.
Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan (Doubleday, May 23, 2017)
The bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians (soon to be a major motion picture) brings us a story about family, jealousy and just what people will do when money is on the line. When the matriarch to the Shang-Young clan, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, the entire family descends on her Singapore estate, Tyersall Park, prepared to fight over her riches. Nicholas Young can only sit back and watch as his relatives sabotage and scheme to get what they want. Throw in some complicated love lives and plenty of secrets, and you’ve got a hilarious new tale about family and wealth.
Assassin’s Fate, Robin Hobb (Del Rey Books, May 9, 2017)
Assassin’s Fate is the third and final book in Hobb’s Fitz and the Fool trilogy. Since the FitzChivalry books first started over 20 years ago, we have no doubt that fans are eagerly awaiting this epic fantasy conclusion. With his daughter kidnapped, (though he thinks she’s dead), Fitz and the Fool set out on a deadly journey to enact their revenge.
Same Beach, Next Year, Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow, May 16, 2017)
If you’re looking for the perfect beach read (who cares if it’s only May??), then Benton Frank will definitely deliver. Set in Lowcountry, South Carolina, Same Beach, Next Year is a story about friendship, love and how the years continue to shape us. Adam and Eve are former lovers who meet by chance one summer, making their new loves jealous, but bringing both their families close together in a way that continues year after year.
You Will Pay, Lisa Jackson (Kensington, May 30, 2017)
A youthful prank gone wrong is at the heart of Jackson’s latest suspenseful thriller. Twenty years after two girls went missing at Camp Horseshoe, human remains turn up at the former campsite. Now detective Lucas Dalton – whose preacher father used to run the camp – is finally determined to find out what happened that ill-fated night.
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband, Julia Quinn (Avon, May 30, 2017)
Romance-powerhouse Quinn brings us a prequel to her popular Bridgerton series, this time focusing on the romance between Cecilia Harcourt and Edward Rokesby, her brother’s best friend. When Cecilia discovers that her brother has been injured in America, she hops on a boat to go find him – only she ends up finding an injured Edward (and claims to be his wife in order to nurse him back to health) instead.
White Hot, Ilona Andrews (HarperCollins, May 30, 2017)
The husband and wife writing team of Ilona Andrews return to their Hidden Legacy series with another sexy novel about Nevada Baylor, the detective with the power to always knows when someone is lying. Only she still can’t read billionaire Connor “Mad” Rogan, a powerful magic user who Nevada can’t help but be drawn to more and more.