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26th Apr 2019

7 new books that you won’t be able to put down this May

Keeley Ryan

Another month, another batch of amazing books.

If you’re on the search for something new to read this May, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re looking for a gripping mystery to sink your teeth into on vacation or simply want a romance novel to curl up with, there’s plenty of new (and amazing) titles hitting the shelves over the next few weeks.

Here are 7 books you won’t be able to put down this May.

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms  

Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.

Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates.

But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.

Available May 1. 

Saltwater by Jessica Andrews

Lucy is over the moon when she wins a place at university; thinking that London will be the key to unlocking her future: it’s a city alive with pop up bars, cool girls and neon lights illuminating the Thames at night. Or at least, that’s what she expects.

But her transition to her new life is way more overwhelming than she ever could have expected. And, as she works long shifts to make ends meet and navigates chaotic parties from East London warehouses to South Kensington mansions, she still feels like an outsider among her fellow students.

When things come to a head at her graduation, Lucy takes off for Ireland, seeking solace in her late grandfather’s cottage and the wild landscape that surrounds it, wondering if she can piece together who she really is.

Available May 16. 

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

How well do you really know the one you love the most?

That’s the main question asked by My Lovely Wife, a psychological thriller with a “killer” twist.

It’s the story of a married couple: they met, fell in love and had two gorgeous children. So far, pretty normal. But they’ve got a very dark secret – and things are never quite as they seem.

Available May 2. 

The Farm by Joanne Ramos 

Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks – a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry.

There, women get the very best of everything: organic meals, fitness trainers, daily massages and big money. Provided they dedicate themselves to producing the perfect baby. For someone else.

Jane is a young immigrant in search of a better future. Stuck living in a cramped dorm with her baby daughter and her shrewd aunt Ate, she sees an unmissable chance to change her life. But at what cost?

Available May 7. 

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding 

Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Desperate with fear, she locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate.

When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later.

Harper’s superior officer tells her there’s no case here, but she can’t let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There’s nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger…

Available May 2

Seven Letters by Sinead Moriarty 

Every year, Sarah writes a birthday letter of love to her adored daughter, Izzy, now seven. And after she falls pregnant, she promises Izzy that the arrival of a baby brother will make their family complete.

So when she collapses a few months later, the safe happy life Izzy knows is shattered. And with Sarah’s future, as well as the future of her pregnancy, in their hands, her husband and sister disagree fiercely about her treatment. The once close family starts to fall apart.

The clock is ticking, and the doctors need a decision. Can those who love Sarah get beyond the fog of grief and anger to figure out what’s for the best? Can they ever forgive each other for the decisions they make?

Available May 2. 

Elsewhere: One Woman, One Rucksack, One Lifetime of Travel by Rosita Boland

Ever since her first life-changing solo trip to Australia, Rosita Boland has been fascinated by travel.

In the last thirty years she has visited some of the most remote parts of the globe carrying little more than a battered rucksack and a diary.

Documenting nine journeys from nine different moments in her life, her book reveals how exploring the world – and those we meet along the way – can dramatically shape the course of a person’s life

Available May 30. 

A good book can do just about anything; from taking you on a wild and fantastical adventure to making you feel like an all-knowing super sleuth (if you figure out the killer twist).

Every week at #Bookmarked, we will be taking you through some of our all-time favourite books – as well as the newest novels hitting shelves in Ireland.