I have a list of favorite authors who I anxiously await their next release, among them Kristin Hannah and Harlan Coben. Sometimes people fall off the list (i.e. Janet Evanovich who has done a few too many Stephanie Plum novels - I still read them but they cannot compare to the early ones and I certainly don't run to the book store on the release date or pre-order them from Amazon). Additionally, when I'm looking for release dates of the authors I know I invariably stumble upon some that I don't know but I really want to read. So here is the list of 5 books I am anxiously awaiting in 2012.
Stay Close by Harlan Coben -- March 20
Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she's got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at age forty he finds himself in a dead- end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Jack is a detective who can't let go of a cold case-a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago, and Jack spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man's family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up any moment to step into them.
Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American Dream- the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades- they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.
With his trademark combination of page-turning thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities, Harlan Coben delivers a thriller that cements his status as the master of domestic suspense.
Home Front by Kristin Hannah -- January 31
From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family. An intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on a single American family, HOME FRONT is a provocative and timely portrait of hope, honor, loss, forgiveness, and the elusive nature of love.
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult -- February 28
There is no description of this book but I pretty much love everything Jodi writes and she has been "teasing" this one on Facebook for a month or so.
Winter of the World by Ken Follett -- second half of the year
Again, there is no description yet available for this book but it is the second in Ken's Century Trilogy. The first, Fall of Giants, was released in October 2010 and it was amazing. A sweeping epic novel in the tradition of his Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. That being said I have been dying to get my hands on the second book but until just this week there wasn't even a title released. I'm excited to at least have a title and know that it will be out sometime next year!
A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson -- January 25
A Grown Up Kind of Pretty is about three generations of women in Mississippi. Ginny gave birth to Liza when she was 15 and Liza had Mosey when she is 15. Mosey is now 15, and the women are worried about an unplanned pregnancy, but unfortunately the family curse hits in worse ways than that. This is a Southern page turner.
I came across this last one when I was searching for a release date for Ken Follett's book. I have never heard of this author or read anything by her but the book sounds so good!