While the fall promises to be a real-life roller coaster ride, readers are looking forward to these fiction reads for a thrilling escape.
According to Amazon Charts data on preorders of print, audio, and Kindle eBook editions, these are the 10 works of fiction that customers are most anticipating, in order of release date.
Fall is typically the season for blockbuster releases in ongoing series, and the list below has its fair share of those. Grisham? Check. Child? Check.
Surprising, this year's list also features two (two!) poetry collections.
From Paris to Cornwall, and from Chicago to North Carolina, this fall’s future best sellers will send readers on adventures both far-flung and close by.
All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec expects to leave crime behind when he and his family go to Paris to spend time with Gamache’s wealthy godfather. But a near-deadly attack on his godfather sets Gamache on the trail of long-buried secrets someone is desperate to keep hidden. With her 16 Gamache mysteries, Penny has built not just a marvelously complex series but also a dedicated fan base, and All the Devils Are Here will prove to be another winner for her readers. (September 1)
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith
Robert Galbraith (aka, J. K. Rowling’s mystery-writing identity) sends private investigator Cormoran Strike to Cornwall in his fifth novel. This time Strike is talked into taking on the cold case of a local woman who disappeared in 1974, adding to the already heavy caseload of himself and his partner, Robin Ellacott. As Ellacott and Strike dive into the secrets that were once buried deep in the past, present-day dangers threaten to unravel not just their relationship but to end their lives. (September 15)
Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
In July 2020’s Peace Talks, Chicago wizard Harry Dresden was tasked with security during diplomatic negotiations between hostile supernatural coalitions. Readers who looked ahead and saw the title of the next book—Battle Ground—probably had a good inkling that plans for peace were likely to fail, though perhaps not exactly as expected. Now, in Battle Ground, the Last Titan is bringing an unstoppable army to Chicago with the goal of enslaving humanity. Dresden has faced a lot of Big Bads in his time, but this one could be the biggest and baddest of them all. If you’re looking for breakneck-paced urban fantasy, Jim Butcher’s novels can’t be beat. (September 29)
The Return by Nicholas Sparks
After a devastating attack in Afghanistan, Navy doctor Trevor Benson returns to North Carolina. By tending his late grandfather’s beehives and focusing on his recovery, Benson tries to come to grips with his new life trajectory. But an unexpected connection to the town’s deputy sheriff and a secret involving a local teenager awaken Benson to the potential for love in his life ahead. Nicholas Sparks has a gift for wringing emotion out of even the most stoic of readers, and this novel will likely get the waterworks flowing for many. (September 29)
Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass by Lana Del Rey
Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey says of her poems in this collection: “They are eclectic and honest and not trying to be anything other than what they are and for that reason I’m proud of them.” The Audible edition contains 14 poems recited by Del Rey herself and is available now, while the Kindle and hardcover editions feature more than 30 poems. Known for her stylized, melancholic lyrics, Del Rey should easily make the leap from song to page with her debut volume. (September 29)
A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
Grisham’s readers can’t wait to dive into a new courtroom drama featuring defense attorney Jake Brigance from A Time to Kill. Set in Clanton, Mississippi, in 1990, Brigance’s new case involves a 16-year-old alleged murderer and a town that wants swift justice. But what is justice in this situation? As Brigance digs deeper into the murder, new facts arise and Brigance soon finds his own family’s safety is at risk. Early buzz about this book suggests this may be one of Grisham’s best in years. (October 13)
The Sentinel by Lee Child & Andrew Child
This fall, Lee Child teams up with his brother, fellow thriller writer Andrew Child, to deliver the latest in the Jack Reacher series. When Reacher saves an IT specialist from an ambush in a small Tennessee town, secrets might spill. But Reacher doesn’t protect secrets—he protects the innocent. Readers can’t wait to enter the fray again with their favorite former military police officer with a mysterious past. (October 27)
I Would Leave Me If I Could. by Halsey
Platinum-album musician Halsey releases her debut collection of poetry in mid November exploring love, feminism, bipolar disorder, and family in raw, autobiographic verse that touches the soul. She also painted the artwork on the book’s cover. Is there nothing this woman cannot do?! (November 10)
Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
Some authors create worlds. Sanderson creates an entire universe, known as the Cosmere, and epic fantasy readers can’t wait to return there. In November, Sanderson follows 2017’s Oathbreaker with the high-stakes battles in Rhythm of War, in which the Knights Radiant must wrestle with a future that may involve the end of the Radiants. (November 17)
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
In 2018, on the eve of the film release of Ready Player One, Ernest Cline told The Hollywood Reporter that a follow-up to his blockbuster novel was in the works, but: “I'm trying to write a sequel to the book and not to the movie.” And, folks, that’s all we know. Cline’s Ready Player One was the rare sci-fi adventure that has captured readers who aren’t normally sci-fi fans, and readers now have their fingers crossed that he delivers that storytelling magic again. (November 24)
While the fall promises to be a real-life rollercoaster ride, these future best sellers offer readers a thrilling escape.