Our picks from this month's Amazon First Reads selections

Al Woodworth on May 12, 2020
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Our picks from this month's Amazon First Reads selections

Every month, Amazon First Reads offers a collection of titles available a month early to readers. You can select one new pre-release Kindle book each month for $1.99 or one free if you’re a Prime member.

This month's selections include a "quirky, hilarious" rom-com of ghosting and unexpected friendship, an award-winning psychological thriller in the vein of Raymond Chandler, a legal thriller of corruption and redemption, and so much more. We've rounded up some of our favorites here, but be sure to check out the complete selection at Amazon First Reads.


Sorry I Missed You: A Novel by Suzy Krause

For fans of A Man Called Ove comes a “charming…fresh and original, and heartwarming” story of three roommates who have nothing in common—except for the fact that in prior relationships they all had been ghosted. When an unaddressed letter arrives and suggests closure is possible, each assumes it's for her, and thus begins what Suzy Krause’s editor calls a “quirky, hilarious, and endearing journey.” Prepare to laugh and breeze through this novel of friendship, hope, and amateur sleuthing.


Legacy of Lies: A Legal Thriller by Robert Bailey

A new legal thriller about justice, corruption, and redemption. Bo Haynes has lost everything—his wife, the custody of his children, and his law degree. But when a former colleague (who happens to be the district attorney general) knocks on his door, pleading for representation, he takes it as an opportunity to make his life right again—but will it? She’s accused of killing her husband, and the more he learns, the more justice is on the line.


A Man by Keiichiro Hirano, translated by Eli K.P. William

The winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Prize for Literature, A Man is a shape-shifting psychological thriller (think Raymond Chandler) that asks, What does identity really mean? If you reinvent yourself, who are you? Tash Aw, the author of The Harmony Silk Factory, calls this “a riveting examination of desire and identity…at once eminently readable and deeply moving.”


Golden Poppies: A Novel by Laila Ibrahim

Laila Ibrahim’s editor calls this novel “a story of hope,” remarking that it “stayed with me long after finishing the book and continues to buoy me when I’m feeling the weight of the world.” Set after the Civil War, Golden Poppies follows two generations of American women who were connected by slavery's past but together are fighting for a brighter future. 


The Refuge by Sandra le Guen, illustrated by Stéphane Nicolet, and translated by Daniel Hahn

As Sandra le Guen’s editor remarked, “When I first saw this book, I was immediately captivated by the imagery—it drips with emotion and sensitivity and imagination and truly brings to life Iliana’s journey for the reader. This is a beautiful story that highlights the power of friendship and how sharing stories connects us.”


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