April 2021 Book Releases (Fiction)

Spring has sprung, and I’m excited to share some exciting April 2021 book releases! There are tons of awesome new books coming out this month, so you should probably apologize to your ever-growing TBR list now. 😉

In this list, I’m focusing on fiction books only. (Sorry non-fiction lovers!)

April 2021 Book Releases - Fiction Books

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April 2021 Book Releases

Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson book cover

Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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When her baby is stolen, Bree Cabbat “must complete one small—but critical—task. It seems harmless enough, but her action comes with a devastating price, making her complicit in a tangled web of tragedy and shocking secrets that could destroy everything she loves. It is the beginning of an odyssey that will lead Bree to dangerous places, explosive confrontations, and chilling truths.”

Release date: April 6th, 2021

Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford book cover

Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford

Genre: Historical Fiction

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“New York’s last bohemia—the glittering, decadent downtown club scene of the 1980s—is the setting for this brilliantly winning novel about a smart, vulnerable young woman taking a deep dive into her dark side, essential for fans of Sweetbitter, Fleabag, and books by Patti Smith.”

Release date: April 6th, 2021

Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi book cover

Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi

Genre: Fiction/Magical Realism

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“The prize-winning, bestselling author of GingerbreadBoy, Snow, Bird; and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a vivid and inventive new novel about a couple forever changed by an unusual train voyage.”

Release date: April 6th, 2021

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price book cover

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

Genre: YA Mystery

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“Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit.”

Release date: April 6th, 2021

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon book cover

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

Genre: Mystery/Horror

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“When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. Jax learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And as she dives deeper into the research herself, she discovers that the land holds a far darker past than she could have ever imagined.”

Release date: April 6th, 2021

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes book cover

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes

Genre: Thriller

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The third book in the ‘You’ series, now a popular Netflix show. Joe’s back, and this time he’s settled on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. He meets Mary Kay, a local librarian, and decides she’s his new soulmate.

Release date: April 6th, 2021

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House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Genre: YA Fantasy/Horror

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“Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.” Then, her older sister Grey goes missing, and Iris goes looking for her. “The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.”

Release date: April 6th, 2021

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams book cover

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Genre: Historical Fiction

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“Set when the women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It’s a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.”

Release date: April 6th, 2021

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth book cover

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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“From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. But Rose has always been Fern’s protector from the time they were small. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart’s desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome.”

Release date: April 13th, 2021

When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain book cover

When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McClain

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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“A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?”

Release date: April 13th, 2021

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky book cover

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

Genre: YA Horror/Thriller

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New York Times –bestselling author Goldy Moldavsky delivers a deliciously twisty YA thriller that’s Scream meets Karen McManus about a mysterious club with an obsession for horror.”

Release date: April 13th, 2021

The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur book cover

The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

Genre: YA Mystery/Historical Fiction

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“After her father vanishes while investigating the disappearance of 13 young women, a teen returns to her secretive hometown to pick up the trail in this second YA historical mystery from the author of The Silence of Bones.”

Release date: April 20th, 2021

The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer book cover

The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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The Perfect Daughter is a thriller that explores the truth or lies behind a teenage girl’s multiple personality disorder, from D.J. Palmer, the author of The New Husband.”

Release date: April 20th, 2021

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Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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“With the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is a thrilling work of psychological suspense about twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.”

Release date: April 20th, 2021

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart book cover

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Genre: YA Fantasy

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“This Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut about two enemy witches who must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a common enemy has the twisted cat-and-mouse of Killing Eve with the richly imagined fantasy world of Furyborn and Ember in the Ashes.”

Release date: April 20th, 2021

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean book cover

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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“A woman being held captive is willing to risk everything to save herself, her unborn child, and her captor’s latest victim in this claustrophobic thriller in the tradition of Misery and Room.”

Release date: April 20th, 2021

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian book cover

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Genre: Historical Fiction

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“A young Puritan woman–faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul–plots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive historical thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant.

Release date: April 20th, 2021

When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins book cover

When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

“Twenty-one years ago, Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela were killed in what has become the most infamous double murder of the modern age. Their ten year-old daughter – nicknamed the Angel of Death – spent eight years in a children’s secure unit and is living quietly under an assumed name with a family of her own. Now, on the anniversary of the trial, a documentary team has tracked down her older sister, compelling her to break two decades of silence.”

Estimated release date: April 20th, 2021

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Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Mystery

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“A hilariously quirky novel that is equal parts murder mystery, rom-com, and a celebration of mothers and daughters as well as a deep dive into Chinese-Indonesian culture, by debut author Jesse Q. Sutanto.”

Release date: April 27th, 2021

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Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey

Genre: Romance/Fantasy/Science Fiction

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“Like satellites trapped in orbit around each other, Thora and Santi are destined to meet [over and over] again: as a teacher and prodigy student; a caretaker and dying patient; a cynic and a believer. In numerous lives they become friends, colleagues, lovers, and enemies. But as blurred memories and strange patterns compound, Thora and Santi come to a shocking revelation—they must discover the truth of their mysterious attachment before their many lives come to one, final end.”

Release date: April 27th, 2021

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird book cover

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird

Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian

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“Set in a world where a virus stalks our male population, The End of Men is an electrifying and unforgettable debut from a remarkable new talent that asks: what would our world truly look like without men?”

Release date: April 27th, 2021

Click here to view my full list of new book releases in April 2021.

I hope this list has helped you narrow down which new book releases you’re most excited about this month. Stay healthy and keep on reading, friends.

If you’re looking for more awesome books to read, check out my list of some of the most anticipated Thriller Books of Winter 2021!

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