Top Picks of August 2022 Book Releases

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AUGUST 2022 BOOK RELEASES

What new releases are coming out in 2022? Take a look at all the most anticipated August 2022 Book Releases!

This Month's Most Recommended

Starting a new month is always exciting, especially when we get to arrange our reading schedule as well!

With great upcoming books, be ready to wander from romance book releases to the next New York Times Best Selling authors to a coming of age story or a most anticipated historical fiction novel that will keep you glued to your seat.

Being quite an eclectic reader, I bet you’ll find a feel-good read on this list, and I’m so excited to spread the word about all of these new book releases.

If you’re new to Comet Readings, thanks for being here! Every month I’ll share the hottest upcoming releases to put on your radar.

I know that sometimes choosing between new releases is overwhelming. I’ve tried my best to read and include a variety of genres, famous and debut authors to make your reading experience the best and as diverse as possible.

Happy Reading!

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Best 2022 Upcoming Releases

Best August 2022 Book Releases

The Family Remains

The Family Remains

by Lisa Jewell

Mystery & Thriller
On Sale: August 9, 2022

The most anticipated sequel to The Family Upstairs. When DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene of a gruesome discovery, he quickly realizes that the bones are connected to a cold case that left three people dead thirty years ago. Rachel Rimmer receives news that her husband, Michael, has been found dead in the cellar of his house in France, and she is forced to answer questions about his past. And Lucy Lamb, who fled London thirty years ago after a tragedy, is finally returning home. As they all search for answers, they will find they are connected in ways they could have never imagined.

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Carrie Soto is Back

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Contemporary Fiction
On Sale: August 30, 2022

Carrie Soto is a fierce tennis player who has always been determined to win at any cost. This has not made her popular, but by the time she retires from tennis, she is the best player in the world. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Grand Slam titles. However, six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself watching her record be taken from her by a younger, brutal player named Nicki Chan. Carrie makes the decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record and prove that she is still the best tennis player in the world. Taylor Jenkins Reid tells her most vulnerable, emotional story yet in this unforgettable novel.

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Girl, Forgotten

by Karin Slaughter

Mystery & Thriller
On Sale: August 23, 2022

Emily Vaughn was a high school girl in the small town of Longbill Beach whose murder remained unsolved. Forty years later, newly minted US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in town with the hope of finally uncovering the truth. As she delves into the case, Andrea discovers that Emily’s killer is still out there–and she may be the next victim. Slaughter expertly weaves together past and present, revealing long-hidden secrets and building to an explosive finale.

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The Fixer Upper

by Lauren Forsythe

Romance
On Sale: August 2, 2022

An atmospheric and suspenseful murder mystery from New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware. Hannah Jones befriends April Clarke-Cliveden, the It girl of their group of friends, and she quickly pulls Hannah into her orbit. Until in the second term of their studies, April is found dead. A decade later, Hannah’s world is rocked when new evidence comes to light. As she reconnects with old friends and investigates the new evidence, she realizes that everyone she thought she knew has something to hide…including a murder.

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Wild is the Witch

Wild is the Witch

by Rachel Griffin

Fantasy
On Sale: August 2, 2022

 When a night of magic turns deadly, Iris Gray vows to never let another person learn she’s a witch. But when an owl steals a curse she intended for Pike Alder, the witch-hating ornithologist interning at her wildlife refuge, Iris is forced to work with Pike to find the bird before it’s too late. With danger lurking in the woods, Iris must decide how far she’s willing to go to keep her secrets safe. As they search for the owl, Iris and Pike discover there’s more to their story than they ever could have imagined.

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Love on the Brain

Love on the Brain

 by Ali Hazelwood

Romance
On Sale: July 14, 2022

Bee Königswasser is a scientist who is forced to work with her nemesis Levi Ward on a neuroengineering project. As they work together, Bee finds herself attracted to Levi, but she’s not sure if he feels the same way. When the project hits a snag, Bee has to decide whether to put her heart on the line or walk away.

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You're Invited

You’re Invited

 by Amanda Jayatissa

Mystery & Thriller
On Sale: August 9, 2022

When Amaya is invited to her childhood best friend’s wedding in Sri Lanka, after so many years of radio silence, she is surprised, and as she learns that the groom is her ex-boyfriend, she’s determined to stop the wedding. But when the bride goes missing on the eve of her wedding, all evidence points to the maid of honor. As the wedding guests begin to turn on each other, it becomes clear that no one is safe.

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AUGUST 2022 BOOKS
Suburban Hell

Suburban Hell

 by Maureen Kilmer

Horror
On Sale: August 30, 2022

Amy Foster has just moved to the suburbs and is trying to fit in with her new neighbors, Liz, Jess, and Melissa. The women bond over their shared love of wine and decide to build a clubhouse in Liz’s backyard. But after they christen the space with a bottle of wine, things start to go wrong. Demonic forces begin to take over the cul-de-sac, possessing Liz and causing strange occurrences around the neighborhood. The other women must band together to fight the evil spirit and save their friend before it’s too late.

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Other Birds

Other Birds

 by Sarah Addison Allen

Women’s Fiction
On Sale: August 30, 2022

Zoey Hennessey comes to claim her mother’s apartment after she dies, and she soon becomes embroiled in the mystery of The Dellawisp, a building on Mallow Island, South Carolina, named after the turquoise birds that live there. She must learn to trust her new neighbors and confront her own fears if she is to find out what really happened to her mother. As she does, she discovers that the people around her are in need of healing from their own pasts as well.

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Nothing More To Tell

 by Karen McManus

Young Adult Fiction
On Sale: August 30, 2022

Brynn returns to her hometown after four years away to take an internship at a true-crime TV show. She’s determined to solve the cold case of her favorite teacher’s murder, which made headlines after his body was found by three Saint Ambrose students in the woods behind their school. But as she begins to investigate, she quickly discovers that everyone has something to hide—including her ex-best friend, Tripp, who was one of the students who found the body.

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Top Thrillers August 2022

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The Couple at Number 9

by Claire Douglas

On Sale: August 2, 2022

When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with her boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations, the last thing she expects is for the builders to uncover human remains. The police launch a murder inquiry and ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner, Saffron’s grandmother Rose, who is in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s. But as Rose’s fragmented memories resurface, it becomes clear that the truth about what happened thirty years ago is much more complicated than anyone could have imagined. With danger lurking around every corner, can Saffron solve the mystery before it’s too late?

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The Lies I Told

 by Mary Burton

On Sale: August 2, 2022

When Clare Stockton is found dead in Virginia’s James River, her twin sister Marisa is left to grapple with the aftermath and unanswered questions. But her world is further upended when she gets into a car accident that causes her to lose ten days of memories. As Marisa begins piecing together what happened during that time, she realizes that her accident may not have been an accident at all. With her life and sanity on the line, Marisa races to put together the pieces of her past before it’s too late.

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Stay Awake

Stay Awake

 by Megan Goldin

On Sale: August 9, 2022

Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi with no idea where she is or how she got there. She has bloodstained hands and a knife in place of her phone. Soon she’s on the run for a crime she doesn’t remember committing while trying to piece together what happened to her over the past two years. All she has are scribbled messages on her skin that say “STAY AWAKE” and the feeling that someone is watching her every move.

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The Last Housewife

 by Ashley Winstead

On Sale: August 16, 2022

Shay Evans was one of the cult’s victims in college, but she managed to escape and start a new life. When she hears about her friend Laurel’s death, she begins to suspect that the past is not as buried as she thought. With the help of a true-crime podcast host, Shay returns to the cult in search of answers. As she digs deeper, she realizes that the cult is more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.

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All Good People Here

 by Ashley Flowers

On Sale: August 16, 2022

Margot Davies, a journalist, decides to return to her hometown to investigate the unsolved murder of her childhood neighbor who was discovered in a ditch. The case of January Jacobs has haunted her for years, and she’s determined to find answers. But as she starts digging, she realizes that everyone in town seems to be hiding something.

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Please Join Us

 by Catherine McKenzie

On Sale: August 23, 2022

Nicole Mueller, a 39-year-old lawyer whose career is falling apart, joints an exclusive women’s networking group, only to realize that it may be a cult. The group, Panthera Leo, is made up of successful professionals, and it quickly provides Nicole with clients that help her relaunch her career. However, the favors she has to provide in return become increasingly sinister, and she soon realizes that she may have made a mistake in joining the group.

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Daisy Darker

 by Alice Feeney

On Sale: August 30, 2022

The Darker family gathers for Nana’s 80th birthday party at her crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island, each harboring their own secrets. But when Nana is found dead at the stroke of midnight, it becomes clear that someone in the family is out for blood. With the tide cutting them off from the mainland, the Darkers must reckon with their past secrets before it’s too late.

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Top Historical Fiction
August 2022

Mercury Pictures Presents

Mercury Pictures Presents

by Anthony Marra

On Sale: August 2, 2022

Maria Lagana, is an Italian immigrant who has made her way up the ranks of a major movie studio. Despite her success, Maria is haunted by her past, and when a stranger from her father’s past arrives in town, Maria is forced to confront the truth about herself and her family.

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The Codebreaker’s Secret

by Sara Ackerman

On Sale: August 2, 2022

In 1943, Isabel Cooper is a brilliant female codebreaker who works tirelessly to decipher secrets that could help the Allied forces win the war. When she meets a pilot with secrets of his own, Isabel’s world is turned upside down. In 1965, Lu Freitas, a fledgling journalist works on the grand opening of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. When a guest goes missing, Lu forms an alliance with a veteran photographer to uncover the truth, and their investigation uncovers a shocking secret that only a codebreaker can crack.

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The War Librarian

The War Librarian

 by Addison Armstrong

On Sale: July 26, 2022

 A dual timeline historical fiction novel that follows the lives of two women fighting for different causes. Emmaline Balakin is a shy librarian who volunteers to work on the frontlines in France during World War I. There she falls in love and starts a book club for censored books. Kathleen Carre is a female midshipman at the United States Naval Academy in 1976. She becomes a target after tragedy strikes and must learn to trust others to protect herself.

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Most anticipated
August 2022 New Books

Mika in Real Life

Mika in Real Life

by Emiko Jean

Contemporary Fiction
On Sale: August 2, 2022

Penny Suzuki is a 16-year-old girl who has always wondered about her birth mother. When she finally gets the chance to meet her, she quickly realizes that her mother, Mika, is nothing like she expected. Mika is a 35-year-old woman who is struggling to get her life together. She’s just been fired from her job and her last relationship ended in flames. When Penny starts asking questions about her past, Mika begins to embellish the truth about her life. But what starts as a little white lie quickly snowballs into a full-blown fake life.

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BOOK RELEASES JAUGUST 2022
Such a Good Mother

Such a Good Mother

by Helen Monks Takhar

Mystery & Thriller
On Sale: August 2, 2022

Rose O’Connell is a struggling mother who feels out of place among the wealthy mothers at her son’s prestigious school. When one of the members of the elite and secretive “Circle” dies, Rose is invited to join, raising her status and giving her a taste of the good life. But she soon realizes that there is a dark side to the group, and that she may not be able to escape.

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Listening Well

Listening Well

by Heather Morris

Memoir
On Sale: August 2, 2022

Heather Morris shares the story behind her writing journey and the defining experiences of her life, including her friendship with Lale Sokolov, the tattooist at Auschwitz-Birkenau. . She also explores how she learned to really listen to the stories people told her, and how we can all learn to do the same.

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The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie

by  Rachel Linden

Romance
On Sale: August 2, 2022

Lolly is a 33-year-old woman who has been living a life of regret. Ten years ago, her mother died, and she had to take over the family diner. This meant giving up her dreams of opening her own restaurant and being with the man she loved. Now, on the eve of her 33rd birthday, Lolly’s great-aunt gives her a present that will change her life. With three lemon drops, Lolly can relive three days from her past. But will these days help her move forward or make her realize that some things are better left in the past?

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The Blame Game

by Sandie Jones

Mystery & Thriller
On Sale: August 16, 2022

Naomi is a psychologist specializing in domestic abuse. When her client, Jacob, decides to leave his wife, Naomi begins to worry that she’s taken things too far. But when Jacob goes missing, and her files on him vanish, Naomi is thrust into the middle of a police investigation. As the police start asking questions about Jacob, Naomi’s own dark past begins to emerge. And as the truth comes to light, it seems that Jacob isn’t the only one in danger.

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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

by Sangu Mandanna

Fantasy
On Sale: August 23, 2022

Mika Moon is a witch living in Britain. When she receives a message from another witch begging her to come to teach three young witches how to control their magic, she knows it goes against all the rules, but she can’t resist the opportunity to belong somewhere. As she gets to know her charges and the other residents of Nowhere House, she realizes that magic isn’t the only danger in the world. And when peril comes knocking at their door, Mika will have to decide whether to risk everything to protect her new family.

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Reese's Book Club Pick
August 2022

Reese’s Book Club is a book club founded by Reese Witherspoon. The club reads one book a month and then discusses it online. All the books are chosen with a wide range of readers in mind. Reese’s Book Club is a great way to get recommendations for books to read and to connect with other readers. Here you’ll find the updated list and know about my favorite picks.

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Wrong Place Wrong Time

by Gillian McAllister

Mystery & Thriller
On Sale: August 2, 2022

A gripping, heart-stopping novel about a mother’s search for the truth behind her son’s crime. When seventeen-year-old Ryan kills a stranger, his mother is desperate to understand why. She begins to relive the days leading up to the murder, waking up each morning a day earlier. Slowly, she pieces together the events that led to her son’s deadly act.

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Read With Jenna Book Club Pick August 2022

The Read with Jenna Book club is a great way for fans of Jenna Bush Hager to connect with each other and discuss their favorite books. It’s also a great way to discover new authors and learn more about the reading experience. If you’re looking for a way to get more out of your reading, be sure to check out the Read with Jenna Book Club. You won’t regret it!

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

by Jamie Ford

Historical Fiction
On Sale: August 2, 2022

When Dorothy Moy discovers that her five-year-old daughter is exhibiting the same dissociative behavior as herself, to save her from the same fate, Dorothy turns to an experimental treatment and connects with her ancestors. As she tries to break the cycle of pain and abandonment, she discovers that love has been waiting for her all along.

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Book of the Month
August Books 2022

Book of the Month is perfect if you’re looking for a subscription that will keep you entertained and engaged. They carefully select books from well-known authors and new releases to send to their subscribers. You’re guaranteed to find a great book each month.

So if you’re looking for a great way to get new books each month, Book of the Month is a great option. Try it out today!

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These are the best new books of August 2022. Let me know if you find something interesting or have already read and enjoyed any of these new releases.

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