New Books Released 2022: January’s fresh new fiction

With countless new books released each month, it can be hard for a book lover to keep up with all that is shiny and new in fiction. But, I love scouring the upcoming book releases lists, searching for those special gems, whether exciting new novels from bestselling authors or the next breakout debuts – whatever is likely to make our book-loving hearts sing.

Our leisure reading time is precious… Why just pick good books to read, when you can find the best books to read in 2022!

🔍To help narrow down your book selection, I will share my top picks of the new fiction releases in 2022 across several genre. Links in this article will take you to more detail about each new book, and when I have been lucky enough to read it, open up my full review in a new tab.

So without further ado, read on to see which 2022 book releases have caught my attention so far…

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New Books Released and Upcoming in 2022

New Book Releases 2022 - January & February

What’s New in Books – January & February 2022

New release books - The Maid by Nita Prose

Nita Prose’ debut novel The Maid is one of the most buzzworthy early 2022 new releases, with book rights sold in 29 territories and the film rights snapped up by Universal, with Florence Pugh set to play the title character.

I am your maid. I know about your secrets. Your dirty laundry. But what do you know about me?

Molly is all alone in the world. She’s used to being invisible in her job as a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests passing through. But she’s thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest dead in his bed. This isn’t a mess that can be easily cleaned up. As Molly becomes embroiled in the hunt for the truth, she discovers a power she never knew was there. What can she see that others overlook? The Maid is a story about how everyone deserves to be seen. Find out more >>

New books released - Burnt Out by Victoria Brookman

Victoria Brookman’s debut novel Burnt Out is described as a warm and witty story for our times. Calida Lyons is having a very bad week. She’s long past deadline for her still unwritten second novel and her husband has just left her. Then she loses everything in a bushfire, becomes the celebrity face of climate change and is offered a harbourside refuge by handsome tech billionaire Arlo Richard. But things aren’t as they seem… Is fame and living with a billionaire all it’s cracked up to be? Read my review >>

New fiction books 2022 - The Competition by Katherine Collette

I often find myself drawn to quirky characters. The Competition by Katherine Collette (The Helpline) is set at the SpeechMakers annual national conference. For the first time ever, there is a $40,000 prize on offer for whomever wins the public-speaking competition. Frances, Keith, Neil and Rebecca all want to win, but for very different reasons… A heartfelt comedy of manners featuring a cast of loveable underachievers headed for self-improvement despite themselves. Find out more >>

More new book releases with strong female protagonists: The Department of Rare Books & Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk and Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano.

Mystery thrillers

New books 2022 - The Violin Conspiracy

Brendan Slocumb’s debut thriller The Violin Conspiracy strikes me as a page-turner with uncommon depth.

Growing up Black in rural North Carolina, Ray McMillian’s life is already mapped out. If he’s lucky, he’ll get a job at the hospital cafeteria. But Ray’s determined to become a world-class professional violinist, and nothing will stand in his way. Not his mother, who wants him to stop making such a racket; not the fact that he can’t afford a violin suitable to his talents; not even the racism inherent in the world of classical music. When he discovers that his great-great-grandfather’s beat-up old fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, all his dreams suddenly seem within reach. Together, Ray and his violin take the world by storm. But on the eve of the renowned and cutthroat Tchaikovsky Competition–the Olympics of classical music–the violin is stolen, a ransom note for five million dollars left in its place. Ray will have to piece together the clues to recover his treasured Strad . . . before it’s too late. Find out more >>

Of the many new books out in January and February 2022 in the commercial thriller genre, these next two synopses particularly caught my eye:

2022 book releases - You Can Run

You Can Run is the first title in a brand new romantic suspense series from bestselling novelist Rebecca Zanetti.

What happens when your demons can’t be outrun? FBI Special Agent Laurel Snow, a rising star profiler, strives to stay one step ahead of the criminal mind. Then there’s her attraction to Huck Rivers, the fish and wildlife officer (and former soldier and trained sniper) guiding her to the crime scene—and into the wilderness… Find out more >>

Latest book releases - The Overnight Guest

The Overnight Guest is the upcoming release from bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf. True-crime writer Wylie Lark is snowed in at the isolated farmhouse where she’s writing her new book. Decades earlier, two people were murdered there in cold blood and a girl disappeared without a trace. As the storm worsens, Wylie is haunted by secrets of the house and her own. Then she discovers a small child in the snow outside. Bringing them inside, it becomes clear the farmhouse isn’t as isolated as she thought, and someone is willing to do anything to find them. Find out more >>

New historical fiction novels

The early 2022 book releases include new novels from some big-names in historical fiction. But, firstly, how gorgeous are the book covers? Luckily, the stories behind them sound just as compelling.

New Books - Violeta by Isabel Allende

Violeta by Isabel Allende (Of Love and Shadows) tells the epic story of Violeta Del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years. In a letter to someone she loves above all others, she recounts devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, times of both poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy, and a life shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants and, ultimately, not one but two pandemics. Find out more >>

Similar read: The Return by Victoria Hislop

New books out - The Magnolia Palace

The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis (The Lions of Fifth Avenue) is a novel about secrets, betrayal, and murder. In 1920s New York City, a grieving artist’s model accepts a job as private secretary to the daughter and heiress of industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick. She finds herself in a tangled web of romantic trysts, stolen jewels, and family drama that runs so deep, the stakes just may be life or death. At a Vogue photoshoot nearly 50-years later, model Veronica Weber and charming intern Joshua stumble on a series of hidden messages in the museum that was once the Frick mansion. Find out more >>

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

2022 books - How High We Go in the Dark

Sequoia Nagamatsu’s debut How High We Go in the Dark is receiving early high praise, being likened to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven. From funerary skyscrapers to hotels for the dead to interstellar starships, Nagamatsu takes readers on a wildly original and compassionate journey, spanning continents, centuries, and even celestial bodies to tell a story about the resiliency of the human spirit, our infinite capacity to dream, and the connective threads that tie us all together in the universe. Find out more >>

New fiction - This Charming Man

Best known for his The Dublin Trilogy comic crime thrillers, C K McDonnell is now penning a comic fantasy series set in the offices of The Stranger Times, the weekly go-to publication for the unexplained and inexplicable. In Book 2 This Charming Man, vampires start popping up around Manchester… Throw in someone trying to kidnap staff, a plumbing situation, gambling debts, an entirely new way of swearing, and a DI with a lot of baggage and it’s a hectic week at the newspaper committed to reporting the truth that nobody else will touch. Find out more >>

Romantic fiction releases

Lots of new release romantic fiction on offer as we head towards Valentine’s Day. Here are my top picks, both out in February 2022.

Best fiction books 2022 - Love and Other Puzzles

Kimberley Allsopp’s debut novel Love and Other Puzzles is being marketed as an “astringently refreshing rom-com that reads like you’re inhaling a zingy citrus cocktail made by Nora Ephron, at a party thrown by Dolly Alderton and Beth O’Leary“. Rory’s life is perfectly predictable and ordered – but deep down she knows her career and her relationship are going nowhere. So, she decides to let the clues of The New York Times crossword puzzle dictate all her decisions for a week. Just for a week, she reasons. Just to shake things up a bit. What’s the worst that could happen? Find out more >>

New release fiction books 2022 - One Night on the Island

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver (One Day in December) – Cleo writes about love stories every day. She just isn’t living one of her own. When the editor of her dating column asks her to marry herself on a remote Irish island – a sensational piece to mark Cleo’s thirtieth birthday – Cleo agrees. She can handle a solo adventure. Cleo arrives at her luxury cabin to find a tall, dark, stubborn American who insists it’s actually his. Mack refuses to leave, and Cleo won’t budge either. With a storm fast approaching, they reluctantly hunker down together. It’s just one night, after all… Find out more >>

January Rom-Com Releases: Safety in Numbers by Sophie Penhaligon (links to my review) and Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Related reading: My Top Intelligent Romantic Comedy Novels

Recent New Fiction Books

If you cannot wait for these new books to be published, then check out the November and December 2021 new release fiction you may have missed and/or my Best Books of 2021.

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