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Top reads for April

Aqilah Rahman

April is here, and with it are some new books to consider for reading lists.

Here are eight new releases this month, which include stories about an engineer-in-training who discovers a woman in space without a helmet, a mafia war between two crime syndicates in the 1980s, and a mother running for senate who is desperate to find her daughter in France before her campaign gets ruined.

BRAKING DAY BY ADAM OYEBANJI
Over a century has passed since three generation ships escaped Earth and survived the rampage of AI. As the ships prepare to land on their new home, engineer-in-training Ravi discovers a woman floating in space without a helmet and he’s the only one who can see her.

In addition, strange things begin to happen on the ship as they approach their new planet. To unravel the mystery, Ravi teams up with his brilliant cousin who has a penchant for AI despite it being forbidden.

THE CHILDREN ON THE HILL BY JENNIFER MCMAHON
Psychiatrist Helen lives with her two grandchildren Violet and Eric after they lost their parents in a car accident. One day their grandmother introduces their new family member Iris who has lost her memories. Violet and Eric befriend her immediately and invite her to join their Monster Club where they discuss monsters and how to defeat them.

About four decades later, podcast host of Monsters Among Us Lizzy arrives in Vermont where a young girl has been kidnapped and a monster has been sighted. Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the story alternates between the two timelines and weaves the two perspectives together for a terrifying yet compelling read.

HOTEL MAGNIFIQUE BY EMILY J TAYLOR
Hotel Magnifique is no ordinary hotel. It appears at a different place every morning and is a highly coveted accommodation among those who can afford it. When Jani learns that the hotel has made a stop in her hometown, she decides to join the employees together with her sister Zosa so they can escape their dreary life.

After signing the contracts, the two sisters are swept into an exhilarating adventure brimming with magic. However, Jani quickly finds out that there is no way out once they’re inside the hotel. With the help of her colleague Bel, Jani is determined to free her sister and the rest of the staff from a ruthless mastermind.

THE NO-SHOW BY BETH O’LEARY
Jane, Miranda and Siobhan are strangers who have one thing in common – they’ve all been stood up on Valentine’s Day by Joseph. The No-Show is told through the three women’s perspective as they navigate their lives and relationships with Joseph who seems to genuinely care about each of them and appears to be more than meets the eye.

SEA OF TRANQUILITY BY EMILY ST JOHN MANDEL
Exploring different narratives across different time periods, Sea of Tranquility begins in 1912 when 18-year-old Edwin is exiled from his family after voicing his views at a dinner party. Fast forward to 2020, Mirella is living through the early days of the pandemic. About two centuries later, writer Olive travels all over Earth, away from her home which is the second moon colony. The year is now 2401, and Detective Gaspery is investigating how the three timelines are connected.

CITY ON FIRE BY DON WINSLOW
Set in the 1980s, a mafia war breaks out between the Irish and Italian crime syndicates after decades of stable alliance. Debt collector Danny, son of the previous Irish boss, reluctantly steps up to take charge as more people lose their lives amid the escalating conflict.

THE ART OF THE DECOY BY TRISH ESDEN
Edie’s mother has been sentenced to nine months in prison for art forgery. To rebuild the family business, Edie returns to Northern Vermont and runs the family antique store. She lands an appraisal job for the Bouchard family collection but finds herself accused of theft when the decoys go missing. To save their family business and avoid a prison sentence, Edie teams up with her uncle and new employee to retrieve the stolen antiques.

LET’S NOT DO THAT AGAIN BY GRANT GINDER
After inheriting her late husband’s seat in the House of Representatives, Nancy Harriman is now running for Senate. Meanwhile, her two grown children have distanced themselves from her. Her son Nick is struggling to write a musical and her daughter Greta mindlessly goes through the motion every single day.

Much to Nancy’s dismay, Greta has somehow become involved with a protest in France, making headlines after throwing a bottle through a restaurant’s window. Desperate to salvage her campaign, Nancy sends Nick to find Greta and bring her home.

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