Debut Books

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There is something inherently risky in choosing to read a debut. Unlike the familiar, “security blanket”-like feel provided by our favorite authors, debuts are unprecedented and thus unpredictable. Yet discovering an outstanding book by a new writer can be like striking gold.

The following are just a handful of books written by stellar new authors you should keep on your radar:

I Let You Go

After a tragic accident kills five-year-old Jacob, Jenna Gray moves to a remote Welsh coast in an attempt to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. Despite the title, this book will not let you go – from the initial twist until the very last page.

The Girls

How can so many young women get caught up in the lure of cults? This novel examines the commune counter-culture of 1960s California.

The Last One: A Novel

When twelve reality show contestants are thrown into a high-stakes survival game deep in the woods of New England, it can be hard to determine what is real and what isn’t… Highly recommended for post-apocalypse fans.

Lily and the Octopus

Touted as being a cross between The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Life of Pi, this charming book about man’s best friend will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.