5 Hot New Titles for August 2019

Check out these five popular adult titles that hit the shelves in August. To see more titles, including new titles in popular series, check out the booklist New August '19 Books You'll Want to Read and our new titles page.

Find out what happens after The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware's highly anticipated fifth novel.

Rowan Caine acquires a live-in nannying post with a generous salary and a picture-perfect family at Heatherbrae House, a luxurious "smart home" fitted out with modern conveniences. But, there are things in the house that just don't feel right. The constant surveillance from cameras is unsettling . . . and the continuing malfunctioning technology of the amenities is disturbing enough. Then Rowan finds herself alone at Heatherbrae for weeks at a time, apart from the children - who misbehave frequently - and the creepy handyman, Jack Grant. She has stepped into an unexpected nightmare - one that will end with a child dead and herself on trial for murder.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, is everything you want in a summer read: fun, clever, and sexy.

Rhiannon Hunter revolutionized romance in the digital world with her dating app. But, in reality, Rhi has a few key rules to her own dating life: Nude pics by invitation only, if someone stands you up - block them ruthlessly, and always protect your heart. Only these rules don't apply to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and sweet hunk woos her one magical night . . . then disappears. After thinking she's buried her hurt over Samson, he suddenly surfaces months later in league with a business rival. He promises he won't ruin their second chance, but Rhi is wary. Can they achieve more than a physical relationship and merge their hearts, too?

Among the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide in Inland by Téa Obreht.

Nora Lark is a frontierswoman living alone in the Arizona Territory, waiting for her husband Emmett to return from a journey in search of water during a time of drought. Meanwhile, her older sons take charge of their father's newspaper business, and Nora bides her time running the ranch and taking care of the household: her youngest son Toby, Emmett's teenage cousin Josie, and his frail mother Evelyn. Over a day and a half, Nora struggles with Toby's visions of a so-called beast stalking their land, Josie's communion with the dead, and her older sons' unknown fate after a violent confrontation. Not to mention Emmett still hasn't returned. Running parallel to Nora's story is the Balkans-born outlaw Lurie Mattie, who has been making his way west for the past 40 years. How he ends up in Nora's life is an unusual absorbing tale.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child bring the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party to life with a thrilling blend of archaeology and murder in Old Bones.

Dr. Nora Kelly (Thunderhead, Cemetery Dance) is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: he wants her to lead a team in search of the "Lost Camp" of the tragic Donner Party, a group of pioneers who became snowbound in the California mountains in 1847 and resorted to cannibalism to survive. Benton has stumbled across a diary of one of the victims, which has apparent directions to the Lost Camp. But once in the mountains, Nora and her team learn that discovering the camp is only the first step on a journey of fear. As ancient horrors lead to escalating present-day violence, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned to the case. And as the truth is exposed, a far more shocking revelation comes to light.

Things You Save in A Fire by Katherine Center is a heartfelt novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage.

Cassie Hanwell is one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse. She's excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies, but, when her estranged mother asks her to move to Boston, it's an emergency Cassie never anticipated. Her new firehouse is tough and old-school, very different from Cassie's firehouse in Texas. The firemen are not thrilled to have a "lady" on the crew except for the handsome rookie who doesn't seem to mind having Cassie around. But, remembering the advice her old captain gave her, she can't date another firefighter. Will she jeopardize her career - where she's worked so hard to be taken seriously - for love?