Most Anticipated Reads of Fall 2016


In true Halloween fashion, there are a ton of eerie books that are being released this fall! I, personally, couldn’t be more excited! I am a Halloween/scary story junkie! I did not include books being released that are part of a series or that are non-fiction. I’ve already decided to use September as my “catch-up” month so that I can finish my summer reading list, but as soon as October comes i’m jumping on this creepy book train!

I’ve given each title a PREDICTION RATING between 1-5 depending solely on the book’s Goodreads synopsis! Do you agree with my guess ratings? Let me know in the comments! You can read more about my rating system here.


A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby : Expected Publication September 27th, 2016

“IT’S LONDON 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, who has nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in the London Hospital…When the murders begin [The Elephant Man] and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares.” (Goodreads)

Prediction Rating: 3/5

Boy, 9, Missing by Nic Joseph : Expected Publication September 20th, 2016

“It should have been just a quiet evening with friends. But Francis lost his brother that night in what was ruled a tragic accident. He’s tried to move on in the last twenty-three years, even though his father certainly hasn’t. Indeed, his father still blames the lone witness, Sam, the nine-year-old son of friends… And now, twenty-three years later, Sam’s own nine-year-old son has disappeared.” (Goodreads)

Prediction Rating: 4/5

The Conjoined: A Novel by Jen Sookfong Lee: Expected Publication September 13th, 2016

“On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery — two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers. She remembers a pair of foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng — troubled, beautiful, and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver’s Chinatown. After six weeks, they disappeared; social workers, police officers, and Jessica herself assumed they had run away.” (Goodreads)

Prediction Rating: 5/5

Hey, Liberal!: A Novel by Shawn Shiflett: Expected Publication September 1st, 2016

“In this honest novel set in the racial tinderbox of Chicago in 1969, thirteen-year-old Simon Fleming, the white son of a civil rights activist minister, is sent to a predominately African American high school, feeling charged by his parents to carry out the family’s commitment to the community and school integration. Here, he is dropped into a world where gang warfare, drug abuse, and violence are rampant.” (Goodreads)

Prediction Rating: 4/5


Yesternight by Cat Winters: Expected Publication October 4th, 2016

“In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren…Seven-year-old Janie O’Daire is a mathematical genius. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they’re no more than the product of the girl’s vast imagination.  But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.” (Goodreads)

Prediction Rating: 3/5

Waiting for the Cyclone: Stories by Leesa Dean: Expected Publication October 4th, 2016

“Debbie, a seemingly perfect mother, shoots pharmaceuticals at night, and Donna lies to her family about volunteering in Afghanistan so she can para-sail in Turkey. There’s also Alison, who wakes up in bed with a tattooed Mexican man, instead of the less-interesting man who brought her on vacation (her husband). These women, and a dozen others, don’t need to be liked and are not compelled to make apologies. These women are perfectly imperfect.” (Goodreads)

Prediction Rating: 4/5

The People of the Broken Neck by Silas Dent Zobal: Expected Publication October 11th, 2016

“From the woods where he hides with his nearly grown son Clarke and his young daughter King, ex-Army Ranger Dominick Sawyer watches Agent Charlie Basin’s flashlight beam bounce on the walls inside his cabin. Dom’s wife is missing. His post-trauma hallucinations rip at him explosively and bring him to his knees. And a local deputy sheriff is dead. When the FBI agents recede into the night, the Sawyers begin to run, across the country in stolen trucks, leaving a trail of blood behind them.” (Goodreads)

Prediction Rating: 4/5


This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston: Expected Publication November 15th, 2016

“No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them. Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. Kate won’t let that happen.” (Goodreads)

Prediction Rating: 5/5

Aftermath by Clara Kensie: Expected Publication November 1st, 2016

“Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life–the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed.” (Goodreads)

Prediction Rating: 4/5

The Hermit by Thomas Rydahl, K.E. Semmel: Expected Publication November 8th, 2016

“A car is found crashed on a beach in the Canary Island resort of Fuerteventura. In the trunk is a cardboard box containing the body of a small boy — no one knows his name, and there is no trace of a driver. The last thing Fuerteventura needs is a murder. The island’s already got half-empty bars and windswept beaches, and the local police are under pressure to cut the investigation short. But long-time islander Erhard, who sees more than most people, won’t let the investigation drop — and he has nothing to lose.” (Goodreads)

Prediction Rating: 5/5



Author: Revitalized Reading by Danica

Working in a public library for three years has introduced me to some of the most interesting books and book related ideas! I am a creator, dreamer, and lover of all literature and i'm here to share my bookish ways with you!

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