Fiction We’re Looking Forward to Reading in 2022

2022 reading list

Can you believe 2022 is nearly upon us? We’re gearing up for some great fiction in the upcoming year and we’re sharing a sneak peek at some of the books we are particularly excited about. From a mother of a murderer, a mute girl frozen in ice, to a ‘golden couple,’ a ‘younger wife’ and ‘reckless girls,’ we’ve got you covered if you’re looking for adventure, excitement and mystery in your 2022 reading list. Read on and don’t forget to pre-order your favorites!

RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins

Add one island, six twenty-something friends and countless secrets and what do you get? A whole lot of reckless girls! Six travelers seek out Meroe Island for a vacation that no one will forget. But there are rumors about this island – talk of cannibalism and murder. When one traveler dies and another goes missing, the four remaining friends fear that they might be in for more than they expected in this adventure of a lifetime.

THE GOOD SON by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Thea’s son is home from prison, after having served a three-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend. Stefan, who was strung out on drugs, remembers nothing about that night, and now he’s dealing with his own guilt over his crime and the growing anger of the community. How does a mother’s unconditional love continue when her son has committed the most horrible crime?

THE ONES WE KEEP by Bobbie Jean Huff

When Olivia is out on a hike one afternoon while on a family vacation, she gets word from a passerby that one of her three sons has drowned. Not knowing which son has died, and reeling from grief and shock, she panics and leaves the rest of her family to deal with the immense loss. Olivia detaches from her old life, creating a new one for herself, but time, the bonds of love and the endurance of family will bring everyone back together in a life-changing meeting three decades later.


Eleven-year-old KB’s father has just died and her mother has sent her and her sister to live with their estranged grandfather in the sweltering summer in Detroit. The girls must navigate their new lives – one with a grumpy, quiet grandfather and no parents. KB feels abandoned and lonely, and her sister is pulling away now. How can she turn her world back upside right when everything feels upside down?

BASE NOTES by Lara Elena Donnelly

Vic Fowler is a perfumer who creates scents that can evoke memories, but the trouble is that murder is involved in order to extract the essence for the perfume. When a former client offers Vic a deal to grow the dangerous business in exchange for a very special concoction, boundaries are blurred. Vic must decide what is most important, and who might be sacrificed in the name of art. 

THE YOUNGER WIFE by Sally Hepworth

Love domestic suspense and books about the secrets families keep? Check out The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth. Stephen is looking forward to getting remarried but there are a couple of things standing in the way – his first wife, who is in a facility with dementia, and his adult daughters who don’t want him to remarry. Sisters Tully and Rachel think Heather is a gold digger looking for a sugar daddy and they are bound and determined to stop their father from marrying her. While their mother cannot speak for herself, and family secrets buried deep, will Tully and Rachel be able to stop ‘the younger wife’ from closing in?

GIRL IN ICE by Erica Ferencik

In the mood for a book that’s filled with adventure and mystery? Girl in Ice is the story about Val, a successful linguist who travels to a remote island off Greenland’s coast after she gets news of her brother’s suicide. But there’s more to the mystery, including a frozen girl who was recently discovered and thawed out who speaks a language no one can understand. It’s up to Val to figure out what the girl is trying to say, and whether or not her brother died by his own hand or by accident.

THE GOLDEN COUPLE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The domestic suspense duo of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is back with another thriller in The Golden Couple. When Marissa and Mathew’s marriage is marred by infidelity, they enlist the help of Avery Chambers. Avery is a well-known therapist who lost her license for utilizing a controversial method of treatment she claims is guaranteed to work within 10 sessions. When Marissa and Mathew walk through Avery’s door, there will be more to worry about than just infidelity issues.  


Maddie has just settled down in Bright Leaf, North Carolina, AKA the tobacco capital of the South. She’s excited to work with her aunt in her sewing business and soon becomes enthralled by the wives of her aunt’s clientele – women who are married to the tobacco big-wigs. When the wives are struck with some serious health problems, Maddie wants to believe it’s only a coincidence – until she stumbles on some important evidence to prove otherwise. Should she report what she knows, or keep quiet in a town where everyone relies on Big Tobacco

This roundup was assembled by Stephanie Elliot 

Stephanie Elliot is the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She writes about parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. An editor and advocate for authors, she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her family. For more info, visit or

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