The best new fiction serves up romance, mystery, social commentary and just plain fun. Get ready to lose yourself.

By Darcy Jacobs

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing  by Jen Waite

It sounds like the plot of a Lifetime movie—except it’s true. Jen realizes the man of her dreams (and father of her child) is an actual nightmare—a charming psychopath. A compulsive study of romance, deception and resilience.

Bluebird, Bluebird  by Attica Locke

A down-at-the-heels love-torn sheriff battles racial conflict in small-town East Texas. The murders of a black lawyer and a white woman reveal the festering underbelly of a community. Brooding, timely, gripping.

Final Girls  by Riley Sager

A twisty thriller that keeps you guessing whodunit. Quincy is one of the survivors of a serial killer—a rarefied group known as the Final Girls. Now someone may be trying to kill them (again), forcing Quincy to relive, flashback by flashback, the horrors of a life-altering night.

Hello, Sunshine  by Laura Dave

YouTube star Sunshine whipped up a little lie on the road to culinary celebrity. When her secret is revealed, she heads home to the not-so-welcoming embrace of her sister, Rain. Frothy fiction that keeps you coming back for more.

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

The author of Election and The Leftovers (among many others) turns his sly eye to female middle-agedom—as well as myopic young malehood—in today’s world of social media and shifting boundaries. Parenting, sexual politics and social norms are all delightfully explored in this very relevant, very probing and very engaging read.

The Address  by Fiona Davis

Davis’ second historical novel alternates between the 1880s and the 1980s and two interconnected protagonists. Lively and detail rich—set against the backdrop of NYC’s infamous Dakota building—with a thread of mystery that makes it easy to enjoy, hard to put down.

The Marriage Pact  by Michelle Richmond

Known for her atmospheric, character-driven novels, Richmond tries her hand at the thriller genre. “Till death do us part” takes on an entirely scary new meaning when newlyweds Jake and Alice join a cultish group whose shared mission is to uphold—at any cost—the sanctity of marriage.

Yesterday  by Felicia Yap

Memory is the ruling currency in this dystopian world. There are only two classes of people—those who retain one day of memories and those who retain two days’ worth—and “truth” is collective, based on everyone’s daily iDiaries. Suspenseful, thought-provoking and uniquely relevant as it explores the pliability of memory, fidelity and factuality.

Two You May Have Missed

These young-adult picks have no age restrictions.

The One Memory of Flora Banks, by Emily Barr, is an exquisite coming-of-age story with a twist: Teenage Flora can’t remember anything that has happened since she was 10. (Memory issues seem to be the “in” plot device!) One of Us Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus, is a delightful mashup of Breakfast Club–ish characters, murder and social media—and a delicious bonbon.

And Coming in November...

Heather, the Totality  by Matthew Weiner  The creator of Mad Men brings his keen eye and sharp characterizations to this spare, menacing story. Thwarted desires play out in a novella-esque family drama of obsession, class striving and extreme paternalism.