March’s Most-Anticipated Books

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Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming but we’ve rounded up ten of the buzziest books coming out this March—no matter what genre you’re interested in. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review!

A Novel Obsession by Caitlin Barasch

Caitlin Barasch’s debut novel features a New York City bookseller who becomes fixated on her boyfriend’s ex. What begins with the benign stalking of Rosemary’s Instagram page soon snowballs out of Naomi’s control. Determined to uncover what she and Rosemary have in common—beyond both working in the literary world and their respective relationships with Caleb—Naomi orchestrates becoming Rosemary’s friend. With each day that passes, Naomi spins another lie that could spell her own downfall.

Under Lock & Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian

Does this book look familiar? You may have spotted it on our must-read spring releases preview. The first in the Secret Staircase Mystery series, Under Lock & Skeleton Key finds Tempest wondering if the Raj family curse is real. She’s always dismissed it in the past, but an accident that leaves her stage double dead makes her fear the worst. But a curse can’t keep Tempest down and she’s determined to find out the truth.

Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey returns this month with a book that was one of the most requested by NetGalley members last year! This second book in the Bellinger Sisters series follows music-loving ​​Hannah, who needs help catching the attention of the coworker she’s crushing on. She asks her friend Fox, a renowned playboy, for tips and instead finds herself falling for him.

Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram’s latest YA novel takes a look at life in the limelight for a queer teen. Boy band star Hunter Drake should be celebrating his group’s first big North American tour. Instead, the record label ropes him into running damage control after sexts between him and his ex are leaked. The label is determined to transform him into a perfect queer role model, placing pressure on Hunter to decide what that ideal even means and whether or not he’s comfortable with it.

Sundial by Catriona Ward

Readers craving gothic horror with psychological twists won’t want to miss out on Catriona Ward’s latest. Rob believed she left the ghosts of her past behind her in the Mojave Desert. But when her daughter Callie’s strange behavior begins to evoke the past, Rob decides to drive them both back to her childhood home of Sundial to exorcise the demons that haunt her.

The White Girl by Tony Birch

Tony Birch, the award-winning Indigenous Australian author, makes his US debut with The White Girl. Set in the 1960s, the novel follows Odette Brown as she cares for the child her daughter abandoned. When a new officer arrives in town, determined to uphold a law that separates Indigenous children from their families, Odette must find a way to protect her family from being torn apart.

The Quarter Storm by Veronica G. Henry

Veronica G. Henry transports readers to New Orleans, where a killer is on the loose in this urban fantasy. Haitian-American Vodou priestess Mambo Reina Dumond realizes that vodouisant are being targeted when a ritualistic murder leads her ex, Detective Roman Frost, to arrest a fellow practitioner. To protect her community, she sets out to find the real killer.

Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron

Romance readers, prepare to lose your heart (and your shelf-control) over Farah Heron’s contemporary Emma retelling. When it comes to love, Kamila Hussain prefers the role of matchmaker. But her own neglected feelings begin to make themselves known when a rival returns to town and sets her eyes on Rohan Nasser, Kamila’s childhood friend. If we loved this premise less we’d be able to talk about it more!

A Thousand Steps into Night by Traci Chee

Traci Chee’s newest YA novel draws inspiration from Japanese mythology. Seventeen-year-old Miuko and her innkeeper father live in the realm of Awara, where mystical beings exist alongside humans. But their quiet life is turned upside down when Miuko is cursed and forced to journey across her land to break it or risk turning into a demon forever.

Girl in Ice by Erica Ferencik

Linguist Val Chesterfield suspects there’s more to her brother’s death than she’s been told, so when she’s invited to the expedition he was part of in the Arctic, she doesn’t hesitate. Officially, she’s there to attempt to communicate with the young girl who is miraculously alive after being frozen in ice. Unofficially, she’s looking for clues as to what her brother’s final days were like and who might have meant him harm.

Which March release are you most excited for?

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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