Cover The best new books to read in March 2022 (Art: Chesca Gamboa/Tatler Hong Kong)

From imaginative fantasy novels to exciting thrillers, here are the best new books to read in March

Happy March! This month is brimming with exciting new book releases across genres. There are a couple of fantasy novels such as the Japanese-inspired, A Thousand Steps Into Night which Studio Ghibli lovers will like and The Great Gatsby meets witches in Wild and Wicked Things.

For those looking for an exciting read, The Night Shift and Nine Lives will keep you at the edge of your seats. Epic love stories—whether romantically or for family—are in store in When We Were Birds and French Braid.

Want to know what else you can add to your reading list? Read on to find our top picks for this month.

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1. Gallant by V.E. Schwab

All her life, Olivia Prior has been in Merilance School for Girls. All she has of her past is her mother’s journal, which to her, doesn’t really make much sense.

Out of the blue, a letter arrives and invites Olivia to come back home to Gallant. When she arrives back home, everyone is surprised and hostile. But Olivia is determined to uncover the secrets hiding among her family, home and her past.

Release: March 1

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2. The Night Shift by Alex Finlay

It’s 1999, New Year’s Eve. Everyone’s ready to welcome a new year. But at a Blockbuster Video in New Jersey, four teenage girls working the night shift are attacked and only one survived. The police are able to identify a suspect but has never been captured or seen again.

Fifteen years later, in the same town, four teenage employees working the night shift at an ice cream store are attacked. Again, only one survived. In the aftermath, the lives of the survivor of the first massacre, the brother of the original suspect and the FBI agent intersect in order to find the killer.

Release: March 1

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3. A Thousand Steps Into Night by Traci Chee

A Thousand Steps Into Night is written by best-selling author and National Book Award finalist, Traci Chee which will surely appeal to Studio Ghibli lovers. The Japanese-inspired fantasy series takes place in the realm of Awara, where gods, monsters and humans exist in harmony. We follow Miuko, an innkeeper’s daughter. 

Awara is actually cursed and can transform into a demon who has a deadly touch. Desperate for answers and a cure, she embarks on a journey to reserve the curse in order to return to her normal life. With the help of a magpie spirit and demon prince, Miuko face tricksters, demon hunters and feral gods on her quest for freedom.

Release: March 1

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4. The Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers

This historical novel set in 1946 North Carolina follows Maddie Sykes, a young female seamstress who unwillingly uncovers dangerous truths about the big tobacco empire ruling Southern America.

Upon Maddie’s arrival in Bright Leaf, North Carolina—the tobacco capital of the South—she’s mesmerised. After years of living with food rations and shortages, Bright Leaf is a thriving wonderful promising her a bright future. But when a series of unexpected events put Maddie into the role of a lead dressmaker for the town’s most affluent women, she soon learns that the paradise she’s initially dazzled by isn’t quite what it seems.

Release: March 15

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5. Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

Nine Lives is the latest novel by thriller writer, Peter Swanson which tells the story of nine strangers who receive a cryptic list with their names on it and then, they begin to die mysteriously.

Initially, the nine strangers—who have no connection with each other—dismissed the list as a fluke until they start falling dead one by one. One of the people on the list is FBI agent, Jessica Winslow who is determined to find out the dark secret behind the list.

Release: March 15

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6. When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

This debut novel by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo is a love story set in Trinidad and Tobago. The women of St. Bernard have lived in Morne Marie for generations. One woman in each generation is responsible for guiding the city’s souls into the afterlife. Next in line is Yejide but she’s never up for it. When her mother, Patronella dies suddenly, Yejide is unprepared to fulfil her duty.

Over in the countryside, Darwin is bound by a religious commandant to never interact with the dead. But when his mother becomes sick, Darwin is forced to give up that one rule to abide by and work as the gravedigger. Bounded by death, Yejide and Darwin cross paths and found that their fates are intertwined.

Release: March 15

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7. Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou

Elaine Hsieh Chou’s debut novel follows a 29-year-old PhD student, Ingrid Yang who is desperate to finish her dissertation on the late poet, Xiao-Wen Chou. After four years of painstaking research, she accidentally finds a strange note in the Chou archives and believes she’s her ticket to freedom.

But unravelling the note’s message leads to a discovery that turns her entire life upside down. Together with her friend Eunice Kim, the two embark on a question of a lifetime.

Release: March 22

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8. French Braid by Anne Tyler

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Anne Tyler returns with French Braid, a deep dive into the Garretts family’s foibles. The family take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959.

Physically, they are always together, rarely leaving home but emotionally, they’ve always been further apart, with each member living in their own world. But as their lives move forward, the family realises that their influence on one another is actually more than they thought.

Release: March 22

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9. Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May

Wild and Wicked Things is a retelling of The Great Gatsby but with witches and sapphic lovers. Set on Crow Island where whispers and rumours of real magic are rampant but it doesn’t bother Annie Mason one bit.

Annie’s life turns upside down when a new enigmatic neighbour moves in. Emmeline Delacroix is a mysterious and alluring woman who is shadowed by rumours of witchcraft—a world that Annie is now drawn to.

Release: March 25

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