The best books of 2023 (so far!)

Looking for a new novel to read this year? Whether you’re after a cosy romance or a whirlwind thriller, there are plenty of fiction books fresh off the press that are worthy of a read this year! Here are the best books of 2023 to add to your TBR list.

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Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor


AGE OF VICE x Deepti Kapoor DiversaTea: South Asian Genre: Thriller Published: January 3, 2023 Length: 560 pages; 19hrs 28mins SYNOPSIS This is the age of vice, where money, pleasure, and power are everything, and the family ties that bind can also kill. New Delhi, 3 a.m. A speeding Mercedes jumps the curb and in the blink of an eye, five people are dead. It’s a rich man’s car, but when the dust settles there is no rich man at all, just a shell-shocked servant who cannot explain the strange series of events that led to this crime. Nor can he foresee the dark drama that is about to unfold. Deftly shifting through time and perspective in contemporary India, Age of Vice is an epic, action-packed story propelled by the seductive wealth, startling corruption, and bloodthirsty violence of the Wadia family—loved by some, loathed by others, feared by all. In the shadow of lavish estates, extravagant parties, predatory business deals and calculated political influence, three lives become dangerously intertwined: Ajay is the watchful servant, born into poverty, who rises through the family’s ranks. Sunny is the playboy heir who dreams of outshining his father, whatever the cost. And Neda is the curious journalist caught between morality and desire. Against a sweeping plot fueled by loss, pleasure, greed, yearning, violence and revenge, will these characters’ connections become a path to escape, or a trigger of further destruction? Equal parts crime thriller and family saga, transporting listeners from the dusty villages of Uttar Pradesh to the urban energy of New Delhi, Age of Vice is an intoxicating novel of gangsters and lovers, false friendships, forbidden romance, and the consequences of corruption. It is binge-worthy entertainment at its literary best. Follow @iamcaseyrkelley on TikTok and IG for more 📕 reviews #blackbookoftheday #blackbooktok #booktok #bookrecommendations #foryou #fyp #HolidayOREOke #diversebooks #diversetiktok

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Release date: 3 Jan, 2023

A crime, romance and action story rolled into one, Deepti Kapoor’s Age of Vice is the perfect novel if you’re looking for something to keep you hooked and entertained.

Set in India, Age of Vice starts off strong, when a wealthy Indian man swerves off the road in New Delhi, killing five innocent bystanders. Instead of staying behind to face the music, the driver flees, leaving his lowly staff member at the scene.

Following the stories of the hard-partying heir, the heir’s servant and an earnest journalist in a deadly relationship, Age of Vice has everything you’d ever want in a book!

Maame by Jessica George

Release date: 31 Jan, 2023

Funny, poignant, and relatable, this refreshing tale follows main character Maddie, a 20-something Londoner trying to navigate through adulthood and all its challenges.

Caring for her ill father and with a nonexistent social and love life, Maddie feels stuck in an unfulfilling life. When Maddie’s self-absorbed mother travels from Ghana to spend a year back home in London, Maddie leaps at the chance to escape and make the most of her life.

Maame follows themes of womanhood, family, race and discrimination, making it one of the best books of 2023. If you’re looking for a tale of self-discovery and growth, give Maame a try.

Homecoming by Kate Morton


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Release date: 4 April, 2023

From bestselling author Kate Morton, Homecoming is a crime story worth reading. Homecoming is centred around struggling journalist Jess, who returns to Sydney from London to look after her ill grandmother.

After discovering an old book detailing the police investigation into a brutal murder back in 1959, Jess uncovers an unsettling connection between the horrifying slaying and her family. Could Jess’s family be behind the killing? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena

Release date: 25 July, 2023

Did someone ask for a twist-filled domestic thriller? Well, you’re in luck! Shari Lapena’s Everyone Here Is Lying is the perfect book for those who love a good surprise twist.

The book focuses on the tight-knit Stanhope neighbourhood where residents boast about their wonderful town. But all is not as it seems in this place, as, well… everyone here is lying.

A 9-year-old girl goes missing, resulting in neighbours stepping forward one by one to share what they know, including their very own dark secrets.

The Three of Us by Ore Agbaje-Williams


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Release date: 11 May, 2023

The Three of US by Agbaje-Williams is a three-sided story about the long-standing tension between a husband, his wife and her best friend. When the wife invites her best friend over for a relaxing girl’s day in, all hell breaks loose as soon as the husband comes home from work.

The story is cleverly told in three parts, from each character’s point of view, highlighting cultural truths, compromise and betrayal. With each part as compelling as the next, you’ll see how each character envisions themself and watch as they begin to slowly unravel, throwing everyone’s integrity into question.

Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling

Release date: 30 March 2023

Set in a dystopian future where a climate disaster has ravaged the world, Camp Zero tells a tale of survival, discussing themes of gender inequality, environmental destruction and self-recreation.

The rich have fled to safety, living in settlements of floating cities off the coast, while those on the mainland struggle to survive. Rose, a sex worker, is hired to spy on Camp Zero, a secretive new camp in the far north of Canada, in exchange for secure housing for her mother.

Once Rose infiltrates camp and secures the trust of her target, she discovers that she’s not the only one with a hidden agenda and nothing is quite as it seems.

Camp Zero is one of the best books of 2023 for those looking for a tense, mysterious science fiction!

What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jimenez


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Release date: 7 March, 2023

If you’re after a light-hearted mystery mixed with family drama, Claire Jimenez’s What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez is for you.

The story begins with the disappearance of Ruthy Ramirez; the 13-year-old red-headed Puerto Rican girl went to track practice and never returned, leaving the Ramirez family in tatters.

12 years later, when the two remaining Ramirez sisters sit down to watch a reality tv show, they can’t help but notice one of the contestants looks oddly familiar. Is it long-lost Ruthy? You’ll have to give this book a read to find out!

Now You See Us by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Release date: 7 March, 2023

Now You See Us is the story of three very different Filipina domestic workers in Singapore who are shocked into action when they hear news of another domestic worker’s charge of murdering her employer.

Corazon, Donita and Angel are housekeepers and caregivers working in the homes of Singapore’s elite, silently watching the comings and goings of the filthy rich. When they see that a fellow immigrant maid has been accused and charged with murdering her employer, the three team up to solve the mystery.

Every worker knows stories of women who were scapegoated for crimes they didn’t commit, with some even being executed for their accused crimes, so it’s up to the three hard-working women to solve the crime and unmask the real perpetrator before it’s too late.

River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer


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Release date: 19 January 2023

River Sing Me Home is a historical fiction that shows just how hard a mother will fight for her children.

This heart-wrenching tale is set in Barbados in 1834, right when the Emancipation Act of 1834 comes into effect. A plantation owner announces that his slaves are ‘free’, however they must now work for him as unpaid apprentices for another six years, making their so-called freedom irrelevant.

In light of the new situation, Rachel decides to run. She’s had five children taken from her and sold, and she won’t rest until she finds out what happened to her babies. This is the story of the extraordinary lengths a mother will go to find her children and her freedom.

A Death at the Party by Amy Stuart

Release date: 7 March, 2023

Fellow wannabe detectives, unite! Amy Stuart’s A Death at the Party is one of the best books of 2023 for mystery lovers. Likened to an Agatha Christie novel mixed with a sprinkling of White Lotus, this fast-paced whodunit will have you spiraling down a rabbit hole as the plot unfolds.

The plot follows Nadine, as she discovers a body in the basement during her neighbourhood garden party. The book then quickly shoots back in time to before the killing, leaving you to work out who both the victim and the murderer are.

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