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Here at Audible we have been so impressed by the astonishing debuts that have been released so far this year that we have done a round up of the best, from thrilling new crime titles to the literary debutantes creating a buzz.

Discover the books that have been making waves in the past few months as well as the upcoming releases that we are already pre-ordering in anticipation. The Nix by Nathan Hill has undoubtedly been one of the most breathtaking debuts of 2017 so far while we are excitedly awaiting the imminent release of Gemma Cairney's incredibly insightful yet accessible Open on 9th March.

Browse below by both past releases of 2017 by genre and the upcoming titles which are available to pre-order now.

Click the links below to browse the brilliant debuts already released in 2017 by genre

Crime & Thriller debuts

  • Deep Down Dead: Lori Anderson, Book 1
    by Steph Broadribb
    Narrated by Jennifer Woodward
    4.10 (10 ratings)
    Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who has leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck.
  • Little Deaths
    by Emma Flint
    Narrated by Lauren Fortgang, Graham Halstead
    3.90 (90 ratings)
    It's the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York, shimmer in a heat wave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. Noting Ruth's perfectly made-up face and provocative clothing, the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation.
  • What You Don't Know
    by JoAnn Chaney
    Narrated by Christina Delain
    3.00 (7 ratings)
    Seven years ago Detective Paul Hoskins and his larger-than-life partner solved one of the biggest serial killer cases of the decade. They dug up 33 bodies in a crawlspace belonging to the beloved Jacky Seever, a pillar of the community and a successful businessman. Sammie Peterson was the lead reporter on the case. Her byline was on the front page of the newspaper every day. Seever's wife, Gloria, claimed to be as surprised as everyone else. But when you get that close to a killer, can you really just move on?
  • The Girl Before
    by JP Delaney
    Narrated by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
    4.30 (3516 ratings)
    Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.
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  • The Dry
    by Jane Harper
    Narrated by Stephen Shanahan
    4.50 (233 ratings)
    I just can't understand how someone like him could do something like that. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.
  • The Watcher
    by Ross Armstrong
    Narrated by Catherine Steadman
    3.70 (90 ratings)
    Lily Gullick lives with her husband, Aiden, in a new-build flat opposite an estate which has been marked for demolition. A keen bird-watcher, she can't help spying on her neighbours. Until one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars, and soon her elderly neighbour, Jean, is found dead. Lily, intrigued by the social divide in her local area as it becomes increasingly gentrified, knows that she has to act. But her interference is not going unnoticed, and as she starts to get close to the truth, her own life comes under threat.
  • Rattle
    by Fiona Cummings
    Narrated by Karen Cass
    4.10 (31 ratings)
    He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he's just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family's macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection. Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs. What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey's father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.
  • Perfect Remains: A DI Callanach Thriller
    by Helen Fields
    Narrated by Angus King
    4.40 (154 ratings)
    On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness. Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine's missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he's eager to prove himself to his new team.
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  • Eyes Like Mine
    by Sheena Kamal
    Narrated by Laurel Lefkow
    4.30 (4 ratings)
    Fifteen years ago Nora Watts gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. Now Bonnie has vanished, and when the police don't seem to care, her desperate parents turn to Nora as a last resort. Nora knows only too well what happens to missing girls, especially when they aren't blonde or white enough. Despite herself, she sets out to find the daughter she's never known protected only by her instincts and a freakish ability to detect truth from lies.
  • Tall Oaks
    by Chris Whitaker
    Narrated by Jeff Harding
    4.50 (8 ratings)
    When three-year-old Harry goes missing, the whole of America turns its attention to one small town. Everyone is eager to help. Everyone is a suspect. Desperate mother Jess' grief is driving her to extreme measures. Newcomer Jared, with an easy charm and a string of broken hearts in his wake is also a suspect. Photographer Jerry is a suspect who is determined to break away from his controlling mother once and for all. And investigating them all is a police chief with a hidden obsession of his own....
  • The Possessions
    by Sara Flannery Murphy
    Narrated by Erin Moon
    3.80 (6 ratings)
    For five years Edie has worked for the Elysian Society, a secretive organisation that provides a very specialised service: its clients come to reconnect with their dead loved ones by channelling them through living 'Bodies'. Edie is one such Body, perhaps the best in the team, renowned for her professionalism and discretion. But everything changes when Patrick, a distraught husband, comes to look for traces of his drowned wife in Edie....
  • The Fighting Season
    by Bram Connolly
    Narrated by Nick Farnell
    4.00 (2 ratings)
    Outside the wire, Uruzghan Province, Afghanistan, 2010.... In the badlands of central Afghanistan, an Australian Special Forces platoon is fatally hit by a roadside bomb. A shadowy Taliban commander, codenamed 'Rapier', is identified as responsible for the deadly attack. Matt Rix, the ultra-tough commando who led the ambushed platoon, swears vengeance. Rix is one of Special Forces' most lethal operators. He'll neutralise Rapier - whatever it takes. But in Afghanistan's brutal war, not all things are as they seem.
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  • Good Me Bad Me
    by Ali Land
    Narrated by Hannah Murray
    4.30 (231 ratings)
    Annie's mother is a serial killer. The only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. The secrets of her past won't let her sleep, even with a new family and name - Milly. A fresh start. Now surely she can be whomever she wants to be. But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water....
  • Sirens
    by Joseph Knox
    Narrated by Lewys Taylor
    3.90 (70 ratings)
    Isabelle Rossiter has run away again. When Aidan Waits, a troubled junior detective, is summoned to her father's penthouse home, he finds a manipulative man with powerful friends. But retracing Isabelle's steps through a dark, nocturnal world, Waits finds something else: an intelligent 17-year-old girl who's scared to death of something. As he investigates her story and the unsolved disappearance of a young woman just like her, he realizes Isabelle was right to run away.
  • The Book of Mirrors
    by E. O. Chirovici
    Narrated by Corey Brill, Jonathan Todd Ross, Pete Simonelli, George Newbern
    3.60 (10 ratings)
    The one audiobook you won't forget in 2017. A gripping psychological thriller full of hidden fragments and dark reflections. How would you piece together a murder? Do you trust other people's memories? Do you trust your own? Should you? Princeton, 1987: renowned psychologist Professor Joseph Weider is brutally murdered. New York, 25 years later: literary agent Peter Katz receives a manuscript. Or is it a confession?
  • My Sister's Bones
    by Nuala Ellwood
    Narrated by Imogen Church, Sally Scott
    4.20 (15 ratings)
    Kate Rafter is a successful war reporter. She's the strong one. The one who escaped Herne Bay and the memories it holds. Her sister Sally didn't. Instead she drinks. But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return to the old family home. And on her first night, she is woken by a terrifying scream. What secret has Kate stumbled upon? And is she strong enough to uncover the truth...and make it out alive?

Clips from a selection of our editors' picks

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel