Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes, The Haunting of Las Lagrimas by W.M. Cleese, & The Great Witch of Brittany by Louisa Morgan

Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 
Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes
Publication: February 8th, 2022
Tor Nightfire
Hardcover. 352 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |


Claire Kovalik is days away from being unemployed—made obsolete—when her beacon repair crew picks up a strange distress signal. With nothing to lose and no desire to return to Earth, Claire and her team decide to investigate. 

What they find at the other end of the signal is a shock: the Aurora, a famous luxury space-liner that vanished on its maiden tour of the solar system more than twenty years ago. A salvage claim like this could set Claire and her crew up for life. But a quick trip through the Aurora reveals something isn’t right. 

Whispers in the dark. Flickers of movement. Words scrawled in blood. Claire must fight to hold onto her sanity and find out what really happened on the Aurora, before she and her crew meet the same ghastly fate."
Everything about this book sounds absolutely perfect for me. Space horror is one of my favorite niche subgenres, and the "ultimate haunted house story, in space" blurb from Alma Katsu just grabs me even more. So excited for this one!

The Haunting of Las Lágrimas by W.M. Cleese
Publication: February 22nd, 2022
Paperback. 384 pages.
Pre-order: Book Depository

"Argentina, winter 1913. 

Ursula Kelp, a young English gardener, travels to Buenos Aires to take up the role of head gardener at a long-abandoned estate in the Pampas. The current owner wishes to return to the estate with his family and restore the once-famous gardens to their former glory. 

Travelling deep into the Pampas, the vast grasslands of South America, Ursula arrives to warnings from the locals that the estate is haunted, cursed to bring tragedy to the founding family of Las Lágrimas. And soon Ursula believes that her loneliness is making her imagine things – the sound of footsteps outside her bedroom door, the touch of hands on her shoulders when there’s no one there. Most strangely of all, she keeps hearing the frenzied sound of a man chopping down trees in the nearby forest with an axe, when all her staff are in sight. 

As the strange occurrences intensify – with tragic consequences – Ursula questions if there’s truth in the rumours about the cursed estate. The family’s return is imminent – are they in danger? And the longer Ursula stays at the estate, the more she realises that she too is in mortal danger."
I realized as I was putting this post together that I think this is a UK/AU (?) only release as of now, so I don't know how easy it is to get a hold of, but... does this not sound amazing? I love a haunted estate, the historical setting, and the gardening/nature elements that seem to be involved. Hopefully I can get my hands on this one somehow!

The Great Witch of Brittany by Louisa Morgan
Publication: February 15th, 2022
Hardcover. 400 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

"Return to the world of A Secret History of Witches with the bewitching tale of Ursule Orchiere and her discovery of magical abilities that will not only change the course of her life but every generation that comes after her. 

Brittany, 1741 

There hasn’t been a witch born in the Orchière clan for generations. According to the elders, that line is dead, leaving the clan vulnerable to the whims of superstitious villagers and the prejudices of fearmongering bishops. 

Ursule Orchière has been raised on stories of the great witches of the past. But the only magic she knows is the false spells her mother weaves over the gullible women who visit their fortune-telling caravan. Everything changes when Ursule comes of age and a spark of power flares to life. Thrilled to be chosen, she has no idea how magic will twist and shape her future. 

Guided by the whispers of her ancestors and an ancient grimoire, Ursule is destined to walk the same path as the great witches of old. But first, the Orchière magical lineage must survive. And danger hovers over her, whether it’s the bloodlust of the mob or the flames of the pyre."
I have loved every one of Louisa Morgan's wonderful witchy stories, and I have a feeling this one will be no exception!

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?


  1. Great selections this week! I hope to start Dead Silence soon, and I'm super excited for The Great Witch of Brittany:-)

  2. Dead Silence sounds awesome, definitely adding that one to my TBR!

  3. I can't WAIT for Dead Silence.

  4. Dead Silence might the book I'm most excited for this year! Hope you enjoy it!!

  5. These all sound really good. Enjoy!