Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A BAD CHARACTER by Deepti Kapoor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2015

"Overfreighted with the angst of youth, this novel is at its most impressive in its impressionistic evocation of a dazzling, dangerous cityscape."
The meeting between a restless young woman and a manipulative, worldly man in Delhi ignites a volatile, ill-fated love story, delivered with histrionic touches by debut Indian writer Kapoor. Read full book review >
THE GROWN UPS by Robin Antalek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"The plot, like the protagonists themselves, wanders to adulthood in this middling coming-of-age tale."
Over a period of 15 years, a group of affluent teenagers grows up amid parental crises and misfortunes of their own making. Read full book review >

WOLF WINTER by Cecilia Ekbäck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This snapshot of life in a place where winter can be unspeakably cruel, where simply staying alive is a victory, proves irresistible."
Ekbäck takes readers on a journey to Swedish Lapland in 1717, a harsh and unforgiving place where the supernatural bleeds over into the difficult lives of the few settlers trying to make it through a hardscrabble winter. Read full book review >
MUNICH AIRPORT by Greg Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This novel is depressing too; the reader is trapped within the consciousness of the narrator just as the narrator is trapped within his life."
A grim parable of familial disconnect and purposeless existence set in a fog-bound German airport over one very long day. Read full book review >
WAR OF THE WIVES by Tamar Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"While the topic is certainly compelling, Cohen (The Broken, 2014, etc.) spends too much time examining convoluted plot threads and not enough time building convincing characters."
A man's secret lives are unveiled at his funeral, and his two shocked and grieving families are left to discover the truth from many years of lies. Read full book review >

THE SACRIFICE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Oates revives an old scandal without making it new."
A fictional account of the infamous Tawana Brawley case. Read full book review >
INSIDE A SILVER BOX by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Food for thought, if not entirely digestible."
After an African-American thug murders a white graduate student jogging in Central Park, the two team up to combat an alien menace in Mosley's (Rose Gold, 2014, etc.) latest science-fiction effort.Read full book review >
THE KINGS OF LONDON by William Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Shaw (She's Leaving Home, 2014) makes the gritty English capital come alive, and while the action is slow-burning, it's worth waiting for the inevitable explosion."
Corruption and deception run rampant in 1960s London as a detective struggles to balance a recent loss and a stalled homicide investigation. Read full book review >
THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Shannon's prose style is serviceable, but her legion of fans will once again be here for the propulsive plot rather than lyricism."
Paige Mahoney, the Pale Dreamer of TheBone Season (2013), returns in this second volume of a projected seven-volume fantasy/science-fiction epic.Read full book review >
RODIN'S LOVER by Heather Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An entertaining guide that will take readers in and out of the salons and studios of 19th-century Paris and introduce them to one of history's most tragic and unsung rebels."
Beautiful and tortured Camille Claudel wants nothing more than to be one of the greatest sculptors of all time—until she meets Auguste Rodin. Then she wants him, too. Read full book review >
GIRL BEFORE A MIRROR by Liza Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Palmer's fine wit is certainly on display, but all the straight talk about female empowerment and self-analysis feels heavy-handed and clichéd."
A Washington, D.C., ad executive tackles what appears to be the 21st-century woman's greatest challenge: learning to be happy with herself. Read full book review >
UNBECOMING by Rebecca Scherm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"More thrills and less ponderous thinking about thrills would have made this an impressive first novel. Instead, it's a decidedly mixed bag, taking too long to gather the momentum it needs to succeed as crime fiction and not quite making the cut as satisfying literary fiction, either."
The epilogue to Scherm's debut novel would have made a terrific short story, or a film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gayle Forman
author of I WAS HERE
January 27, 2015

In I Was Here, Gayle Forman’s latest novel after the release of the movie version of her novel If I Stay, Cody’s best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room and Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question. “An engrossing and provocative look at the devastating finality of suicide, survivor’s guilt, the complicated nature of responsibility and even the role of the Internet in life-and-death decisions,” our reviewer writes. We talk to Forman on January 27 on Kirkus TV. View video >