Thrillers Book Reviews (page 4)

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession's inescapable links to violence."
Desperate to find lives more fulfilling than her own, a lonely London commuter imagines the story of a couple she's only glimpsed through the train window in Hawkins' chilling, assured debut, in which the line between truth and lie constantly shifts like the rocking of a train. Read full book review >
TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An intriguing, textured mystery that perfectly layers humor, suspense and romance."
When Grace Elland finds her murdered boss's body, she comes to the attention of the police, a sexy new neighbor and an apparent stalker who seems linked to both this crime and a violent event from Grace's past. Read full book review >

DOING THE DEVIL'S WORK by Bill Loehfelm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This series just keeps getting better."
In the latest volume of Loehfelm's Maureen Coughlin series, the ambitious protagonist, now a rookie cop, tangles with some scary homegrown militia types called the Sovereign Citizens. Read full book review >
DIE AGAIN by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Mystery lovers not familiar with the author's work should brace themselves, because they might trip over a bucket of entrails. But they will also find a terrific storyteller."
A not-for-the-squeamish murder mystery set in both Boston and Botswana. Read full book review >
LAST DAYS IN SHANGHAI by Casey Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Though its observations about China's construction boom and the dismal state of American politics are as fresh as the morning news feed, Walker's novel also feels like a disquieting peek deep into the coming decades of global economic upheaval."
Slimy all-American graft oozes from beneath the economic aspirations of contemporary China in this witty, illuminating thriller. Read full book review >

IRÈNE by Pierre Lemaitre
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A book that no matter how fast the reader connects the dots still produces a bombshell that's both brilliant and diabolical."
Though this isn't the first of Lemaitre's books to be translated into English—that would be Alex (2013)—this was the first he wrote, and it introduces his unique and unforgettable police investigator, Commandant Camille Verhœven.Read full book review >
INTO A RAGING BLAZE by Andreas Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"There's plenty to like in this plausible and well-written tale."
An oddly named but engaging spy thriller translated from the Swedish. Read full book review >
FIVE MINUTES ALONE by Paul Cleave
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"'All of this killing has made him feel,' Carl's exhilarated to realize. Readers following him through this season of Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers will feel the whole gamut right along with him."
Think vigilante killers have it easy? Cleave offers a macabre, compelling demonstration of how Murphy's Law dogs the efforts of ex-cop Carl Schroder to give victims of violent crime the five minutes alone they crave with the criminals who've ruined their lives. Read full book review >
THE DELTA by Tony Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Don't expect damsels in distress in this novel. Do expect a thrill ride that won't disappoint."
A fast-moving thriller starring a female mercenary in a great setting, along with violence and a dollop of sex. Read full book review >
BROKEN MONSTERS by Lauren Beukes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Beukes gave us a time traveling serial killer in The Shining Girls, and the monsters in her latest tale, whether they're real or imagined, will keep you up all night."
A genuinely unsettling—in all the best ways—blend of suspense and the supernatural makes this a serial-killer tale like you've never seen. Read full book review >
GANGSTERLAND by Tod Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Clever plotting, a colorful cast of characters and priceless situations make this comedic crime novel an instant classic."
Targeted by both the feds and his bosses in the Chicago mob after messing up on the job, a prolific hit man hides out in Las Vegas as, of all things, a rabbi. Read full book review >
ONE KICK by Chelsea Cain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"An unsettling, near-perfect effort by Cain (Let Me Go, 2013, etc.) that leaves you eagerly awaiting the next installment."
Abducted by a child pornography ring when she was 6 and held captive for five years, Kick Lannigan, 21, has turned herself into a lean, mean fighting machine. When a boy named Adam is reported missing, she springs into action to save him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >