Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

THIS IS THE WATER by Yannick Murphy
Released: July 29, 2014

"Murphy sometimes recalls the exurban tribulations and titillations of Peter De Vries—albeit without all the puns—in a different sort of murder yarn that boasts twists in both the style and the plot."
An offbeat thriller sets a serial killer loose among young swimmers in New England and tests the reader's tolerance for textual quirks. Read full book review >
THE GOOD GIRL by Mary Kubica
Released: July 29, 2014

"The proliferation of older characters like Eve will be a pleasant and unexpected find for the many readers who understand that life over 55 can still be interesting."
Kubica's psychological thriller centers on the abduction of a young teacher. Read full book review >

THE WOLF by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Released: July 29, 2014

"Things blow up early and often in Carcaterra's new thriller, but it's too simple-minded to be much fun."
After a terrorist attack on a plane kills his wife and two daughters, mob superboss Vincent "The Wolf" Marelli unleashes a plot against terrorist networks with the support of crime syndicates from around the globe. Read full book review >
Bodies on the Potomac by Daniel O'Neil
Released: July 29, 2014

"An unsubtle work of political suspense."
A debut political thriller about a Russian plot to take over the United States.Taylor Clark is a former special operative for the United States government who's now trying to live a quiet life with his girlfriend, Carmen, and his Labrador retriever, Duchess. Read full book review >
Released: July 29, 2014

"Pell writes with a sure, confident hand, the flame of the first page making it almost till the end."
Murder, blackmail and corporate greed give a newly promoted Scotland Yard chief inspector a run for his money in his first case in this investigative thriller where inaction is sometimes the best action. Read full book review >

THE VIPERS OF ISLAM by Douglas Vigil
Released: July 26, 2014

"Full-tilt action in a refreshingly atypical story structure that will satisfy genre fans."
In Vigil's debut action-thriller, a CIA agent tracks an Indonesian jihadist leader who's plotting a terrorist attack soon after 9/11.The CIA assigns agent Jack Thompson, under the alias David Fulton, to Bali to search for Ali Selamat Bashari, leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, a group allied with al-Qaida. Read full book review >
PROTOTYPE by M.D. Waters
Released: July 24, 2014

"A good run at constructing an out-of-the-ordinary romance that never quite succeeds."
The sequel to Waters' dystopian Archetype (2014) is set in a world where women are in scarce supply and cloning has a creepy, but increasingly important, role in society. Read full book review >
Released: July 23, 2014

"A truly instructive debut characterized by heart, wit and restraint."
A debut crime thriller in which a forensic scientist is found murdered in England's enormous Brookwood Cemetery. Read full book review >
Released: July 22, 2014

"It's by-the-numbers stuff, with the requisite villainy, continent-hopping, décolletage, neat tools and cliffhangers. But, of course, that's just what Clancy's fans read him for, and Greaney carries on that entertaining tradition seamlessly."
Another timely, techno-geeky thriller from the Tom Clancy franchise. Read full book review >
THE DISCRETIONIST by Lance Hawvermale
Released: July 16, 2014

"Luckily, Hawvermale (The Tongue Merchant, 2008), balancing suspense with character study, includes enough pauses between the adrenaline-pumping scenes to give his leads the time they need to grow."
A Las Vegas chauffeur's well-regulated life veers off track when he makes a dangerous enemy. Read full book review >
DAYS OF RAGE by Brad Taylor
Released: July 15, 2014

"A fun, satisfying adventure."
A Pike Logan thriller filled with heart-thumping action and insane heroics. Read full book review >
CUT AND THRUST by Stuart Woods
Released: July 15, 2014

"The political convention as family reunion, with lots of drama, no sustained plot and all the regulars acting pretty much as you'd expect."
First lady Katharine Rule Lee's quest for the Democratic nomination to succeed her husband unleashes all sorts of mostly unrelated complications for the mostly familiar cast. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Lauren Oliver
author of ROOMS
September 29, 2014

Lauren Oliver is known for her best-selling young adult novels (including the Delirium trilogy) but her new novel Rooms is her first written for adults. We ask her about making the transition, finding new readers, and writing a ghost story. Rooms actually has two story lines that nicely collide: First, a ghost story in which the ghosts can’t leave the house but don’t know why. Second, an estranged family story in which the ex-husband dies, leaving his alcoholic ex-wife, angry daughter and disaffected teen son to clean out their former home, not knowing that it's haunted. We go ghost-hunting with Lauren Oliver this week at Kirkus TV. View video >