Inspired by an 18th-century murder case involving a milliner and her daughter, Purcell's slightly flawed novel expertly threads splashes of Grand Guignol violence with dark gothic atmosphere to make for a chilling and engrossing read. Read full book review >
Our Indie program curates the self-published segment of the industry to help consumers and industry influencers discover books they may otherwise never find. Learn More >
After being associated with editorial excellence for 80 years, Kirkus has developed a book editing division to offer unpublished and self-published authors access to the publishing industry's top editors. Learn More >
Our marketing campaigns include promotion in Kirkus Reviews magazine, on Kirkus.com and in our high-circulation email newsletter. Marketing services designed to get books discovered by consumers and industry influencers. Learn More >
"Kirkus' review of The Mill River Recluse played an important role in encouraging readers to take a chance on a first novel by an unknown author."
— Darcie Chan, independent author of The Mill River Recluse, which sold more than 500,000 copies (Read more about Darcie's success in the Wall Street Journal.)
"Kirkus' advertising package helped me draw additional attention to my books. In August, 2012, Identity Films, Hollywood, optioned The Gaia Wars series for film."
—Kenneth Bennett, author of The Gaia Wars (Read more about Kenneth's deal in Variety)
“The endorsement gave consumers a meaningful recommendation that they could trust.”
—Guy Kawasaki, bestselling author of 10 books, including Enchantment and The Art of the Start, as well as the self-publishing guide APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur
”Thanks to Kirkus’ review, we have seen a dramatic surge in sales and an increase in both bookstore and publisher interest. Kirkus' reputation as a credible, unbiased reviewer has made all the difference. This has been the best investment we have made.”
—Janet and Ed Howle, authors of The Long Road to Paris
Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been an authoritative voice in book discovery for more than 85 years. Kirkus Reviews magazine gives industry professionals a sneak peek at the most notable books being published weeks before they’re released. Kirkus serves the book reviews to consumers in a weekly email newsletter and on Kirkus.com, giving readers unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust.
Kirkus also has a full suite of author services, including Kirkus Indie, a book review service for self-publishers, Kirkus Editorial, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, and Kirkus Marketing, services that help authors get discovered by consumers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives.
The Kirkus Star is one of the most prestigious designations in the book industry. Look for the icon to discover books of exceptional merit.