BESTSELLERS

PIRANHA by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: SKIP IT
THRILLERS
Released: May 26, 2015
One-dimensional characters but standard Cussler and Co. multidimensional action. Read full book review >
RADIANT ANGEL by Nelson DeMille

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015
Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action. Read full book review >

OFF THE PAGE by Jodi Picoult
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015
Though it lacks the depth of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series, the story is at its best when it's taken as a metafictive exploration of the relationship between a reader and a beloved book. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
ELON MUSK by Ashlee Vance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015
Despite Vance's best efforts, Musk comes off as another megalomaniacal hypercapitalist whose stock in trade is luxury goods and services for luxury clients. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S KICKBACK by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015
The ritualistic series of face-offs will be red meat for franchise fans, and it's great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life, even though his rescue of Dillon predictably fails to put much of a dent in even little Blackburn's prison-for-profit scheme. Read full book review >

THE SCARLET GOSPELS by Clive Barker

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015
Perhaps not the best jumping-on point into Barker's twisted universe, but a fun, gory roller-coaster ride for horror fans and a worthy ending for an iconic villain. Read full book review >
BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015
A perfect fit for the romance lover's beach bag. Read full book review >
SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015
Meanwhile, all those exploding planetoids make a good argument for more STEM funding. Wise, witty, utterly well-crafted science fiction. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015
This is Ellis' ninth consecutive history of the Revolutionary War era and yet another winner. Read full book review >
HOLD STILL by Sally Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015
Generously illustrated, Mann's memoir is testimony to photography's power to evoke tender, lucent portraits of the past. Read full book review >
A LUCKY LIFE INTERRUPTED by Tom Brokaw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015
Brokaw's account lacks the depth and fire of Christopher Hitchens' Mortality (2013), but it belongs on the same shelf as a wise and oddly comforting look at the toughest news of all.Read full book review >
SOLITUDE CREEK by Jeffery Deaver

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: May 12, 2015
Dance's fourth appearance (XO, 2012, etc.) shows her still-creaky skill set—she can't tell when her 12-year-old is lying to her—in search of a plot that can effectively harness her putative gifts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >