Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

The Quarry at the Crossroads by Kim Ekemar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2015

"Once again, Ekemar's well-drawn, realistic characters and wild, suspenseful plot render this an absolute must-read for series fans."
In the third book of Ekemar's (Where the Bones of a Buried Rat Lie, 2014, etc.) planned tetralogy, Matthias Callaghan finds that loose threads in his web of lies threaten to unravel his subterfuge. Read full book review >
SOMETHING LIKE THIS by Eileen Cruz Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2015

"A compassionate coming-of-age novel about the down but not out."
Coleman (Sweetwater American, 2014) tells the story of Jadie Santiago, a young woman starting her career, entering into a new love affair, and hindered by a tragic childhood. Read full book review >

THE PARTICULAR APPEAL OF GILLIAN PUGSLEY by Susan Örnbratt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2015

"The obsession with, and constant reminder of, all that Gillian is withholding muddies what might otherwise be a charming and evocative love story."
A brief young love and its impact nearly 60 years later are at the core of Örnbratt's debut. Read full book review >
REMEMBERERS by C. Edward Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2015

"A leisurely opening is mere preparation for the fierce struggle to follow—and it's more than worth the wait."
A college student's visions may be effective in a battle against demons in Baldwin's (Fathers House, 2013) supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
GBH by Ted Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"What stays in the mind is the seediness of an offseason resort town and the mix of swank and rot in the Fowlers' London life. Lewis' death meant the loss of an impeccable sociologist of the gutter."
A London porn king tries to ferret out the insider who's destroying his operation in the final novel by noir specialist Lewis (Get Carter, 1970, etc.).Read full book review >

BEAUTY'S KINGDOM by A.N. Roquelaure
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"Hard-core? Yes. Overwritten? For sure. Guilty pleasure? Absolutely."
Years after Roquelaure (Beauty's Release, 1999, etc.) first published the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, placing the popular fairy tale within an adult, erotic world, she returns to continue the saga.Read full book review >
PLAY FOR ME by Céline Keating
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A promising premise sadly underdeveloped."
Empty nester has whirlwind affair with indie rock guitarist, with predictable results, in Keating's second novel (Layla, 2013).Read full book review >
THE BONE TREE by Greg Iles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"Fans will find that the pace has picked up a touch from the first volume—and that's a good thing. We'll need to wait for the next one before toting up the body count, but it's sure to be massive."
The second installment of his hard-boiled Natchez trilogy finds Iles' (Natchez Burning, 2014, etc.) hero Penn Cage on even swampier, and surely deadlier, ground than before.Read full book review >
THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A nail-biter that is equal parts suspense, science fiction, and a funny, dark sendup of the stranglehold of gender."
A Canadian grad student, newly pregnant with her married professor's baby, must navigate a world altered by a pandemic in which blonde women attack the people around them in this smart new literary thriller from Schultz (Heaven Is Small, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF FIRE by Bruce Holsinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A cautionary tale that argues powerfully against handgonnes and their modern descendants."
Second installment in Holsinger's series starring medieval detective John Gower. Read full book review >
WHEN THE NIGHT COMES by Favel Parrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"An accretion of exquisite moments."
A soulful fictional homage to a beloved Antarctic vessel, from Australian author Parrett (Past theShallows, 2014).Read full book review >
WHEN WE WERE ANIMALS by Joshua Gaylord
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"Though the buildup, like Lumen's agonizing wait to breach, is slow, once Gaylord finds his momentum, there's no stopping this bizarrely fascinating journey of dark self-discovery."
In this coming-of-age tale with a gory twist, Gaylord recounts the troubled adolescence of a good girl in a not-so-good town. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >