Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

RESTLESS IN L.A. by Robin Finn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2017

"A formulaic tale about the dangers of temptation."
A mother beleaguered by stress—and frustrated aspirations—risks it all for an illicit affair in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE WORLD TO COME by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2017

"A stylist whose fictional expansiveness underscores his singularity."
Shepard's fifth story collection—his first book since his well-received novel, The Book of Aron (2015), which was a Kirkus Prize finalist—demonstrates why he's a writer who defies categorization. Read full book review >

THE GERMAN by James Patrick Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Hunt (Once Upon a Time in Camelot, 2016, etc.) supplies the perfect antidote for post-election blues: the assurance that all those endless geopolitical calculations could be settled once and for all by a spot of violent personal revenge against the bad actors."
A German intelligence agent who suffered dire consequences when he refused to change a report at the behest of a pair of Americans vows to make them suffer even more. Read full book review >
THE BOGUS BONDSMAN by Paul Colt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Colt's elderly male Scheherazade keeps the formulaic story—one near miss after another—moving smartly along from bank to bank. Even non-Western fans who pick this one up by mistake will be beguiled."
1878. A Pinkerton operative signs on with a rival concern just in time to catch a case that will pit him against a resourceful gang of swindlers—and one of his former Pinkerton colleagues. Read full book review >
FACIALS CAN BE FATAL by Nancy J. Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Routine poke-your-nose-where-it-doesn't-belong fare, with results as expected."
The death of a philanthropist has Florida salon owner Marla Vail tearing her hair out. Read full book review >

DEVIL IN SPRING by Lisa Kleypas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A funny and charming story that will delight readers from the first page to the last."
When two strangers are found alone in a summerhouse during a ball in Victorian London, they're forced into an engagement neither of them wants—at first. Read full book review >
HAVOC by Jamie Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A generally successful, fun romance from an author to watch."
When Hailey meets her spoiled cousin's ex-boyfriend Mike, an up-and-coming rock star, she's stunned by their mutual attraction, especially when it becomes clear that being with him could mean the end of her own dreams. Read full book review >
HIS COWBOY HEART by Jennifer Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An interesting book that turns a lot of established tropes and gender norms on their sides."
Ford Kendrick and Jamie Keller broke up because of clashing family problems—Jamie's drove her away from their hometown even as Ford's kept him rooted there. They each left the relationship broken by the difficult choices they were forced to make. Read full book review >
UNEXPECTEDLY HERS by Jamie Beck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Beck's fans will be thrilled by the latest in her witty, sexy, and unexpectedly emotional contemporary-romance series."
A contemporary small-town romance between a mousy innkeeper and a snowboarding champion who can't quite recall where he's seen her before. Read full book review >
THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS by Ruth Hogan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Readers looking for some undemanding, old-fashioned storytelling with a sprinkling of magic will find it here."
Hogan's whimsical first novel weaves together the stories of two British assistants, one of whom works for a publisher in the 1970s and the other who, in the present day, works for an unusual elderly gentleman who has dedicated himself to assembling a room full of "a sad salmagundi" of 40 years' worth of detritus lost or abandoned by its owners. Read full book review >
FATAL OPTION by Chris Beakey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A character-driven tale that maintains its sincerity even in its most nerve-wracking moments."
In Beakey's (Double Abduction, 2007) thriller, an investigation into a tragic accident during a blizzard reveals a string of secrets—including a murder.Read full book review >
GUNMETAL GRAY by Mark Greaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"At about 500 pages, this one is fat, fast, and fun. Clancy's spirit lives on."
The latest high-energy entry in the Gray Man series (Back Blast, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >