Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

WILD WOOD by Posie Graeme-Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"More gripping entertainment from a seasoned professional."
Revisiting the interconnected-mysteries-separated-by-centuries setup that worked so well in The Island House (2012, etc.), Graeme-Evans sends an Australian adoptee searching for her birth mother to a castle on the England-Scotland border.Read full book review >
THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A brilliant work."
Caldwell (The Rule of Four, 2004) makes intriguing literature from complex theology, weaving in a text lost to history, the Shroud of Turin and Vatican duplicity. Read full book review >

THE DEVIL'S DETECTIVE by Simon Kurt Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A grand, nightmarish page-turner that will have you riveted no matter how much you'd prefer to look away."
Even hell has crime. And somebody has to go through…well, you know…to bring criminals to justice. Read full book review >
YOUNG SKINS by Colin Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Barrett has given us moments that resonate true to a culture, a population and a geography that are fertile with the stuff of good fiction."
A story collection in which the nights of small-town Ireland are filled with the ramblings of restless youth. Read full book review >
THE UNLOVED by Deborah Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Graphic, claustrophobic and fractured, this is emotionally violent and challenging work from a bold modern writer."
In a rented French chateau where a group of tourists of many nationalities have assembled for Christmas, there is feasting, clandestine sex, heroin and a death. But this is no conventional murder mystery. Read full book review >

PAST CRIMES by Glen Erik Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A well-written modern rendition of the old-fashioned gritty noir."
A combat-tested Army Ranger returns home to investigate the shooting of his grandfather in this debut novel. Read full book review >
SHE WILL BUILD HIM A CITY by Raj Kamal Jha
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"This novel is populated by storytellers. One by one, they tell us that nothing, even magic (a 12-foot woman who mothers mothers or a dog who transports an orphan to safety), can erase the ugly highs and lows of life in modern India."
A study in contrasts, this novel uses magic to illuminate poverty, violence and loss. Read full book review >
AN EXAGGERATED MURDER by Josh Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A beautifully written postmodern novel of deduction that merrily, wittily blows up its genre's conventions while at the same time re-energizing possibilities for the 21st-century detective story."
Three things to keep in mind about this book: Travel is far more enriching than arrival, detectives are essentially professional critics, and always be very careful when you decide to quit smoking. Read full book review >
THE ILLUMINATIONS by Andrew O'Hagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"It's remarkable how much human territory O'Hagan explores and illuminates with a restrained style that also helps drive the novel along at a good clip."
The Scottish author's fifth novel (The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of his friend Marilyn Monroe, 2010, etc.) is a lean yet rich family story built of small and crucial moments in memories and reality across three generations. Read full book review >
KNOW YOUR BEHOLDER by Adam Rapp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"An intimate, frustrating account of a man failing to deal with his failure."
Rapp (The Year of Endless Sorrows, 2006, etc.) brings dark humor and honesty to a story of death, divorce and disappearance.Read full book review >
HEARTBREAK HOTEL by Deborah Moggach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"The theme of love at any age is well-worn territory; here, it's worn in all the right places."
An aging yet charming B&B attracts guests with similar qualities in this follow-up to The Ex-Wives (1993).Read full book review >
ALL THE DAYS AND NIGHTS by Niven Govinden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A pretentious novel designed to show off the author's florid prose in lieu of telling a story."
A dying artist meditates on the art of portraiture in the absence of her most famous subject: her husband. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >