Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

VIRAL by Emily Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2015

"A rich collection that takes the familiar obsessions of love and loneliness and views them from uncanny angles in ways that are magical, cutting, and intensely recognizable."
Mitchell (The Last Summer of the World, 2007) offers readers 12 distinct stories that combine the mundane and the very strange to turn ordinary life inside out, examining familiar feelings through a lens of bizarre and sometimes-magical details.Read full book review >
DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"Dickens himself would be proud of Jarvis' capture of so huge a slice of life. Humane and funny, though the Heditor might have taken a sterner hand here and there."
Beguiling, entertaining novel of Dickensian England, cramming most of the island and its most interesting characters into 800 teeming pages. Read full book review >

THE CARTEL by Don Winslow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"Like its hero, this novel hovers between two styles—pulp fiction and literary seriousness—which, taken together, render the genre formulas leaden."
A Mexican drug lord heads into a final showdown with the obsessed American Drug Enforcement Administration agent who has been dogging him for years in this vast and ambitious thriller from Winslow (The Kings of Cool, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The book's portrayal of Pandy feels both self-congratulatory and unintentionally unpleasant, the hostility toward male characters is virulent—the only good male in the book may not be one—and the sense of humor is nil."
Bushnell (One Fifth Avenue, 2008, etc.) is still playing her Sex and the City riffs in this self-referential sort-of satire about an author whose insanely popular fictional creation has taken over her life.Read full book review >
SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"As she seeks to repair bridges, Cat awakens anger and treachery in the hearts of those she once betrayed. Making amends, like addiction, may endanger her future."
Before sobriety, Catherine "Cat" Coombs had it all: fun friends, an exciting job, and a love affair with alcohol. Until she blacked out one more time and woke up in a stranger's bed. Read full book review >

TINY LITTLE THING by Beatriz Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won't do to protect each other."
During her husband's 1966 congressional run, Christina "Tiny" Hardcastle realizes her picture-perfect life has more than a few cracks and that maybe the time has come to be true to herself rather than to the glossy facade she has created. Read full book review >
HOTEL LIVING by Ioannis Pappos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"A joyless and basically plotless novel about a rootless existence."
An intrepid rising star in the business world longs for intimacy in Pappos' debut novel. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"A charming novel that believes in the healing properties of fiction, romance, and a summer in the south of France."
This newly translated German bestseller is a warmhearted, occasionally sentimental account of letting go of the old loves to make room for new. Read full book review >
THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"This strangely amusing novella has the power to inspire serious efforts to find significance in the very book in which it is so perversely denied."
Forgotten tyrants and blatant belly buttons have equally playful roles in this deceptively slight, whimsically thoughtful tale of a few men in Paris not doing or saying much. Read full book review >
TANGLED WEBS by Lee Bross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The overall effect is that the tale is underbaked; perhaps the planned sequel will help it set. (Romance. 12 & up)"
Secret-life shenanigans in 18th-century London. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"For die-hard mermaid-fiction lovers only."
When a young librarian comes into possession of the diary of a traveling circus from more than 200 years ago, he decides the book may hold clues to a family mystery he needs to solve to save his sister's life. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES by Sascha Arango
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"German screenwriter Arango's first novel is superior pulp, with schemers all around and plenty to say about fame, identity, and mortality."
Having become a famous author by publishing his wife's brilliant crime novels with his name on the cover, Henry Hayden creates his own devious fictions to avoid detection in a series of mysterious deaths. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
June 30, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >