Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

LOVING DAY by Mat Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Johnson is asking hard questions about race in America but he's using an awfully tame approach to work out the answers, at least this go-round."
A middle-aged failure struggles with his identity and masculinity when he's forced to return home to Philly. Read full book review >
RADIANT ANGEL by Nelson DeMille
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action."
DeMille (The Panther, 2012, etc.) follows former NYPD detective John Corey, the bane of Middle Eastern terrorists, after he's contracted to the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Read full book review >

REMEMBER ME THIS WAY by Sabine Durrant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Despite the book's shortcomings, the author redeems herself in the end, displaying undeniable growth and sharpened literary skills since her first novel."
Durrant's sophomore effort (Under Your Skin, 2014) tackles the complicated, dark, and disturbing mind of a manipulative and often abusive man who may—or may not—be dead.Read full book review >
PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"More historical fantasy than historical fiction."
It's the first millennium, and Viking ships sail to Helluland, Markland, Vinland, and Albania-Land in a never-ending quest of "landnám, the process of land taking...as the gods intended." Read full book review >
THE UNDERWRITING by Michelle Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A more intricate Devil Wears Prada for the tech generation."
A bunch of emotionally and morally stunted millennials run into trouble when they try to take a questionable dating app public. Read full book review >

SECRETS OF STATE by Matthew Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A well-written imagining of how India and Pakistan could be pushed to the brink of nuclear disaster."
A rogue nuclear weapon and a ticking clock lie at the heart of this engaging thriller by the author of The American Mission (2014).Read full book review >
MAKE SOMETHING UP by Chuck Palahniuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Pathos and panic and penitence from one of the darkest and most singular minds in contemporary American lit."
Palahniuk (Beautiful You, 2014, etc.) comes roaring back from a stretch of experimentalism with 23 tales celebrating his ongoing affection for the macabre.Read full book review >
THE ROCKS by Peter Nichols
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A literary island vacation with a worldly, wonderfully salacious storyteller."
The lives and loves of expatriates on Mallorca, shaped by a 60-year-old misunderstanding. Read full book review >
MAYUMI AND THE SEA OF HAPPINESS by Jennifer Tseng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Tseng explores time and place, isolation and connection, and veers more toward the lyrical than the lurid."
A sense of longing suffuses Tseng's sexy, sad debut novel about a 41-year-old librarian who embarks on an affair with a shy, handsome high school student. Read full book review >
THINGS YOU WON'T SAY by Sarah Pekkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Pekkanen reliably builds strong, interesting characters, but here, a plot too important for melodrama fails them."
A timely topic—the police shooting of a Hispanic youth—from a bestselling writer better known for domestic dramas. Read full book review >
THE SHORE by Sara Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"The closed ecosystem of The Shore provides Taylor with an ideal setting for illuminating the course of Life over Time."
An isolated stretch of coastal Virginia provides the eerie backdrop for a series of interconnecting tales of entrapment and escape. Read full book review >
We Came All This Way by Mike Heppner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Well-written and intriguing."
Abandoning the rest of her family, a woman runs away with her daughter to join her brother on a man-made island/new nation and reflects on what brought her there. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >