Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SIRENS by Joseph Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A powerfully assured debut by a British novelist who has the potential to be a leading player in modern noir."
On the outs since being caught stealing drugs from the evidence room, Manchester police detective Aidan Waits is pressured by a superior into posing as a bounced cop to investigate a top drug dealer and hired by a member of Parliament to find and report back on his runaway teenage daughter. Read full book review >
THE ONE by John Marrs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Will simultaneously intrigue both romantics and skeptics. The science might oversimplify, but it's gripping enough to read all in one sitting."
Marrs' debut novel traces the stories of five people who find their soul mates—or do they? Read full book review >

DEATH OF AN HONEST MAN by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"One of the most convoluted and striking in this venerable series (Death of a Ghost, 2017, etc.), whose fans will relish the newest complications in the hero's chaotic life."
Honesty may not be the best policy if it makes your acquaintances want to kill you. Read full book review >
KILL THE ANGEL by Sandrone  Dazieri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A harrowing if entertaining ride. Fans of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter series will, beg pardon, eat this up."
More murder, mayhem, and madness, Italian-style. Read full book review >
THE RENDING AND THE NEST by Kaethe  Schwehn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Schwehn's narrator establishes her place among post-apocalyptic heroines through her willingness to remake the world from what she has left and her unlikely arrival at hope."
In this absorbing debut novel, 95 percent of the world's population has disappeared without explanation. Those who remain call this event the Rending and struggle to eke out an existence without knowing what has happened or why. Read full book review >

DREADFUL YOUNG LADIES AND OTHER STORIES by Kelly  Barnhill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Whether Barnhill's settings are contemporary, historical, or dystopian, she mixes the feeling of fairy tales with the psychological preoccupations of literary fiction; her longer stories tend to be her better ones, allowing her room to develop her characters from symbols to people."
Lyrical stories about love, sex, and death from Barnhill (The Girl Who Drank the Moon, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
AGENT IN PLACE by Mark Greaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Somehow, Greaney cranks out one winner after another. That's a lot of work for the Gray Man and plenty of pleasure for thriller fans."
Seventh in the high-powered Gray Man series (Gunmetal Gray, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
THIS FAR ISN'T FAR ENOUGH by Lynn Sloan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Stories that illustrate how life can look drastically different in retrospect."
Fourteen stories of revelations that come too late. Read full book review >
HOUR GLASS by Michelle Rene
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Compassionate and insightful, authentic and poignant."
The infamous frontier woman Calamity Jane stumbles into the role of surrogate mother for two orphaned youngsters. Read full book review >
ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD by Anjali Sachdeva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Beautiful, draining—and entirely unforgettable."
So rich they read like dreams—or, more often, nightmares—the nine stories in Sachdeva's otherworldly debut center upon the unforgiving forces that determine the shape of our lives, as glorious as they are brutal. Read full book review >
STRAYING by Molly McCloskey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Elegant prose and nuanced self-awareness, reminiscent of early Edna O'Brien, enhance this intensely focused story of memory and self-imposed loss."
McCloskey burrows inside the ruminations of a middle-aged American woman returning to Ireland, where she lived as a young woman, to confront memories of her failed marriage. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE WATER by Charles Finch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A case with enough momentum to recharge this series and grab new readers with its pull."
The prequel to the career of astute Victorian private detective Charles Lenox. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >