Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Silent Source by James Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A promising thriller that ably handles its medical mysteries but lags in its narrative structure and character development."
In Smith's debut mystery, a former scientist investigates a string of mysterious deaths occurring across Atlanta. Read full book review >
NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Lyrical and affecting, the novel succeeds in skirting clichés through its empathy and through the depth of its major characters."
In post-Civil War Texas, a 10-year-old girl makes an odyssey back to her aunt and uncle's home after living with the Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four years earlier. Read full book review >

FRIDAY ON MY MIND by Nicci French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"French's strikingly mature prose purrs along as smoothly as ever, but the mystery is a mess from beginning to end, and the heroine's tough/imperiled shtick is beginning to wear thin. For loyalists only."
Can psychotherapist Frieda Klein possibly get in any worse with the members of London's Metropolitan Police whose patience with her has already worn thin? Yes, she can—when the evidence marks her as a murderer. Read full book review >
ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though the level of inspiration in individual stories varies widely, every fan will find different reasons to cheer. And they'll all marvel at the inventive range of this salute to the greatest of all fictional detectives."
"Inspired" is the key word here, for contributors have been encouraged to interpret their remit even more broadly than in the editors' previous two collections (In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S ACCOMPLICE by Susan Elia MacNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Maggie (Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante, 2015, etc.) is a thoughtful spy whose dangerous escapades never disappoint."
An accomplished young woman fights hate and misogyny in World War II Britain. Read full book review >

A MURDER FOR MAX by John Lawrence Reynolds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The latest entry in the Rapid Reads series is a neat little mystery Reynolds (Beach Strip, 2012) and his intrepid heroine wrap up within a single day."
A small-town police chief is determined to solve a murder without help from the big boys. Read full book review >
THE GUINEVERES by Sarah Domet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Domet's (90 Days to Your Novel, 2010) energetic prose, institutional setting, Christian fabulism, and fervidly wacky plot—revolving around the ability of the comatose to get a hard-on—will appeal to fans of John Irving."
Four girls, all named Guinevere, come of age in a convent in wartime. Read full book review >
THE MORTIFICATIONS by Derek Palacio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Searching, heartbreaking, and achingly beautiful, the novel is as intimate as it is sweeping."
A powerful family saga, Palacio's gorgeous and challenging debut follows the Encarnacións as they navigate the space between Hartford, Connecticut, and their native Cuba. Read full book review >
THE TRESPASSER by Tana French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Respect is owed to French for making her interrogation scenes good enough to really spike your blood pressure, but the magic of previous installments is missing."
A sheltered young woman comes out of her cocoon—and her transformation ends with murder. Read full book review >
THE MOTION OF PUPPETS by Keith Donohue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A standard tale of suspense in a beautifully unusual setting."
Love pulls everybody's strings. Read full book review >
PRIVATE NOVELIST by Nell Zink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Proof that experimental fiction can be fun."
Early work by the acclaimed author of Nicotine (2016), Mislaid (2015), and Wallcreeper (2014). Read full book review >
THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD by Jade Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Head-spinning fun with many fine moments—but the emotional aspects of the book are weakened by the barrage effect."
A Chinese-American family tumbles from riches to rags in Chang's jam-packed, high-energy debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >