Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SLIPPING  by John Toomey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2017

"Toomey is aiming to do more than solve a mystery and achieves a psychologically intriguing, unnerving character study."
The Rashomon effect is at work in this anatomy of a small-town murder, with even the perpetrator offering more than one version of events. Read full book review >
BULL by David Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Irresistible, slick, and sharp (no bull!)—with plenty of bull to dissect. (cast of characters, author's notes) (Verse fiction. 14 & up)"
A saucy, brash retelling of the Greek myth of the Minotaur. Read full book review >

SOPHIE SOMEONE by Hayley Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A creative and memorable story about secrets, lies, and moving on. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
Sophie Nieuwenleven has lived in Belgium for most of her life; now 14, she's beginning to wonder about the odd things her parents say when they're fighting, not to mention certain hazy and mysterious childhood memories that don't add up. Read full book review >
COMPASS by Mathias Énard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Lyrical and intellectually rich without ever being ponderous, reminiscent at turns of Mann's Death in Venice and Bowles' Sheltering Sky."
The winner of France's 2015 Prix Goncourt: a fever-dream meditation on East and West and on a lost love that binds the two worlds. Read full book review >
AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION by Alyssa Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A masterful tale that bodes well for future work from Cole."
A spy posing as a slave in Civil War Virginia risks her own life and the outcome of the war by falling in love with a fellow spy of another race. Read full book review >

YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A sheer delight."
A well-born but penniless orphan is compromised by a wealthy gentleman and comes to realize that all the luxuries in the world aren't enough reason to enter into a loveless marriage. Her plans to escape are foiled, though, when she begins to question her feelings—and his. Read full book review >
SNOOK WALLOW by Janet Heijens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Heijens, whose earlier foray into the topic (Wrongful Conviction, 2015) featured criminal defender Jean Jankowski, presents another heroine who's equally smart, resourceful, and empathetic—and more than worthy of an encore appearance."
A retired lawyer hopes to prove a death row inmate innocent before his time runs out. Read full book review >
BORDER CHILD by Michel Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A gripping and politically savvy look at the human impact of current immigration policy and an honest examination of the perils facing desperate immigrants as they travel north."
Losing a child—whether to death, kidnapping, war, or other calamities—is widely recognized as one of life's most traumatic experiences. Read full book review >
NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US by Stephanie Powell Watts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Watts' gently told story, like Fitzgerald's, is only superficially about money but more acutely about the urgent, inexplicable needs that shape a life."
The Great Gatsby is revived in an accomplished debut novel. Read full book review >
A WELCOME MURDER by Robin Yocum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"As if the raucous plot isn't complicated enough, Yocum filters it all through a system of dueling first-person narrators whose perspectives are amusingly at odds with each other to produce a memorably merry tale of murder most richly deserved."
In a 180-degree turn from the sorrowful A Brilliant Death (2016), Yocum releases a farcical basket of deplorables in Steubenville, Ohio, and lets them crawl all over each other in search of criminal advantage. Read full book review >
WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of humankind. In a word: unputdownable."
A brazen fusion of science fiction and apocalyptic thriller, the second installment in Neuvel's Themis Files (Sleeping Giants, 2016) is powered by nonstop action and adventure involving alien invaders and an army of seemingly indestructible giant robots—but ultimately it's also a deeply character-driven exploration of what it means to be human. Read full book review >
WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY by Lesley Nneka Arimah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Heralds a new voice with certain staying power."
Nigeria serves as a prism refracting the myriad experiences of both former and current inhabitants. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >