Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE SEVENTH THUNDER by Larry Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A frantic but never confusing story enhanced by its characters and tantalizing religious theme.
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In Brooks' (Deadly Faux, 2013, etc.) latest thriller, a widower's unpublished apocalyptic novel may actually have prophesied the end of times.Read full book review >
The Ledger of Good and Evil by Teja A Jaensch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"A well-crafted guide for bettering one's inner life in order to better serve mankind."
Stories and lists aimed at helping readers redirect their focus and follow a path of benevolence. Read full book review >

THE BOSTON TRADER by Jefferson Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A sequel that stands firmly on its own, brimming with political intrigue and historical drama."
A Boston merchant is falsely accused of murdering a government official in 18th-century China in Flanders' (The Girl from Recoleta and Other Stories of Love, 2014, etc.) intricate sequel to The Republic of Virtue (2014). Read full book review >
The Realm of Misplaced Hearts by Rick Hobbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"An intelligent, lively thriller."
Hobbs' (Entangled Realms, 2013) follow-up novel explores the life of a girl with a genius intellect and other remarkable gifts that some would kill to attain. Read full book review >
MEASURELESS NIGHT by Chris Culver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2015

"A riveting page-turner whose author is a worthy heir to the late Robert B. Parker."
In Culver's (Nine Years Gone, 2014, etc.) latest police thriller, a woman is killing the people who sent her husband to death row, and police detective Ash Rashid must stop her. Read full book review >

THE PRECIPICE OPTION by Alexander Kaufman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2013

"A carefully researched but unwieldy historical tome."
This lengthy historical novel centers on Hungarian journalist Rudolf Kastner and his efforts to save Hungarian Jews during World War II. Read full book review >
The Message? by Avam Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2015

"A stimulating philosophical work that's short on storytelling."
Hale's debut novel presents the story of a woman who awakes from a coma with a message from God. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO STOLE MY LIFE by Marian Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A salon owner-turned-invalid-turned author struggles to make sense of her life, and sometimes so do we."
The roller-coaster tale of a chatty Dublin woman rendered speechless, then renewed by the love of a good doctor—and a terrible literary agent. Read full book review >
ALL THIS LIFE by Joshua Mohr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Mohr's novel builds slowly, and his empathy for the majority of his characters shines through, allowing for a genuinely felt conclusion."
A tragic event on the Golden Gate Bridge brings together a bunch of disparate people, several of whom are reeling from earlier trauma. Read full book review >
THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN by Lidia Yuknavitch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Patricia Highsmith by way of Kathy Acker in a highbrow thriller that says as much about its writer as its story."
A grieving mother becomes obsessed with a famous photograph of a child fleeing a war zone. Read full book review >
A HANGING AT CINDER BOTTOM by Glenn Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2015

"Like Portis' True Grit, an American fable told with literary nuance."
Taylor (The Marrowbone Marble Company, 2010, etc.) draws a morality tale from Appalachian coal country, "a place cinched by the hills…[that] watched over man's thin attempt at living."Read full book review >
LET ME EXPLAIN YOU by Annie Liontas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A tale of an immigrant family rendered with unusual care, though it strains too hard for depth at times."
A Greek immigrant in his sunset years takes out a lifetime's worth of frustrations on his three daughters in this seriocomic debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >