Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 10)

A KILLER BALL AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"The third in Dennison's series of zany country cozies veers even closer to farce than its predecessors (Desire at Honeychurch Hall, 2015, etc.). It's still enjoyable if you don't think too hard."
A decades-old costume event brings new trouble for a titled family and its tenants. Read full book review >
KEEP YOU CLOSE by Lucie Whitehouse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A first-rate psychological thriller about the decisions we make that forever define us."
A woman retraces an estranged friend's last days following her seemingly accidental death. Read full book review >

THE VEINS OF THE OCEAN by Patricia Engel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A dark comedy with unexpected heart."
After her older brother Carlito kills his girlfriend Isabela's baby girl because he thinks Isabela is cheating on him, 23-year-old Reina feels trapped trying to comfort him on death row—until his death frees her to start over in Crescent Key, a place where nobody knows her family history. Read full book review >
THE UNTAMED EARL by Valerie Bowman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A sweet and simple Regency story of unrequited love, requited."
In love with one sister, betrothed to the other—what's an earl to do? Read full book review >
ONLY BELOVED by Mary Balogh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Balogh wraps up her celebrated series with a perfect happy-ever-after for the older duke, his spinster bride, and the whole Survivors' Club."
When the Duke of Stanbrook announces his plans to marry spinster Dora Debbins, friends rally around them in celebration while an old nemesis swears vengeance against the couple, casting a shadow across their marriage. Read full book review >

ALPHA WOLF NEED NOT APPLY by Terry Spear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Limited drama, minor angst, and mediocre writing."
There are too many packs of werewolves in the same Colorado mountains. Read full book review >
FALL OF MAN IN WILMSLOW by David Lagercrantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A bookend of sorts to Bruce Duffy's fine novel The World as I Found It (1987); full of psychological insight though not much action."
Lagercrantz, heir to Stieg Larsson and author of the latest Lisbeth Sander installment, The Girl in the Spider's Web (2015), turns to a mystery of another sort.Read full book review >
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Vaultingly ambitious, thrillingly well-written, charged with moral fervor and rueful compassion. How will this dazzling writer astonish us next time?"
Morgan follows up her slim, keening debut (All the Living, 2009) with an epic novel steeped in American history and geography.Read full book review >
THE MAP OF BONES by Francesca Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A powerful post-apocalyptic story with unusual emotional depth and clear, often beautiful language, this is one genre fans won't want to miss."
This sequel to The Fire Sermon (2015) extends and deepens its story of a post-apocalyptic world riven by war. Read full book review >
AFTER THE FIRE by Jane Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Rococo plotting effectively tamed by Kerrigan's cleareyed narration. If you think there are too many perps wandering the halls, it's obvious that you've never lived in a place like Maudling Estate."
A suspicious fire that claims three lives—no, make that four—in a high-rise London housing project provides a sixth case for DC Maeve Kerrigan (The Kill, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
THE ASSISTANTS by Camille Perri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Don't think too hard about this one—just enjoy the sweetness of plotting revenge over cocktails (expensed, of course). You'll feel better after reading, promise."
Attention readers fed up with your jobs: call in sick tomorrow and dive into this debut crackling with the energy of handfuls of underpaid, underappreciated, tired-as-heck assistants hungry for what's owed them. Read full book review >
NOT WORKING by Lisa Owens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"While her privilege never quite catches up with her, this hapless protagonist will leave younger readers laughing—and wincing—in recognition."
In Owens' rollicking debut novel, an indecisive millennial wallows in "voluntary unemployment," trying the patience of everyone around her. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >