Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

NO ECHO by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Though it's good to see Holt's detective back in the saddle, her return case is tangled and forgettable, with the most intriguing features sadly underdeveloped."
Franchise owner Holt (Blind Goddess, 2016, etc.) teams up with Reiss-Andersen to bring Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen back from her grief-soaked stay in Verona to rejoin Oslo's Violent Crime Section. Read full book review >
MONSTERS by Karen Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An impressive mixture of emotional exploration and formal experiment."
Structurally ambitious flash fiction that examines all the ways—great and small—in which characters can be haunted. Read full book review >

DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton's chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance."
A serial killer bids for freedom with the aid of an unconventional lawyer. Read full book review >
PUSHING UP DAISIES by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Fans of this long-running series will enjoy the continuing drama of the private eye's romances, which, as so often before (Dishing The Dirt, 2016, etc.), overshadow the mystery."
Agatha Raisin continues to struggle, though not very hard, against her predilection for unsuitable men. Read full book review >
THE EXIT COACH by Megan Staffel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"These stories feel like portraits of lives scaled down to pivotal moments, but together they form a mural of humanity in common."
A novella and six short stories each find people on the brink of change. Read full book review >

THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A novel as insubstantial as the ghosts who haunt it."
A malicious ghost violently resists the destruction of her home in this stand-alone supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
THE CAROUSEL OF DESIRE by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Middling literary erotica: not quite Kundera but raw enough to satisfy a curious teenager."
"He had made love to her so well that she hated him": a steamy Belgian bestseller makes its way across the pond. Read full book review >
THE WONDER by Emma Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Her contemporary thriller Room (2010) made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine."
An English nurse confronts Irish history and entrenched prejudices—some of them hers—in this stinging latest from Donoghue (Frog Music, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
DEAD SOULS by J. Lincoln Fenn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A wild, well-written novel that fuels suspicions about what might be going on in our oh-so-unbalanced world."
An uninhibited thriller with a dash of social commentary where the devil is in the details. Read full book review >
LAW AND DISORDER by Mike Papantonio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"As one of his stricken enemies muses about the hero, 'The man had more lives than a cat' —an assessment that economically conveys both the moral complexity of the legal universe on display here and the guileless appeal of Papantonio's bumper-sticker prose."
Attorney/radio interviewer/nonfiction author Papantonio (Air America: The Playbook, 2006, etc.) debuts a Florida lawyer hero who'd look a lot like him if his fictional avatar's busy professional docket weren't complicated by his own trial for manslaughter. Read full book review >
THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW'D by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Although she seems for quite a while to be relying on good contacts and good luck, Bradley's preteen heroine comes through in the end with a series of deductions so clever she wants to hug herself. So will you."
Banished from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in far-off Toronto (As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, 2015, etc.) and sent back home to England, Flavia de Luce wants nothing more than to hug her beloved father. Fate has other plans. Read full book review >
THE REAL LIDDY JAMES by Anne-Marie Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Liddy is a memorable character who could easily appear again as The New and Improved Liddy James in Casey's next novel. Let's hope so."
A powerful divorce attorney, Liddy James races through life under a shiny veneer of confidence that covers her loneliness and insecurity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >