Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

A DEADLY THAW by Sarah Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The second from Ward (In Bitter Chill, 2015) is an excellent police procedural that shows how psychological damage from the past casts shadows over the present."
The present always owes a debt to the past. Read full book review >
THE SHERIFFS OF SAVAGE WELLS by Sarah M. Eden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A clever, entertaining romance, especially recommended for readers who prefer a chaste storyline without an overtly religious message."
When small town Savage Wells aims to hire a sheriff, the competition includes a legendary lawman and the woman who's been thanklessly doing the job for months. Read full book review >

THE RECKONING ON CANE HILL by Steve Mosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"It doesn't matter that Mosby has no interest in tying up all the dozens of loose ends left dangling. This is a powerfully haunting tale you don't so much pursue to its resolution as mercifully awaken from."
Mosby's latest nightmare poses a perfectly serious question most readers have probably never thought about: which is more harrowing, death or resurrection? Read full book review >
PRESUMPTION OF GUILT by Archer Mayor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Veteran Mayor (The Company She Kept, 2015, etc.) has no trouble making the two very different parts of his story work well on their own, but even he can't make them mesh very convincingly."
The demolition of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor discloses a 40-year-old corpse and a mess of industrial-strength criminal waste for Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation to clean up. Read full book review >
SOULMATES by Jessica Grose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This book leaves readers wanting more than what they get—a dull he said, she said recap of a failed marriage, with a few satirical laughs along the way."
Editor and blogger Grose's (Sad Desk Salad, 2012) second novel skewers yoga and guru culture, taking readers into the mysterious happenings at a secretive New Mexico cult. Read full book review >

THE VANISHING YEAR by Kate Moretti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fans of twisted thrillers featuring complex female characters will devour Moretti's latest."
A woman tries to hide—and outrun—her past in this fast-paced thriller from Moretti (Binds That Tie, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
COMBUSTION by Martin J. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Smith's bite-sized chapters keep the pot boiling—even if many of the ingredients here are familiar, they're expertly mixed—and the denouement will likely pack a punch even for readers who've seen it coming."
Journalist/thriller writer Smith (The Wild Duck Chase, 2012, etc.) uses the death of a successful developer to dig deep into the victim's family and the California landscape. Read full book review >
DODGER BLUE WILL FILL YOUR SOUL by Bryan Allen Fierro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Beautifully written and charged with vitality, this collection plucks people from an obscure place and tells their stories."
In his debut short story collection, Fierro offers windows into the often obscured world of East Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A sexy Shalvis read that fans will love."
When a contractor needs someone to care for his inherited cat, he turns to the neighborhood pet-store owner, not realizing that the two have an unfortunate shared past or that she just may be the future he's never admitted he's looking for. Read full book review >
ONLY DAUGHTER by Anna Snoekstra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A premise that could collapse in a light breeze coupled with telegraphed plot twists make for an uninspired entry in the psychological thriller category."
After her arrest, a woman claims to be a long-missing teenage girl and finds herself living the vanished girl's life only to become ensnared in trying to unravel the truth behind her disappearance. Read full book review >
A NIGHT WITHOUT STARS by Peter F. Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An atomic blast of a yarn. Hamilton in peak form and absolutely not to be missed."
Hamilton's latest (a relatively slender 704 pages) brings to a furious boil the two-book saga (The Abyss Beyond Dreams, 2014) describing human colony planet Bienvenido's unremitting battle against the hostile alien Fallers. Read full book review >
THE SECOND WINTER by Craig Larsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Larsen creates a darkly sensual world in which evil impulses often triumph, but not always."
Danish resistance fighters are often as brutal as the occupying Nazis in Larsen's (Mania, 2009) luridly dark exploration into the ways that "war can make criminals of heroes…and heroes of criminals." 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 >