Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
DESERT BOYS by Chris McCormick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Tender, heartfelt, fully realized stories about family, friendship, and love."
A series of linked stories charts a young man's coming-of-age. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >