Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE CHOSEN by Kristina Ohlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Warning to the squeamish: things turn out much worse than you could have expected. In retrospect, it's hard to see how it could have been otherwise."
A series of horrific crimes against Stockholm's Jewish community has its roots in the Holy Land, which has never seemed less holy than it does here. Read full book review >
DON'T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS by Bernard Minier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Minier (The Circle, 2015, etc.) builds suspense with tantalizing teaspoons of menace and a narrative crafted with believable immediacy. Both protagonists confront their nemeses with a determination that should hook readers and keep them hooked."
In a frigid forest on the border between Poland and Belarus, fever dreams assail Martin Servaz as he struggles to get to safety. Read full book review >

THE GENTLEMAN FROM JAPAN by James Church
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The sixth outing for Church's wise inspector creates an intriguing synergy, with many insights into international culture and a complex plot."
A Chinese State Security officer follows a tantalizing trail to neutralize a devastating menace. Read full book review >
Dare Ya! by Rhonda Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An energetic, but sometimes-feckless action potboiler about a wacky dotcom."
Two Special Forces veterans and ex-cons strike it rich with a gonzo social media website and then battle a vengeful conspiracy in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The least successful stories in the collection take slices of life that are too thin, but all show promise, and all are very much worth reading."
New voices are gathered in a collection that might be thought of as the African rejoinder to the annual Pushcart series. Read full book review >

BRAZEN by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Middling, highly proficient work from a pro who makes a virtue of economy by getting every chapter, scene, and sentence to pull its weight and then some."
Who says blondes have more fun? Certainly not the three women who are killed in unnervingly precise restagings of the death scenes of real-life Hollywood blondes. Read full book review >
THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A frighteningly frank and brutal consideration of slavery, post-slavery, and colonialism in metallic garb."
The thoughtful, blood-soaked conclusion to an alternate-history trilogy (The Rising, 2015, etc.) in which the Dutch rule Europe and the New World thanks to their control of Clakkers, mechanical servants fueled by clockwork and alchemy. Read full book review >
A WANT OF KINDNESS by Joanne Limburg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Limburg succeeds in humanizing Anne and bringing her worldview to vivid life."
Limburg's first novel is an intimate portrait of a Stuart princess whom history has occasionally underestimated. Read full book review >
GODS AND ANGELS by David Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Park's stories render the shape-shifting weight of love with a subtle but emotionally penetrating accuracy."
In 13 stories set mostly in his native Northern Ireland, novelist Park (The Poets' Wives, 2014, etc.) explores the emotional lives of men from youth to old age. Read full book review >
LOVE, ALICE by Barbara Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"While Davis crafts compelling characters, her overreliance on secrets and plot gimmicks muddies the narrative."
Grief remains the strongest bond in Davis' (Summer at Hideaway Key, 2015, etc.) new novel. Read full book review >
EMA THE CAPTIVE by César Aira
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An elegant, almost ethereal story of one woman's survival."
A nearly 40-year-old novel by one of Argentina's most prolific writers, finally available in translation. Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF A SEAL  by Anne  Elizabeth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An interesting idea that doesn't fulfill its possibilities."
When a Navy SEAL is sent undercover to find out who's sabotaging a top-secret project, he hopes the mission will fulfill a lifelong ambition to get to space but is surprised to discover it may lead him to the woman of his dreams as well. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >