Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

VICIOUS CIRCLE by C.J. Box
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Bracingly familiar pleasures expertly packaged. The two families' fraught history, tangled enough to fuel a whole season of high-country soap opera, keeps this installment from being the best place to take the initial plunge into the franchise, but first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded."
In his 17th adventure, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett (Off the Grid, 2016, etc.) goes another 15 rounds with surviving members of the toxic Cates family. Read full book review >
A TWIST OF THE KNIFE by Becky Masterman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Against all odds, the harrowing back story and repeated doses of present-tense violence make the investigation not so much shocking as deeply, heart-wrenchingly sad. It'll be a long time before intrepid readers who enter Masterman's latest labyrinth shake off its suffocating spell."
Even though her father is hovering near death, Brigid Quinn, put out to pasture in Tucson, can't help responding to another request from her old FBI friend Laura Coleman (Rage Against the Dying, 2013) to help with a cold case that turns red-hot. Read full book review >

THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure."
In the first of a new series, brutal politics and pitiless physics threaten an interstellar empire built on trade. Read full book review >
THE ARRANGEMENT by Sarah Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Dunn's dryly humorous story about a marriage that goes dangerously off-road never loses its groove."
This novel about a couple that agrees to have an open marriage, for a limited time only and while adhering to certain rules, is a polished, amusing, and highly entertaining take on modern relationships, parenthood, and suburbia. Read full book review >
THE CUTAWAY by Christina Kovac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Not without some strengths, but it takes more than a good newsroom to produce a good story."
A TV news producer trails a missing woman into Washington, D.C.'s dark regions. Read full book review >

WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE by Deb Olin Unferth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Chock-full of emotional insight and comic verve, Unferth's beguiling stories are not to be missed."
A stunning debut collection from Unferth (Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, 2011, etc.), in which a maverick cast of lonely characters wades through life's uncertainties. Read full book review >
THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A literary achievement: a complex, character-driven story that's powerful in concept and execution."
Two brothers set out on Georgia's mystical Altamaha River, "a long, dark muscle in the earth," to float down to the seacoast, intent on scattering the ashes of their father, "a man of the river….A keeper of it." Read full book review >
ONE AMERICAN DREAM by Bernard Beck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A novel best enjoyed for its examination of a people and a culture."
Touching on the influence of religious faith in the secular world, debut novelist Beck intriguingly examines Jewish immigrant life in New York City during the early 20th century. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN SWITCH by Matthew Quirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"An excellent follow-up to Cold Barrel Zero (2015), this is a standout thriller."
An underground network of U.S. operatives contracted by the government to kill terrorists has been exposed, leaving the Special Ops and their families vulnerable to foreign assassins. Read full book review >
LOLA by Melissa Scrivner Love
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Despite a striking premise and a strong start, this novel wears thin."
A few edgy weeks in the life of a woman gang leader on the eastern edge of South Central Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE EXPLODED VIEW by Ivan Vladislavic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Vladislavic's plain and understated style gives force to the longing and frustrated desires of his characters."
These four short stories set in South Africa focus on mildly unsuccessful people with modest ambitions who are continually thwarted either by chance or by their own inadequacies. Read full book review >
THE WIDOW'S HOUSE by Carol Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A spellbinding and delicious ghost story."
Hoping to rejuvenate their flagging writing careers, Clare and Jess Martin inadvertently move into a haunted house. Not everyone will survive. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >