Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

KILL SWITCH by Jonathan Maberry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"One character says that some books 'confine the power' and will explode if opened. This book isn't one of them. At almost 500 pages, it's bloated and juvenile."
A sci-fi thriller in which nefarious forces plan to sink the world into darkness. Read full book review >
THE ALASKAN LAUNDRY by Brendan Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"The compelling tale of a woman's journey from hopeless anger to genuine empowerment, made richer by its immersion in the world of commercial fishing."
Debut novelist Jones draws on his real-life experience living and working on an Alaskan tugboat to craft the tale of Tara Marconi, a Philadelphia woman who runs away from the depression and anger that have taken over her life. Read full book review >

MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY by Con Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Lehane (Death at the Old Hotel, 2007, etc.) awards his previous detective, bartender Brian McNulty, a cameo but focuses on the complicated Ray, who looks like a promising newcomer in the talented-amateur ranks."
A biographer is killed inside one of the world's premier research libraries. Read full book review >
IT TAKES ONE by Kate Kessler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Readers will have some of the major plot points figured out well in advance of the book's climax, but Audrey is definitely a keeper."
A feisty protagonist with a dark past that's not exactly a secret goes back to her roots in Kessler's new series. Read full book review >
CITY OF SECRETS by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Economical and deliberately low-key, like all O'Nan's work, but the complex moral issues it raises linger unsettlingly."
The protean O'Nan (West of Sunset, 2015, etc.) assumes the mantle of Conrad and Greene in a probing, keening thriller set in Jerusalem just after World War II.Read full book review >

HIDE AWAY by Iris Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"As in many of Johansen's novels, readers are left dangling when it comes to Cara's fate and must purchase the next one to find out what happens."
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan's back in the game in perennial bestseller Johansen's latest bloody action thriller. Read full book review >
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
Collateral Damage and Stories by Bob Mustin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2016

"Often despondent, but the brooding characters will stick in readers' heads like emotional glue."
A collection of subdued tales features characters who can neither evade the past nor confront the inevitable future. Read full book review >
Dreadlands by Jaimie Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2016

"A solid, journeyman effort that shows signs of trying to break free of epic-fantasy tropes but never truly flies."
Engle (The Dredge, 2015, etc.) weaves Viking lore, animalistic shape-shifters, and coming-of-age adventure into a fantasy epic. Read full book review >
THE ISLAND by Patricia Mahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2016

"Sweetly earnest utopian metafiction larded with extended quotations from the sages you read in high school."
In a world in which "we're actually so connected, we're disconnected," how do you bring people together again and, incidentally, salvage the collective imagination of the age? Debut novelist Mahon is glad you asked. Read full book review >
THE BLACKBIRDS by Eric Jerome Dickey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"In this sensual tale, words stoke the body and the imagination. With prose that is both witty and current, Dickey chronicles the pothole-filled journey four modern black women take to find love."
Four friends, nicknamed the Blackbirds, push each other to live their best lives as they navigate life and love in Los Angeles. Read full book review >
'TIL DEATH DO US PART by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Quick's appealing new direction somehow balances Gothic intensity and lighthearted wit."
A Victorian matchmaker becomes the target of a macabre stalker and turns to a reclusive mystery writer for help—and when the danger escalates, so does their relationship. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >