Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

THE DARKNESS by Ragnar Jónasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"If you think you know how frigid Iceland can be, this blistering stand-alone from Jónasson (Blackout, 2016, etc.) has news for you: It's much, much colder than you've ever imagined. Warmly recommended for hot summer nights."
On the eve of her unwillingly abrupt retirement, a Reykjavík police inspector decides to look into a cold case that immediately turns dangerously hot. Read full book review >
THOUGH THE HEAVENS FALL by Anne Emery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Emery (Lament for Bonnie, 2016, etc.) populates 1995 Belfast so conscientiously and evokes its atmosphere so faithfully that the historical background ends up swallowing the plot she's devised, which for all its twists and turns can't possibly compete with the Troubles."
Halifax attorney Monty Collins and his wife, professor Maura MacNeil, come to Ireland just in time to sink neck-deep in the latest round of the Troubles. Read full book review >

DECK THE HOUNDS  by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Middling for this irresistible series, whose hero's old friend asks him at one point: 'Are you ever going to stop being a pain in the ass?' Goodness, let's hope not."
His wife and chief investigator Laurie's hyperextended Christmas season brings Paterson lawyer Andy Carpenter a new dog, a litter of new puppies, and a new murder case. Read full book review >
THE WINTERS by Lisa Gabriele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A harmless parlor game of a book but a little lacking in the skin-crawling suspense department."
With his first wife, Rebekah, dead, Max Winter brings another young woman to Asherley. Read full book review >
NIGHT TRAIN by Thom Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Jones is uneven, but at his best he offers a poignant, compelling view of the human condition."
A generous posthumous selection from Jones' (1945-2016) three short story collections along with seven new works. Read full book review >

DESTROY ALL MONSTERS by Jeff Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A rock novel that's more DOA than DIY."
With local bands being shot down in seemingly random killings, musicians question their devotion to rock n' roll. Read full book review >
ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by Josie Silver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Anyone who believes in true love or is simply willing to accept it as the premise of a winding tale will find this debut an emotional, satisfying read."
True love flares between two people, but they find that circumstances always impede it. Read full book review >
FAMOUS ADOPTED PEOPLE by Alice Stephens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"The increasing tension and outlandishness of Stephens' work lends itself to a poignant take on the topic of family."
A biting critique of identity that lampoons genetic ties and ethnic stereotypes. Read full book review >
THE CHILDLESS ONES by Cam Rhys  Lay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A stunning fantasy debut."
Lay's debut novel recounts the story of a writer and the fantasy world he's struggling to create. Read full book review >
WHAT WE OWE by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Always arresting, never sentimental; gut-wrenching, though not without hope."
Told she has six months to live, an Iranian refugee living in Sweden rages against her inevitable decline—and wrestles with the choices of her past—in Hashemzadeh Bonde's spare and devastating novel, her first to be published in the U.S. Read full book review >
BLUE LABEL by Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Packs a punch on many levels: personal, political, and even mythic."
The story of a quest of sorts, as a high school student in Chávez's Venezuela tries to make sense of love and life—and also tries desperately to leave a country for which she has no affection. Read full book review >
MELMOTH by Sarah Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A chilling novel about confronting our complicity in past atrocities—and retaining the strength and moral courage to strive for the future."
Haunted by past misdeeds, a self-exiled English translator encounters the uncanny in snow-covered Prague. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >