Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

THE MOUNTAIN by Paul Yoon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Six little mysteries that quietly capture the breadth of the human experience."
Tender, tinder-dry stories about lonely people making their ways through this life. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE by Chiara Barzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A coming-of-age novel that fails to delve beneath the surface."
An Italian teenager discovers sex, drugs, and decadence in Los Angeles. Read full book review >

THE GIRL WITH KALEIDOSCOPE EYES by David Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The set pieces, from the killing to the denouement, feel staged and forced, but the characters and dialogue don't disappoint, and the sorely missed hero's mixture of cynicism and sweetness plays as well as ever."
Who says there are no second acts in American lives? Twenty years after his most recent case (The Man Who Loved Women to Death, 1997, etc.), celebrity-biography ghostwriter Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag runs into more murders in 1992 Hollywood. Read full book review >
JACK OF HEARTS by Christopher Greyson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2017

"A mystery with a sharp protagonist whose appeal is matched by that of the characters surrounding him."
Former cop Jack Stratton takes a case in his parents' gated community in this installment of Greyson's (And Then She Was Gone, 2016, etc.) mystery series. Read full book review >
COUNTING WOLVES by Michael F. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2017

"A deeply affecting, hard-to-put-down work that depicts a girl's dark odyssey through obsession toward healing insight."
In this latest novel by a prolific author of YA fiction, a teenager's life spirals out of control as she desperately attempts to evade the savage manifestation of her fear. Read full book review >

THE CLAN CALLING by Wendy Terrien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2017

"A fresh installment with a realistic protagonist whom teens will want to follow into the realms of the paranormal."
In Terrien's (The Rampart Guards, 2016) YA fantasy sequel, a teenager comes face to face with shape-shifters and unwanted responsibilities.Read full book review >
THE LEAGUE OF GOVERNORS by Wendy Terrien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2017

"A strong continuation of a teen fantasy series that doesn't shy away from life's darker side."
In the second book of her YA paranormal fantasy series, Terrien (The Rampart Guards, 2016) pits her 14-year-old hero against the insidious forces of authoritarianism.Read full book review >
THE COLOR OF FEAR by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"More seasonal goodwill (think of a rainbow-cast remake of It's a Wonderful Life) than misdirection in a story that perfectly illustrates its heroine's bromide: 'When you think about it, all crimes are stupid.'"
Race-baiting violence invades Sharon McCone's Yuletide celebrations. Read full book review >
THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"It's hard to think of any writer since Flannery O'Connor, referenced at several key moments here, who's succeeded as consistently as Slaughter at using horrific violence to evoke pity and terror. Whether she's extending her franchise or creating stand-alones like this, she really does make your hair stand on end."
Slaughter's latest break from the punishing travails of Dr. Sara Linton and Will Trent (The Kept Woman, 2016, etc.) uses a school shooting to reunite two sisters who've had compelling reasons for avoiding each other in the years since their own childhood horrors. Read full book review >
BENEATH THE DEPTHS by Bruce Robert  Coffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A sturdy, starchy police procedural most likely to appeal to readers with a hearty appetite for police routine."
When a lawyer who's already antagonized half the people in Maine winds up dead, every pine tree in Portland seems chock-full of suspects. Read full book review >
THE LAST TUDOR by Philippa Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Tedium is inevitable as we watch these Tudor heirs wait."
The bloodlines, if not the ambitions, of three Tudor sisters imperil their lives. Read full book review >
BAD DEEDS by Lisa Renee Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"High drama, luxury lifestyles, aggressive masculinity, and a large and interconnected cast of characters will please fans of this series."
Third in a Dynasty-esque romance series revolving around a powerful family with criminal ties, the son who wants to go legit, and the woman on the run who falls for him. 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 >