Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

THE MOTHER'S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A sentimental parable about the power of motherhood, friendship, and love."
When a devoted single mom discovers she has ovarian cancer, her own health is the least of her worries. What will happen to her daughter? Read full book review >
EGGSHELLS by Caitriona Lally
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Absent the dramatic character arcs or plot twists readers would expect from an American novel, this urban fairy tale delivers something that is both subtle and profound in its examination of the human soul. Magically delicious."
Dubliner Vivian Lawlor doesn't fit in anywhere. Will she ever find her place in this world? Read full book review >

SETTING FREE THE KITES by Alex George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"George (A Good American, 2012, etc.) can't separate his good ideas from his bad ones, but there's still a lot to enjoy here."
Two boys in 1970s Maine help each other weather tragedy. Read full book review >
THE SCHOOLDAYS OF JESUS by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A novel only for those who want to update their reading of the Nobel Prize-winning Coetzee."
Coetzee continues the allegorical musings he began in The Childhood of Jesus with this sequel, which is equally elliptical, sparse, and vexing. Read full book review >
DAMAGE CONTROL by Lisa Renee Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An intriguing high-concept premise sabotaged by glacial pacing and a static central romance."
Second installment of a contemporary 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 >

RUSTY PUPPY by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Minor blemishes aside, this puppy tells a waggly tale the reader is happy to follow down the roughest paths."
A woman's plea to find her son's murderer sets the stage for the latest Hap and Leonard mystery. Read full book review >
A PIECE OF THE WORLD by Christina Baker Kline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"It's thin on plot, but Kline's reading group-friendly novel delivers a character portrait that is painterly, sensuous, and sympathetic."
The real-life subject of an iconic work of art is given her own version of a canvas—space in which to reveal her tough personality, bruised heart, and "artist's soul." Read full book review >
DEATH OF A GHOST by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Fans of the handsome Highlander will delight in his continuing penchant for the wrong women and his utter lack of ambition despite his superior detecting skills, which this complex case puts on handsome display."
A wily Highland police sergeant solves a case the higher-ups want covered up. Read full book review >
ENCIRCLING by Carl Frode Tiller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A poised and effective Rashomon-style exploration of multiple psyches."
One man's amnesia prompts divergent and sometimes-conflicting remembrances from those close to him. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by Lilliam Rivera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Not only is Margot experiencing an identity crisis, the book is too. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A Puerto Rican teenager spends the summer working in her father's South Bronx supermarket, where she experiences myriad unfortunate developments. Read full book review >
SHINING CITY by Tom Rosenstiel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Sure to steady the pulse."
Investigating the background of a Supreme Court nominee, a problem-solver for hire falls into the path of a killer. Read full book review >
ELEGIES FOR UNCANNY GIRLS  by Jennifer Colville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2017

"An inconsistent, but frequently luminous, debut."
Ten stories that reveal the strangeness and beauty of female experience. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >