Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"More like 'girl on a train wreck.'"
An insecure woman with an edgy past insinuates herself into the lives of a narcissistic, glamorous couple and finds herself in jeopardy. Read full book review >

HIMSELF by Jess Kidd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A darkly comic tale that is skillfully and lyrically told."
Lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony had always been told he was left on the steps of an orphanage as a baby. But a deathbed confession reveals that there might be more to the story. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL AND WEBSTER by Jean Hanff Korelitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A bit of a disappointment from a talented author."
The president of an elite New England college grapples with student protest in Korelitz's sixth novel (You Should Have Known, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Lisa See
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Still, a riveting exercise in fictional anthropology."
A woman from the Akha tribe of China's Yunnan province becomes a tea entrepreneur as her daughter grows up in California. Read full book review >

OUR SHORT HISTORY by Lauren Grodstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A poignant and realistic portrait of the struggles with ovarian cancer that chafes a bit against its frame."
This novel is posed as a book written by a mother with stage 4 ovarian cancer for her young son about her coming to terms with her mortality. Read full book review >
FIND ME by J.S. Monroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Fast-paced, satisfying, and, ultimately, life-affirming."
Monroe's debut thriller is a paranoiac's dream with plenty of twists. Read full book review >
GIRL IN DISGUISE by Greer Macallister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A celebration of a singular woman's life that's guided by facts but features some inviting imaginings."
The story of the very first female detective traces her growth from determined young woman to seasoned pro. Read full book review >
TEN MILES ONE WAY by Patrick Downes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"An intricate, unusual love story for readers attuned to compassion. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
While Nest hangs onto life after driving into a tree, Q, her sometimes-boyfriend, makes a written record of one shared day so that people will know she was loved. Read full book review >
GOD BLESS CAMBODIA by Randy Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2017

"If you're a lonely guy planning a geographical cure, this book should save you the money and trouble."
Randy Burns is the kind of unfulfilled, middle-aged guy you usually find in sports bars, strip clubs, and Judd Apatow movies. In Ross' debut novel, Randy takes a worldwide journey to discover himself, find enlightenment, or get laid—which in his world are pretty much the same thing. Read full book review >
The Color of our Sky by Amita Trasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2017

"A sad, soulful, and revelatory story about a deeply troubled nation in transition."
A haunting debut novel about two young women in Mumbai that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus. Read full book review >
THE ACCUSATION by Bandi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2017

"Of more journalistic and sociological than literary interest, without the inventiveness of recent writing south of the 38th parallel—but still an important document of witness."
Fugitive fiction—literally—from inside North Korea, devastatingly critical of the Kim dynasty and its workers' paradise. 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 >