Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

IN THE BARREN GROUND by Loreth Anne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"While a bit light on the romance, the complex, absorbing, and unpredictable plot makes this novel a good attempt at mixing genres."
A brutal mauling of two graduate students in the Canadian Arctic forces a police officer escaping her past to seek help from a pilot with questionable ethics. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN AGE by Joan London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Every character, however minor, comes to life in these pages. Like her fictional pianist, London is a virtuoso."
Award-winning Australian author London (The Good Parents, 2008, etc.) illuminates lives touched by polio and World War II in her third novel, set in a convalescent home in Perth. Read full book review >

LOVE HER MADLY by M. Elizabeth Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A novel that could have worked if the psychology (and personalities) had more depth."
In Lee's debut thriller, three self-centered college students become tangled in a love triangle that ends in tragedy. Seven years later, the survivors realize that the past rarely stays in the past. Read full book review >
RISE THE DARK by Michael Koryta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Again proving himself one of today's top thriller writers, Koryta creates edgy suspense not with trickery but with characters who test the limits of their courage."
Having escaped certain death in Indiana's scariest caves in Last Words (2015), private investigator Mark Novak returns to his old haunts in Montana in pursuit of the man who murdered his wife in Cassadaga, Florida—a strange town known for its psychics. Read full book review >
BLOOD OF SAINTS by Maegan Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"As in her striking debut (Carved in Darkness, 2013), Beaumont ladles on the overwrought prose and tougher-than-thou attitudinizing. None of it is good for you, but you'll want to read it anyway."
Four years after faking her own death and vanishing into a wilderness fortress with her lover, professional killer Michael O'Shea, ex-homicide cop Sabrina Vaughn comes out of hiding when a monstrous figure from her past makes her an offer she can't refuse. Read full book review >

WHISPERS IN THE MIST by Lisa Alber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A worthy successor to Kilmoon (2014) in tone, mood, complexity, and keen insight into human failures and triumphs."
Murder comes in threes to a village in County Clare. Read full book review >
God of the Internet by Lynn Lipinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A deadly and exhilarating game of cat and mouse that has all the makings of an engaging series about fighting terrorists."
Homeland Security agents rush to prevent large-scale cyberwarfare in this thriller. Read full book review >
LIBERTY STREET by Dianne Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Fine, sensitive fiction, though the author's rigorously restrained approach won't be to everyone's taste."
A woman finally confronts the past she has blotted out for more than 20 years in Warren's follow-up to her Governor General's Award-winning debut (Juliet in August, 2012). Read full book review >
THE GENTLEMAN by Forrest Leo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Though the poet discovers plenty about love, friendship, and art in his quest, this novel is mainly slapstick, played for laughs."
Historical farce that pits a middling London poet against a very gentlemanly Devil. Read full book review >
NOTHING SHORT OF DYING by Erik Storey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Storey's first novel moves along well enough, but the way he strings together violent action scenes has a paint-by-numbers quality."
Newly sprung from three years in a Juárez prison, school-of-hard-knocks product Clyde Barr answers an SOS call from his sister Jen, who is being held in the Colorado mountains by a big-time drug supplier. Read full book review >
ADDLANDS by Tom Bullough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A serious if sometimes-overgrown farm tale."
Piety, pugnacity, and secrets shape the lives of a rural Welsh family across 70 years. Read full book review >
The People's House by David Pepper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"An engaging tale that looks at the grimy underbelly of American political power."
In this thriller, a reporter investigates the possibility that recent congressional election upsets are the result of a conspiracy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >