Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Melding inventive supernatural activities with scorching sex scenes, this final entry in Jones' series answers many questions but is a tad complicated. Readers who want to make sense of it all are well-advised to start all the way back with First Grave on the Right (2011)."
Whether she's dealing with other gods or acting as the Grim Reaper, Charley Davidson's adventures are never dull. Read full book review >
A RISKY UNDERTAKING FOR LORETTA SINGLETARY by Terry Shames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A surprise ending makes this entry one of Shames' best in an enjoyable series that raises small-town problems and their solutions to an art form."
The dangers of internet dating surprise the chief of police in a small Texas town. Read full book review >

ADÈLE by Leila Slimani
by Leila Slimani, translated by Sam Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Franco-Moroccan author Slimani (The Perfect Nanny, 2018) delivers an unflinching exploration of female self-sacrifice and the elusive nature of satisfaction."
A sex-obsessed woman spirals out of control in this artful, edgy novel. Read full book review >
THE NOCILLA TRILOGY by Agustín Fernández Mallo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Sometimes puzzling, even inexplicable, but rich. Just the thing for fans of Cortázar—and Borges, too."
Avant-garde Spanish writer Fernández Mallo delivers a curious blockbuster, comprising three novels published separately in Spain from 2006 to 2009: Nocilla Dream, Nocilla Experience, and Nocilla Lab. Read full book review >
NO MERCY by Joanna Schaffhausen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Ultimately, this remains more superficially focused on sparking potential romance than creating the same creepy thrills that made Schaffhausen's debut (The Vanishing Season, 2017) so memorable."
A childhood kidnap victim-turned-cop looks to the FBI agent who rescued her for help in tracking a serial sex criminal in a case that may change their relationship forever. Read full book review >

YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS by Kristen Roupenian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Unsettling, memorable, and—maybe perversely—very, very fun."
When Roupenian's "Cat Person" was published in the New Yorker, it quickly became a cultural phenomenon. It's unheard of for a short story to go viral, but "Cat Person"—through a combination of impossibly sharp writing and impossibly good timing—had done it. A year later, Roupenian's debut collection proves that success wasn't a fluke. Read full book review >
MOTHERS by Chris  Power
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Despite its uneven moments, Power's wide-ranging debut is confident, complex, bizarre, poignant, and elegantly crafted—a very strong collection."
Sweden, Mexico, England, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Ireland, Austria, Sweden again, and again, Paris, America, and etc. Read full book review >
UNDER WATER by J.L. Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"This slowly building novel avoids stereotype, offering a captivating narrative with nuanced perceptions of death, love, and cathartic self-discovery. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Khosi, a 17-year-old Zulu woman, seeks to fully inhabit both spiritual traditions in which she was raised while struggling to support her younger sister, Zi. Read full book review >
NO SUNSCREEN FOR THE DEAD by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"All Dorsey mayhem is vintage Dorsey mayhem, but Florida's retirement scene provides the perfect backdrop for this latest round of lunacy."
Florida's biggest—and craziest—fan discovers the Sunshine State's greatest natural resource: old folks. Read full book review >
AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE by JoAnn Chaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A perfectly paced, shock-studded chiller from an author to watch."
Marriage is murder in Chaney's creepy new tale of deadly domestic woe. Read full book review >
MALA VIDA by Marc Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A diabolically forceful crime novel that takes all the noir tropes and uses them in foreign territory to great effect."
A dogged investigative journalist hunts a killer with a deeply personal agenda in contemporary Spain. Read full book review >
THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM by Marie Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A captivating story of a complicated woman blazing new trails."
One of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen, Hedy Lamarr also designed a secret weapon against Nazi Germany. 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 >