Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

And Wind Will Wash Away by Jordan A. Rothacker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A penetrating, provocative tale of a detective who psychoanalyzes as often as he investigates."
An Atlanta detective, hoping to explain his mistress's fiery death, dives into a world rife with strange religious beliefs in Rothacker's (The Pit, and No Other Stories, 2015, etc.) unconventional thriller.Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE HEIST  by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A breezy romance that may appeal to summer readers looking for sexy sun and fun rather than depth or intricacy of plot."
With a cache of stolen diamonds at stake, two strangers-turned-lovers and investigative partners discover that the fun may be over when their trust in each other is tested. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >