Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

TADUNO'S SONG by Odafe Atogun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2017

"Not quite with the narrative power of Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Wizard of the Crow, yet, but a fine beginning to what we hope will be a fruitful career."
Debut novelist Atogun delivers a fine, allusive challenge to the dictators who infest Africa—and the world. Read full book review >
THE TROPHY CHILD by Paula Daly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2017

"Fluffy enough to read in one sitting; ruthless enough to suggest that some people deserve what they get."
When someone murders a notorious "tiger mother," an intrepid detective with a secret must investigate the plethora of suspects in Daly's (The Mistake I Made, 2015, etc.) domestic mystery. Read full book review >

THE ONE-EYED MAN by Ron Currie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2017

"Even though the over-the-top ending sputters into a wild tailspin, Currie's caustic humor and deadly sarcastic bite win out."
A Swift-ian morality tale about a land of "hysteria and half-truths." Read full book review >
LOVER by Anna Raverat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2017

"There are amusing moments and passing insights into the unraveling of upper-middle-class marriages. In the end, though, the novel lacks the originality and spark to differentiate it from the many cheating-heart sagas that have preceded it."
In her American debut, English novelist Raverat describes the ordeal of a woman who learns her husband of 10 years has been unfaithful after she peruses his email. Read full book review >
THE SAGA OF BRIDGET AND AMANDA by Carole Love Forbes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2017

"A gripping tale of loss and hope that will particularly appeal to champions of women's rights."
Young women in the 17th century struggle to rise above religious oppression, gender inequality and personal misfortune in this debut historical novel. Read full book review >

THE DAHLIA FIELD by Henry Alley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2017

"A fine collection that explores and celebrates the ebb and flow of gay life."
Gay men struggle to find love in straitened circumstances in this volume of short stories. Read full book review >
CONCEPCION AND THE BABY BROKERS by Deborah Clearman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2017

"Stories of strength and ethical quandary, but inconsistently rendered."
A collection of stories about hard choices borne of desperation and the stark delineations between classes in both Guatemala and the United States. Read full book review >
A HEAD IN CAMBODIA by Nancy Tingley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2017

"Tingley's debut is more travelogue than mystery, with some crucial plot points left unexplained—a pleasant diversion for a plane ride to the reader's own adventure."
An unlikely California curator investigating Cambodian art forgery stumbles onto murder. Read full book review >
SERPENTINE by Peter Parkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2017

"Parkin and Darby can't write a memorable sentence between them, but they do keep the paranoid complications coming fast and furious. Be warned: every explanation of how a particularly impressive bit of technology is supposed to work indicates that this time it won't."
A roller coaster run amok is only the curtain raiser in this blood-and-thunder tale of Americans doing what they do best: neutralizing domestic saboteurs who also happen to be Americans. Read full book review >
FIRE IS YOUR WATER by Jim Minick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2017

"A compassionate exploration of faith and doubt and a tender (if slightly sentimental) portrait of young love."
A young faith healer and a nonbeliever embark on an unlikely romance. Read full book review >
THE REMNANT by Charlie Fletcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A thoroughly enjoyable conclusion, the trilogy satisfyingly complete yet perfectly set up for future extensions."
Final installment (The Paradox, 2015, etc.) of Fletcher's rich and splendid Victorian gothic fantasy trilogy, and once again independently intelligible. Read full book review >
RENEGADE RED by Lauren Bird Horowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bloody, action-stuffed rescue mission in the supernatural world of the Fae."
In Book 2 of Horowitz's (Shattered Blue, 2015) YA fantasy series, The Light Trilogy, a teen's battle with brutal metaphysical forces develops her inner skills. 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 >