Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

THE HEART OF THE ORDER by Theo Schell-Lambert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"It's the narrator's blandness, rather than the lack of plot, that will doom the novel for fans and nonfans alike."
A first novel that's a monologue: an injured major league baseball player describes his rehab. Read full book review >
DAY FOUR by Sarah Lotz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A little creepy but juggling too many narrative (and horror-movie) threads."
After three days of fun, sun, and excess, a cruise ship suddenly loses all contact with the outside world. The beleaguered passengers and crew soon find themselves fighting off the norovirus, lots of creepy noises, a few ghosts, and, eventually, each other. Read full book review >

MARGARET OF ANJOU by Conn Iggulden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Highly readable as a stand-alone novel, but those who loved Stormbird will be anticipating Iggulden's take on the mesmerizing Richard III."
In the second volume of his War of the Roses trilogy, Iggulden (Stormbird, 2014, etc.) follows beautiful young Queen Margaret as she defends the Lancaster realm against York rebels.Read full book review >
THE WILD INSIDE by Christine Carbo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"While the park setting's attractive and has potential, the excessive detail and avalanche of characters, combined with a protagonist who doesn't seem all that competent, get in the way of narrative drive."
Grizzly bears, murder, mauling, and mayhem mix in Carbo's debut novel. Read full book review >
CHARLIE MARTZ AND OTHER STORIES by Elmore Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Not by any means apprentice work—Leonard's first four novels appeared over the same period as these stories—but interesting mostly for the signs and promises of the author's future laconic command of dialogue and action and his knowing, lazy, wryly amused trademark voice."
Fifteen mostly unpublished stories—Westerns, war stories, dispatches from Detroit—written in the 1950s. Read full book review >

IN THE COUNTRY by Mia Alvar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A triumphant, singular collection deserving of every accolade it will likely receive."
In this debut collection, Filipino students, teachers, activists, maids, and chauffeurs negotiate their lives under martial law at home and seek fortune abroad in the Middle East and New York. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A wholly original, engrossing, disturbing, and beautiful book. You've never read anything quite like this, and you won't soon forget it."
A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge from debut novelist Hawkins. Read full book review >
THE GOVERNOR'S WIFE by Michael Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Harvey makes political corruption personal: this isn't a story of anonymous millions being shuffled between various offshore accounts. The consequence of every decision in Kelly's gritty world bleeds."
A seasoned PI tackles Chicago corruption head-on when he's hired to look into the disappearance of a popular but dirty governor. Read full book review >
HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN by Rob Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Rough in its language, physical violence, and reminders of youth's potential for anything, the book joins a respectable literary line dating back to A Clockwork Orange, if not Tom Jones and Vanity Fair."
In 2003, amid boom times in Ireland, three teenagers spend the summer high on everything but life in this intense, at times nightmarish, debut. Read full book review >
PARADISE SKY by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Noting that he's starred in many a dime novel penned by his old friend Bronco Bob Brennen, the narrator maintains in closing: 'Here is the straight record.' That assurance is a lot harder to swallow than the rest of this tall tale, which goes down smooth and easy as a vintage sarsaparilla."
How did Deadwood Dick get his name? Readers can learn this, and a whole lot more, in this picaresque Western from a master of the form (The Thicket, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
SUMMERLONG by Dean Bakopoulos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A well-intentioned and provocative, if messy, attempt to mess with the stock themes of domesticity."
An Iowa college town is ground zero for a host of relationship dramas in this provocative, sultry tale. Read full book review >
LOVE MAY FAIL by Matthew Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"An overstuffed ode to bygone pop culture and the unattainable literary life."
When a metal head princess, a reformed junkie, a fast-talking woman of God, and a despondent retired teacher walk into a book, unpredictable chaos ensues. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >