Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

ELEGIES FOR UNCANNY GIRLS  by Jennifer Colville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2017

"An inconsistent, but frequently luminous, debut."
Ten stories that reveal the strangeness and beauty of female experience. Read full book review >
THE HOUSEKEEPER by Suellen Dainty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"Secrets abound in this spellbinding Gothic-tinged mystery."
After her boyfriend drops her for a more glamorous girlfriend, Anne Morgan decides to lie low for a bit, taking a job as a housekeeper for a famous couple. But the career move may not be as restful as she had hoped. Read full book review >

THE YOUNG WIDOWER'S HANDBOOK by Tom McAllister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"A quirky, well-told fiction debut from McAllister (Bury Me in My Jersey: A Memoir of My Father, Football, and Philly, 2010) that doesn't cover any new ground in exploring the sudden loss of a spouse but covers it differently."
Twenty-nine-year-old Hunter Cady, who describes himself as "actually about fifteen when it comes to real life experience," finds in Kait, his wife, a person who "anchored him to the world." Read full book review >
LAST RITES by John Humphries
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"With too much going on at once, the book never really decides on a narrative, much less a genre."
A mysterious phone call leads to a world of complications in Welsh journalist Humphries' first work of fiction, which reads at various times like a supernatural thriller, a murder mystery, a World War II novel, a tale of international intrigue, and a study of obscure European history. Read full book review >
ONE GOOD MAMA BONE by Bren McClain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"A thought-provoking story about families and the animals who sustain them."
A single mother and her son raise a steer with hopes of winning a cash prize in the local 4-H competition. Read full book review >

WHEN MORNING COMES by Arushi Raina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"This timely reminder of the power and passion of young people contextualizes current student protests by honoring those of the past. (historical note, glossary, glossary sources) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
In her debut novel, Raina applies the now-familiar "teenage girl takes on the government" trope to the Soweto uprising of June 1976. Read full book review >
Earth: Legend of the End by Adam Hatefi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"This scanty apocalyptic tale has heroes galore but not much substance."
Legendary figures battle over the fate of the world in Hatefi's debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
THREE MASQUERADES by Rachel Ingalls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"People who think they don't like horror stories are going to be very surprised."
Three novellas by a little-known master of horror visit luxurious locations in the twilight zone. Read full book review >
AHGOTTAHANDLEONIT by Donovan Mixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An existential examination of the cycle of violence. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
No, Tim definitely doesn't have a handle on it. Read full book review >
JUDAS SON OF SIMON by Daniel Molyneux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Period particulars augment this multilayered portrayal of Judas."
Molyneux's (Elia's Proverbs, 2015, etc.) novel follows the life of the disciple Judas. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
THE FAITHFUL ONE by Michele Chynoweth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A well-constructed, if rather straightforward, modern adaptation of the Book of Job."
Chynoweth (The Runaway Prophet, 2016, etc.) retells the biblical story of Job in this contemporary novel.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >