Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

BEFORE THE WIND by Jim Lynch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Lynch dissects an uncommon family with, after all, more than one thing in common in a highly readable tale."
A cautionary tale of obsession and what it can cost tells of three generations whose devotion to sailing holds them together until it sunders them. Read full book review >
JOIN by Steve Toutonghi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A promising debut that aims high and doesn't quite get there, this one will appeal most to hard-core sci-fi fans who crave new ideas."
A heady sci-fi thriller about a world-altering technology—and its hidden costs. Read full book review >

THE EXILED by Christopher Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Edgy and satisfying. A sequel would be most welcome."
Under a pseudonym, the author of Jonah Man (2012) delivers a dark tale of a Brooklyn undercover cop who becomes a homicide detective in the Southwest.Read full book review >
COLD GIRL by R.M. Greenaway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Greenaway brings a keen understanding of love, loyalty, frailty, and greed to her multilayered series debut."
An uneasily matched police team searches for a young singer who's disappeared in a remote region of British Columbia. Read full book review >
THE LETTER WRITER by Dan Fesperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Fesperman gives us a well-crafted novel steeped in the politics and street life of 1940s New York, and in the letter writer, he's created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired."
Many mysteries play out on the big stage of World War II-era New York, where information is the currency of the times. Read full book review >

THE AGE OF TREACHERY by Gavin Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"The culprit is forgettable; the murder method, ingenious but wildly implausible; and the parade of real-life cameos, from J.R.R. Tolkien to Ian Fleming, increasingly tiresome. Even so, Forrester is excellent company, and fans will surely want to read his further adventures."
Screenwriter Scott's debut novel welcomes an Oxford don home from World War II with the spectacle of a colleague disliked by him and everyone else dead beneath his best friend's lodgings. Read full book review >
MAESTRA by L.S. Hilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Billed as erotic suspense, this is not a book for suspense fans; it's more a portrait of a sociopathic woman with a voracious appetite for sexual adventure."
Hilton's novel about a woman with exotic sexual appetites and a penchant for murdering those who cross her mixes blood and sex the way a bartender slaps together martinis. Read full book review >
THE LAND OF 10,000 MADONNAS by Kate Hattemer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"The narrative architecture collapses under its weak high concept, but sharp observation, sly humor, and moments of brilliance mitigate defects; if readers are left with crumbs, at least they're delicious. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Before dying from a congenital heart condition, Jesse liquidated his college fund to send his best friend, three cousins, and girlfriend to Europe; it's up to them to figure out why. Read full book review >
SAVING MONTGOMERY SOLE by Mariko Tamaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Offbeat and authentic—an uncommon treat. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
It's not easy being weird in tiny Aunty, California. Read full book review >
SELFIE by Amy Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2016

"A worthwhile if imperfect trip to Bluewater Bay, where agonizing grief is transformed by unconditional love."
A closeted movie star can't grieve the loss of his old love until a new love shows him the way. Read full book review >
Addicted To Love by Kathleen Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 18, 2016

"A trauma-filled book that misses the mark due to a frustrating lack of resolution."
In her debut novel, Murray chronicles the troubled life of a baby boomer who faces relentless travails, including sexual abuse and an unplanned teen pregnancy. Read full book review >
CAPITOL PUNISHMENT by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"It's nice to think there are worse crimes than those of state legislators and their enablers. Not much else in the way of sweetness and light here, though."
Disgraced Ohio State quarterback-turned-shamus Andy Hayes finally finds somebody more widely disliked than he is: a freelance online reporter who's up to his gigabytes in scandal. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >