Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

A GOOD KILLING by Allison Leotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"While readers may grow exasperated with Jody's stubborn and nonsensical refusal to come clean with her sister about her teenage contact with the victim, Leotta's growing skills turn dull Anna into a character who's not only worth reading about, but also one to look forward to in future works."
Dark secrets, a small town, and one supercharged trial provide the backdrops for Leotta's latest legal thriller. Read full book review >
THIS LIFE by Karel Schoeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"For all that Schoeman's novel summons up grand themes, its handling of them is subtle and sometimes mysterious, arriving at its most powerful moments unpredictably and honestly."
In this decades-spanning novel, an Afrikaner woman looks back at her life and the slow evolution of her family. Read full book review >

OUR TOWN by Kevin McEnroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"The novel often evokes the twilight graces of a classic pop ballad, each lyric evoked with care in a cocktail lounge by a soft, sultry voice etched with pain."
If Ernest Hemingway had chosen to write about late-20th-century Hollywood while wearing Tennessee Williams' sunglasses, the result might read very much like this. Read full book review >
LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"The promise of redemption in the end is not enough to balance the darkness."
Knoll's debut thriller is a dark, cynical psychological comment on our culture of excess and violence. Read full book review >
FELL OF DARK by Patrick Downes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A stunning debut novel that offers sophisticated readers a glimpse into the psychological disintegrations of two distinct characters. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Teenagers Erik and Thorn are descending into madness on converging paths, heading toward a ruinous first encounter with each other. Read full book review >

HOW TO START A FIRE by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"This novel is instantly forgettable. Fans and curious new readers should stick to Lutz's bestselling Izzy Spellman mystery series (The Last Word, 2013, etc.)."
Three friends try to muddle through their complicated lives. Read full book review >
DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME by Angela Readman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A strong collection in which elements of the strange are sustained by a surprising subtlety and understanding of human nature."
Basic human truths lie at the heart of every story in this collection, which ranges from the odd to the fantastic. Read full book review >
THE BLACK SNOW by Paul Lynch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Lynch evokes so many shades of guilt, pride, innocence, righteousness, and punishment that the book might help found a religion or maybe restore one's faith in a deity that could make a fine writer with one hand even if he unmade the Kanes with the other."
Life turns brutally cruel for a farming family of three in 1940s Ireland in this sad, haunting novel from a writer with a gift for language and character. Read full book review >
THE ANCHORESS by Robyn Cadwallader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Sympathetic, fully realized characters and good use of period details make this a winning work of historical fiction."
Quiet, assured debut novel set in medieval England, concerning a young woman's entry into the religious life—one as tumultuous as anything on the outside. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF ARON by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Ordinary people reveal dimensions that are extraordinarily cruel or kind."
An understated and devastating novel of the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation, as seen through the eyes of a street-wise boy. Read full book review >
THE DEATH'S HEAD CHESS CLUB by John Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"That's quite a talking cure."
This first novel ambitiously and awkwardly examines questions of guilt and forgiveness arising from the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Read full book review >
GIRL AT WAR by Sara Novic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Elegiac, and understandably if unrelievedly so, with a matter-of-factness about death and uprootedness. A promising start."
Understated, self-assured roman à clef of a young girl's coming of age in war-torn Croatia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >