Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

DEAD MAN SWITCH by Matthew Quirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"An excellent follow-up to Cold Barrel Zero (2015), this is a standout thriller."
An underground network of U.S. operatives contracted by the government to kill terrorists has been exposed, leaving the Special Ops and their families vulnerable to foreign assassins. Read full book review >
LOLA by Melissa Scrivner Love
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Despite a striking premise and a strong start, this novel wears thin."
A few edgy weeks in the life of a woman gang leader on the eastern edge of South Central Los Angeles. Read full book review >

THE EXPLODED VIEW by Ivan Vladislavic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Vladislavic's plain and understated style gives force to the longing and frustrated desires of his characters."
These four short stories set in South Africa focus on mildly unsuccessful people with modest ambitions who are continually thwarted either by chance or by their own inadequacies. Read full book review >
THE WIDOW'S HOUSE by Carol Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A spellbinding and delicious ghost story."
Hoping to rejuvenate their flagging writing careers, Clare and Jess Martin inadvertently move into a haunted house. Not everyone will survive. Read full book review >
A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"More like 'girl on a train wreck.'"
An insecure woman with an edgy past insinuates herself into the lives of a narcissistic, glamorous couple and finds herself in jeopardy. Read full book review >

HIMSELF by Jess Kidd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A darkly comic tale that is skillfully and lyrically told."
Lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony had always been told he was left on the steps of an orphanage as a baby. But a deathbed confession reveals that there might be more to the story. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL AND WEBSTER by Jean Hanff Korelitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A bit of a disappointment from a talented author."
The president of an elite New England college grapples with student protest in Korelitz's sixth novel (You Should Have Known, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Lisa See
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Still, a riveting exercise in fictional anthropology."
A woman from the Akha tribe of China's Yunnan province becomes a tea entrepreneur as her daughter grows up in California. Read full book review >
OUR SHORT HISTORY by Lauren Grodstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A poignant and realistic portrait of the struggles with ovarian cancer that chafes a bit against its frame."
This novel is posed as a book written by a mother with stage 4 ovarian cancer for her young son about her coming to terms with her mortality. Read full book review >
FIND ME by J.S. Monroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Fast-paced, satisfying, and, ultimately, life-affirming."
Monroe's debut thriller is a paranoiac's dream with plenty of twists. Read full book review >
GIRL IN DISGUISE by Greer Macallister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A celebration of a singular woman's life that's guided by facts but features some inviting imaginings."
The story of the very first female detective traces her growth from determined young woman to seasoned pro. Read full book review >
TEN MILES ONE WAY by Patrick Downes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"An intricate, unusual love story for readers attuned to compassion. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
While Nest hangs onto life after driving into a tree, Q, her sometimes-boyfriend, makes a written record of one shared day so that people will know she was loved. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >