Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE EXIT COACH by Megan Staffel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"These stories feel like portraits of lives scaled down to pivotal moments, but together they form a mural of humanity in common."
A novella and six short stories each find people on the brink of change. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A novel as insubstantial as the ghosts who haunt it."
A malicious ghost violently resists the destruction of her home in this stand-alone supernatural thriller. Read full book review >

THE CAROUSEL OF DESIRE by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Middling literary erotica: not quite Kundera but raw enough to satisfy a curious teenager."
"He had made love to her so well that she hated him": a steamy Belgian bestseller makes its way across the pond. Read full book review >
THE WONDER by Emma Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Her contemporary thriller Room (2010) made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine."
An English nurse confronts Irish history and entrenched prejudices—some of them hers—in this stinging latest from Donoghue (Frog Music, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
DEAD SOULS by J. Lincoln Fenn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A wild, well-written novel that fuels suspicions about what might be going on in our oh-so-unbalanced world."
An uninhibited thriller with a dash of social commentary where the devil is in the details. Read full book review >

LAW AND DISORDER by Mike Papantonio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"As one of his stricken enemies muses about the hero, 'The man had more lives than a cat' —an assessment that economically conveys both the moral complexity of the legal universe on display here and the guileless appeal of Papantonio's bumper-sticker prose."
Attorney/radio interviewer/nonfiction author Papantonio (Air America: The Playbook, 2006, etc.) debuts a Florida lawyer hero who'd look a lot like him if his fictional avatar's busy professional docket weren't complicated by his own trial for manslaughter. Read full book review >
THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW'D by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Although she seems for quite a while to be relying on good contacts and good luck, Bradley's preteen heroine comes through in the end with a series of deductions so clever she wants to hug herself. So will you."
Banished from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in far-off Toronto (As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, 2015, etc.) and sent back home to England, Flavia de Luce wants nothing more than to hug her beloved father. Fate has other plans. Read full book review >
THE REAL LIDDY JAMES by Anne-Marie Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Liddy is a memorable character who could easily appear again as The New and Improved Liddy James in Casey's next novel. Let's hope so."
A powerful divorce attorney, Liddy James races through life under a shiny veneer of confidence that covers her loneliness and insecurity. Read full book review >
BLIND SIGHT  by Carol O'Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Colorful and appealing (or appalling) characters make this one a winner for crime-fic fans."
The twelfth in a series of clever crime novels featuring scary-smart Kathy Mallory (It Happens in the Dark, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THE VANISHED by Lotte Hammer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Ridiculous coincidence aside, this Danish sleeping pill proves thin on story."
Scandinavian noir crime fiction continues to pile up the body count in this latest by the Danish Hammer siblings. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD by Stephanie Bishop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An artfully rendered meditation on marriage, home, and identity."
Charlotte, a young mother in 1960s Cambridge, England, longs for her pre-baby artist self. Read full book review >
THE KEPT WOMAN by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Middling for a matchless series (Unseen, 2013, etc.) in which, just as in grand opera, nothing ordinary ever happens."
After two intense stand-alones (Pretty Girls, 2015, etc.), Slaughter brings back the regulars whose personal problems are just as dark, urgent, and potentially violent as those of the criminals they investigate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >