Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A solid and quick-paced thriller—but one that seems to feature a pop-up psychopath behind every door and under every bed."
Swanson's third thriller, after The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (2014) and The Kind Worth Killing (2015), nods both to the Leopold & Loeb case and to Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley, offering twists and intensity aplenty. Read full book review >
TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Beneath the momentum of the investigation lies a pervasive sadness that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page."
A Pennsylvania police officer digs deep, then still deeper, into the mystery of an inexplicably slaughtered family. Read full book review >

ADRIFT by Micki Browning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Browning's debut can verge on cliché, and she seems reluctant to flesh out her supporting cast, but the main action of the story flows smoothly."
A dive gone wrong forces a normally grounded diver to open her mind to the possibility of supernatural interference. Read full book review >
A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING by Deanna Raybourn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Although Raybourn's wit and whimsy veer dangerously close to the twee, you have to admire her self-sufficient heroine, who divides her attention so comfortably between lepidoptery and Victorian sexcapades."
An unconventional 19th-century sleuth and her equally eccentric sidekick uncover dark secrets of the upper class in this sequel to A Curious Beginning (2015). Read full book review >
ALWAYS HAPPY HOUR by Mary Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Like a two-for-one drink special or a boxful of beer, this bracingly strong collection may prove intoxicating."
A sense of detachment permeates the lives of the women in this short story collection, yet readers will find themselves riveted. Read full book review >

THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH by Lindsey Lee Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Hella effort but may not make bank."
Kids face every possible pitfall of modern adolescence as they go from eighth grade to senior year of high school in Mill Valley, California. Read full book review >
A LIST OF CAGES by Robin Roe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being seen. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In her debut, Roe tells the story of a friendship between two young men who will linger in the thoughts and minds of readers long after the final page is turned. Read full book review >
THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY by Susan Rivers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A compulsively readable work that takes on the legacy of slavery in the United States, the struggles specific to women, and the possibilities for empathy and forgiveness."
Diary entries and letters form the basis of this novel about one woman's experiences during the Civil War. Read full book review >
THE AFTERLIFE OF STARS by Joseph Kertes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Kertes' voice is a lyrical one, and his work is frequently moving, but long passages seem to wash by without fully convincing the reader they've actually happened."
Two boys flee the 1956 Russian occupation of Budapest. Read full book review >
SLEEPING MASK by Peter LaSalle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"LaSalle's prose is lyrical, at times rhapsodic, and his characters memorable."
Twelve stories in a range of styles, each haunting and evocative. Read full book review >
THE BUTCHER'S HOOK by Janet Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Cinderella turns the tables in this gruesome yet engrossing fairy tale that begs for a sequel."
In an isolated manor on the outskirts of London in 1763, 19-year-old Anne Jaccob has reached the end of hope. What can come after but revenge? Read full book review >
GLAXO by Hernan Ronsino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An atmospheric mystery that is never obvious."
Argentine novelist Ronsino's debut in English, a brief, brooding novel set on the windswept edge of the pampas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >