Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

OREO by Fran Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Criminally overlooked. A knockout."
A biracial girl brought up by her black grandparents sets off on a quest to find her long-lost Jewish father in Ross' brilliant and biting satire. Read full book review >
THE SHAPESHIFTERS by Stefan Spjut
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A disturbingly dark and strangely realistic novel of suspense and myth that will appeal to enthusiasts of both mysteries and more fantastical fiction."
In his first novel to be available in English, Spjut offers readers a substantial, menacing thriller that combines familiar elements of Scandinavian crime fiction with Swedish mythology. Read full book review >

THE UNNOTICEABLES by Robert Brockway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A nasty, freaky, and haphazardly funny horror story."
A punk-rock vagabond circa 1977 and a struggling Hollywood stuntwoman circa 2013 find themselves connected through a grotesque paranormal underground society. Read full book review >
THE WILD GIRL by Kate Forsyth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"In the bleak pages of history, Forsyth finds a story of enduring love and artistic integrity—her retelling is a fairy tale in itself."
Forsyth (Bitter Greens, 2014, etc.) unearths a beautiful love story in the making of the Grimm brothers' fairy-tale collection amid the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars.Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS by Wendy Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A compassionate and warm family drama filled to the brim with characters who feel like old friends."
A traditional family trip is fraught with complications in Francis' (Three Good Things, 2013) second novel.Read full book review >

A PARIS AFFAIR by Tatiana de Rosnay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Stylized sketches rather than fully realized fiction."
De Rosnay's stories demonstrate 11 ways to deceive and/or leave your lover. Read full book review >
THE CAPTIVE CONDITION by Kevin P. Keating
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"There's a substantial gap between the author's dark vision and the characters who must enact it."
Keating's second novel is a study of small-town misery and depravity, with Gothic trimmings. Read full book review >
BRADSTREET GATE by Robin Kirman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"This novel reads dangerously like Donna Tartt lite."
An Ivy League senior's unsolved murder may or may not involve, but certainly affects, three students and the charismatic professor authorities suspect but never charge with the crime. Read full book review >
THE FLYING CIRCUS by Susan Crandall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"An engaging road saga that hits some potholes—or air pockets—along the way."
Picaresque tour of mid-America in the aftermath of the Great War, bringing together a fugitive, a jaded flier, an escapee former heiress—and a very cute puppy. Read full book review >
A NECESSARY END by Holly Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Unlikable people doing bad things to one another."
What could go wrong with an open adoption among a woman desperate for a baby, her less-enthusiastic husband, and the strange young woman who demands a very special price for relinquishing her child? In Brown's second novel, just about everything. Read full book review >
LOVE AND OTHER WOUNDS by Jordan Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Bottom-line survival competes hard against issues of loyalty, friendship, and family in this disturbing, sometimes-ugly version of reality."
Criminals, lowlifes, and losers—many of them also quixotic romantics—people Harper's first collection of short stories, which are set mostly in the Ozarks with side trips to cities like Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Read full book review >
TAKING PITY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mark's fourth (Sorrow Bound, 2014, etc.) is a dark, bloody, twisting tale of love, hate, and greed you can't put down."
The Serious and Organized Crime Unit battles a vast criminal organization. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >