Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION by Elyssa Friedland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A timely premise feels tired in Friedland's debut."
An Internet-addicted New York City woman quits cold turkey and relearns how to exist in the world sans smartphone. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTELY TRUE LIES by Rachel Stuhler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Stuhler uses her own experience as a ghostwriter for the Hollywood elite in this fun and satisfying behind-the-scenes debut novel."
A struggling writer suddenly finds herself at the center of a young starlet's world. Read full book review >

THE GUILD OF SAINT COOPER by Shya Scanlon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"An inventive but baffling literary experiment that makes just as much sense as the end of Twin Peaks."
In a near-future Seattle undergoing a slow apocalypse, a writer is convinced to undertake a heroic mission to save the city by rewriting its history. Read full book review >
GIRL IN THE MOONLIGHT by Charles Dubow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A story of the most interesting people you will ever know, told with style and verve."
In Dubow's second novel (Indiscretion, 2013)—pleasingly reminiscent of Maugham and Fitzgerald—our hero narrates a lifetime spent adoring one impossibly beautiful, out-of-reach woman. Read full book review >
BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT by Neal Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Over-the-top evil turns this otherwise excellent first novel into an exercise in extremes, but even at its worst, Griffin's work proves superior to the unrealistic fare that often passes for a police thriller."
Griffin's debut novel propels readers into the chilling worlds of big-money drugs, small-town corruption, and a murderer who strikes without conscience. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF STONE by Jonathan Papernick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Papernick (The Ascent of Eli Israel, 2002, etc.) plows fresh ground in this terrorist thriller, but for all the book's strong background elements, the young protagonist is such a mess that he loses the reader's interest."
Following the death of his father, a disgraced judge, psychologically disheveled Matthew Stone is drawn into a pre-9/11 terrorist plot by Jewish extremists in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
WHERE by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"An intriguing, but ultimately underdeveloped, premise that doesn't pay off."
A paranormal mystery about what happens when a whole town goes missing. Read full book review >
LOVE IS RED by Sophie Jaff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Katherine—and the police investigating the Sickle Man murders—could have saved time and solved the case much faster by consulting any number of stronger examples in the serial-killer subgenre."
A serial killer and the woman he covets play an elaborate game of cat and mouse in this over-the-top thriller. Read full book review >
EAT MY HEART OUT by Zoe Pilger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A darkly funny, outrageous, and unromantic novel about a young woman obsessed with love."
Gleeful weirdness and vicious satire come together in a debut novel that follows an awful yet surprisingly likable young woman as she attempts to navigate the painful confusions of love, herself, and other people. Read full book review >
ONE RAINY DAY IN MAY by Mark Z. Danielewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"And as for all the loose ends? No worries—there are 26 volumes to come in which to tie them up."
Fabulist and avant-gardist Danielewski (House of Leaves, 2000, etc.) embarks upon a long-promised 27-volume fantasia with this sprawling, continent-hopping potpourri.Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >