Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

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 >

HUCK OUT WEST by Robert Coover
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"This novel reminds us that the more things change, the more they stay the same."
Revisiting Huckleberry Finn's America—by picking up where Mark Twain left off. Read full book review >
CONTAINMENT by Hank Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"With a nice little zinger at the end, this is a satisfying tale told by an expert on bioterrorism."
A fast-moving debut biothriller featuring a mad scientist and his icky pets. Read full book review >
LITTLE HEAVEN by Nick Cutter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The early sections have enough dark humor to give a false sense of security. But once the team reaches Little Heaven, the pace of the horror is unrelenting."
Little Heaven, as described by Cutter (the pseudonym of Canadian writer Craig Davidson), is a big slice of hell. And this deeply disturbing story throws the reader right into the thick of it, along with a trio of mercenaries who encounter the supernatural within a Jonestown-like religious compound. Read full book review >
FEAR IS THE RIDER by Kenneth Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"This fast and precise thriller features perpetual motion but feels stuck in a low gear."
A humanoid killer pursues a couple through the Australian Outback in this compact thriller. Read full book review >
LUCKY BOY by Shanthi Sekaran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A superbly crafted and engrossing novel."
Two very different women reckon with pregnancy, childbirth, and the meaning of family in Berkeley, California. Read full book review >
THE DARK ROOM by Jonathan  Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"San Francisco has never been so menacing."
Moore's (The Poison Artist, 2016, etc.) complex and often deeply disturbing crime noir set in the City by the Bay delves into dark subjects and the insidious nature of true evil. Read full book review >
BURNING BRIGHT by Nicholas Petrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Another fine thriller in what's shaping up to be a hell of a series."
Ex-Marine and damaged combat vet Peter Ash returns after his harrowing debut (The Drifter, 2016). 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 >