Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

A REMARKABLE KINDNESS by Diana Bletter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Standard heartache and uplift."
The first novel by American-born Israel resident Bletter (The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, 1989) tells the story of four American women living in Peleg, a village on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Read full book review >
BECOMING ELLEN by Shari Shattuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A tale of kindhearted, hesitant heroism, with a little vigilante justice."
Ellen and her blind best friend, Temerity, again take on the wrongs of this world, letting neither emotional scarring nor physical disability stand in their way. Read full book review >

PRODIGIES by Angélica Gorodischer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Gorodischer writes a poetic, vigorous prose. Her story, dreamlike and start-and-stop, takes effort, for though brief, it is dense—and well worth the trouble."
Pensive, slowly paced study of decidedly nonromantic lives in Romantic-era Saxony. Read full book review >
COLLECTOR OF SECRETS by Richard Goodfellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An enjoyable first novel that never bogs down as it races to a satisfying finish. Bring on the next installment of Max Travers adventures, please."
A fast-moving and well-researched debut thriller filled with intrigue, conspiracies, and Japanese culture. Read full book review >
THE BEAT GOES ON by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Rankin's (Saints of the Shadow Bible, 2014, etc.) canny cop is as gray and dour as his Edinburgh beat, but he's in fine form in these clever, occasionally touching, and often wryly funny vignettes."
Rebus fans, rejoice: here are one novella, two new stories, and 28 reprinted tales about veteran detective John Rebus. Read full book review >

THE COLOR OF SMOKE by Menyhért Lakatos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A rare, observant, but rough-around-the-edges snapshot of Romany life."
A picaresque tale of the struggles of the Romany (also known as the Gypsies) in Hungary before World War II, appearing for the first time in English since its publication in 1975. Read full book review >
WHO DO YOU LOVE by Jennifer Weiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"This moving story of love that spans a lifetime is Weiner at her heartstring-tugging best."
Andy and Rachel fall in love and fall apart, over and over, in this emotional outing from Weiner (All Fall Down, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
BLACK-EYED SUSANS by Julia Heaberlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Heaberlin takes what could have been the ingredients for just another episode of CSI and turns them into a truly compelling tale of the fragility of memory and elusive redemption."
As the only survivor of a serial killer, Tessa Cartwright has spent the last 20 years trying to forget her past, but when the killer's execution date looms, she begins questioning everything she once believed. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTNING STONES by Jack Du Brul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"'Climatology has been hijacked by politicians and environmental activists,' and now by Du Brul. Add science fantasy, and it makes for good action-adventure."
Du Brul (Havoc, 2006, etc.) moves from co-writing Clive Cussler books back to his own intrepid geologist, Philip Mercer, for another adventure where science meets special ops.Read full book review >
THE SCAMP by Jennifer Pashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family's secrets and a girl's determination to take control after a childhood 'that rips you apart so your insides are one big scar.'"
A chance meeting at a bar draws a young woman into an investigation that unexpectedly brings her answers about her long-lost cousin. Read full book review >
THE LONG FIRE by Meghan Tifft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"An unusual, strikingly written novel about a young woman's desire for understanding and love and how that longing remains familiar in even the most eccentric of circumstances."
A debut novel about a strangely appealing heroine whose lonely search for understanding plunges her into the dark weirdness of her family history. Read full book review >
FOOL ME ONCE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Even if the mystery is fairly standard, Alanis' sophomore adventure (The White Magic Five and Dime, 2014) is delightfully quirky. As a bonus, several informative tarot readings are embedded in the narrative, and each chapter begins with a pertinent card and quotation."
A wisecracking magic-shop owner turns sleuth to exonerate a friend from a murder rap. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >