Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
THE ANTIQUES by Kris D'Agostino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A family in a thoroughly modern mess, played for laughs."
Screwed-up siblings rush home to upstate New York to say goodbye to their father during a hurricane. Read full book review >

DOCTOROW by E.L. Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"This book leaves us to wonder about both the authority of the project and also its intention—whether or to what extent, in other words, the author's legacy is being served."
Doctorow wrote some powerful short stories, but it's not clear why they need to be collected again. Read full book review >
THE DRY by Jane Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A chilling story set under a blistering sun, this fine debut will keep readers on edge and awake long past bedtime."
A mystery that starts with a sad homecoming quickly turns into a nail-biting thriller about family, friends, and forensic accounting. Read full book review >
THE BID by Adrian Magson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2017

"Much of the pleasure in reading this tangled yarn from the prolific Magson (Hard Cover, 2016, etc.) comes from putting the pieces together along with his pair of sleuths. Though the story unfolds predictably, they have nice chemistry and banter with aplomb."
With the stakes high and time running out, two security experts try to piece together the last hours of a missing client. Read full book review >
THE ELUSIVE ELIXIR  by Gigi Pandian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2017

"The unbelievable premise is no problem given the inventive powers of Pandian, whose alchemist series (The Masquerading Magician, 2016, etc.) is enriched this time by her sharper focus on developing her characters' back stories."
A gifted alchemist may have to choose between rescuing a friend and keeping her own identity secret. Read full book review >
A FATAL TWIST by Tracy Weber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2017

"Though Weber tries to liven up her lead's life in her latest (Karma's a Killer, 2016, etc.), she's less focused on fun than others in the dog/yoga/mystery genre."
A yoga instructor who wants the inner peace of knowing her student is innocent must get her hands dirty in a murder investigation. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND BONE  by Valentina Giambanco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"Evocative writing spoiled by complicated dueling plotlines and oddities that pull the reader away from the rainy, dark streets of a city under siege."
Giambanco's (The Dark, 2014, etc.) Seattle-based detective tackles a new case while navigating her thorny past as two killers stalk the city. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH LETTER by Nicola Moriarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"Shallow characters and an obviously manipulated plot defeat the usually winning trifecta of friendship, marriage, and motherhood."
There are unexpected consequences after four 30-ish women share a weekend of drinking and revealing—or not revealing—secrets in this debut Australian novel. 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 >