Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE GOOD LIFE by Marian Thurm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"Thurm simultaneously creates and destroys a brightly detailed domestic world in this relentlessly paced, ultimately pitch-dark emotional thriller."
A happy family on vacation in Florida is revealed to be a ticking bomb. Read full book review >
FLASH CRASH by Denison Hatch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2016

"A thriller that's a little too convoluted for its own good but succeeds at updating the Masters of the Universe mindset to the present."
In Hatch's debut novel, a Wall Street worker becomes the victim of an extortion scheme that ultimately forces him to confront his past. Read full book review >

MAISIE AT 8000 FEET by Frederick Reuss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Reuss has given us a fascinating novel about interesting people who become fully formed in his writing, but the story never quite does."
A middle-aged woman traces her father's past on foot, by car, and from the sky as she uses her ability to fly. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE IN THE CASTLE by Joan Aiken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Sprightly but brooding, with well-defined plots, twists, and punch lines, these stories deserve a place on the shelf with the fantasies of Saki (H.H. Munro), Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Susanna Clarke."
A welcome anthology of fantasy stories by a 20th-century master. Read full book review >
EAR TO THE GROUND by Paul Kolsby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A fast, high-spirited sendup."
Hollywood cashes in on the prediction of a catastrophic earthquake in this comic novel by LA insiders Ulin (Sidewalking, 2015, etc.) and Kolsby (a film and TV writer).Read full book review >

MOST WANTED by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"The fairy-tale ending calls for some convenient coincidences and changes of heart, but Scottoline's legion of fans will be too relieved to object."
A Connecticut teacher's long-sought and hard-fought pregnancy turns into a nightmare when Scottoline (Corrupted, 2015, etc.) unleashes one of her irresistible hooks on her. Read full book review >
THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A little uneven and with an abundance of detail that occasionally slows the pace, this is still an appealing story from a romantic-suspense favorite."
Nearly 20 years after bringing her serial-killer father to justice, a photographer begins to settle into a new life only to discover that a murderous stalker is after her—and may have been collecting his own victims along the way. Read full book review >
DYING FOR A TASTE by Leslie Karst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Karst's series debut features a spunky heroine, a mystery loaded with red herrings, oodles of food lore, and the requisite appended recipes."
A California lawyer-turned-restaurateur adds sleuthing to her resume. Read full book review >
TITANS by Leila Meacham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Emotions bubble up to the surface, but Meacham doesn't quite drill to the source, making an impressive dig into turn-of-the-century Texas come up empty."
Lies, betrayal, and black gold seep through this epic saga of separated fraternal twins who are reunited at the dawn of the oil boom in early 1900s Texas. Read full book review >
A SHADOW ALL OF LIGHT by Fred Chappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Given Chappell's stellar reputation as a fantasist, more than a little disappointing, although readers who enjoyed the magazine stories will dive right in."
A picaresque, Italianate shadow-magic story sequence—several elements of which have previously appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine—from poet and fantasist Chappell (Dagon, 1968, etc.).Read full book review >
POISONOUS by Allison Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"This novel, aptly named, won't win Brennan new fans but will doubtless please established ones."
Brennan (No Good Deed, 2015, etc.) trots out her newest character, muckraking investigative reporter Maxine "Max" Revere, who's back in California to solve another crime.Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE HOUR by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Whatever else you can say about appealing Penny, she doesn't let romance distract her from her search for a killer. Information about appraisals and local color enhance the story's charm but fail to make it very mysterious."
Murder is an unintended consequence when Antiques Cymru comes to a Welsh town.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >