Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE KIND WORTH KILLING by Peter Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"While there are twists, most of them are so clearly telegraphed that only the most careless of readers won't see what's coming, especially since Swanson needlessly doubles back over the same events from different points of view."
A chance airport meeting between strangers sets in motion a Strangers on a Train-inspired murder plot. Read full book review >
FIRE FLOWERS by Ben Byrne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Byrne's writing is clear and occasionally charming as he revisits this moment with a critical eye, even if his story never achieves a powerful narrative momentum."
First-time novelist Byrne explores the aftermath of the Allied bombings of Japan during World War II, both atomic and incendiary, as experienced by a varied cast of characters. Read full book review >

THE BIG SEVEN by Jim Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"After a lifetime of deep, dark fiction like Dalva (1988) and True North (2004), Harrison is entitled to relax with these autumnal ramblings."
Ex-cop Sunderson is as bemused as ever in Harrison's follow-up to The Great Leader (2011).Read full book review >
NEW USES FOR OLD BOYFRIENDS by Beth Kendrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An astute and charming look at friendship, love and self-discovery.
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After her glamorous life falls apart, Lila Alders is left with nothing; she returns home to Black Dog Bay to re-evaluate only to find her mother in crisis and her childhood home in jeopardy. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE by Jill Mansell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A graceful blend of heartbreak, humor and redemptive love."
A collection of would-be couples in Cornwall must overcome secrets, conflict and uncertainty to find love and their happy endings. Read full book review >

A HISTORY OF LONELINESS by John Boyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"There might have been more art in a subtler take on this Irish horror, but Boyne has conveyed well the message most needed, that silence and denial are heinous crimes as well."
A priest in Ireland provides a lens on his brethren's sexual abuse of young boys. Read full book review >
GET IN TROUBLE by Kelly Link
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Exquisite, cruelly wise and the opposite of reassuring, these stories linger like dreams and will leave readers looking over their shoulders for their own ghosts."
In stories as haunting as anything the Grimm brothers could have come up with, Link (Magic for Beginners, 2005, etc.) gooses the mundane with meaning and enchantment borrowed from myth, urban legend and genre fiction.Read full book review >
TURTLEFACE AND BEYOND by Arthur Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A jazzy, anarchic collection."
In his second collection of short stories, Bradford (Dogwalker, 2001, etc.) delights with surprising tales of young men and women struggling to connect.Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Sara Blaedel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This first installment of a new trilogy for Louise and the Special Search Staff is perhaps the most tightly knit of Blaedel's grim procedurals."
Taking charge of Copenhagen's Special Search Agency, detective Louise Rick (Farewell to Freedom, 2012, etc.) catches the case of a young woman who's been found dead more than 30 years after her death certificate was issued.Read full book review >
THE FORGETTING by Nicole Maggi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Dark reality for sturdy readers. (Suspense. 14 & up)"
After receiving a heart transplant, 17-year-old Georgie finds that the rhythm of her heartbeat is not the only thing that is different. Read full book review >
OF THINGS GONE ASTRAY by Janina Matthewson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Refreshing and spare, like a bittersweet melody echoing in an empty hallway, Matthewson's debut novel will linger in the reader's memory."
In London, people suddenly, inexplicably begin to lose things both physical (the wall of a house, piano keys) and intangible (their way, their status). Read full book review >
ESPERANZA STREET by Niyati Keni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"In this luminous, revelatory study on the connection between person and place, Keni knits a delicate tale of an entangled and endangered community."
The clash between corrupt developers "lining each other's pockets" and the residents of the bustling seaport village of Puerto, in the Philippines, serves as the backdrop for a tender coming-of-age story in this contemplative debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >