Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS' ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS by Mark Binelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This dreamlike album of real and imagined scenes from a complex artist's memory bank is as flamboyant a display of light and shadow as one of Hawkins' stage shows."
The sometimes-murky details behind a rhythm-and-blues legend are transformed by dark magic and even darker comedy into an eccentric mélange of imaginative speculation and cultural criticism. Read full book review >
THE LAST GOOD GIRL by Allison Leotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Billed as 'ripped from the headlines,' Leotta's latest proves entertaining enough but feels more like a book that's ripped from Google."
Leotta's spunky heroine, federal lawyer Anna Curtis, takes on the timely topic of rape on college campuses and discovers an ugly underbelly in the academic system. Read full book review >

WILDE LAKE by Laura Lippman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Although she overamps some reveals and shortchanges others, Lippman as always treads the fine line between certainty and amazement."
Lippman (Hush Hush, 2015, etc.) takes familiar themes to a new locale as she traces a family's journey from raucous Baltimore to the meticulously planned community of Columbia, Maryland. Read full book review >
NATIVE BELIEVER by Ali Eteraz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A provocative and very funny exploration of Muslim identity in America today."
A secular Muslim searches for his place in America in this biting satire from first-time novelist Eteraz (Falsipedies and Fibsiennes, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CHIMES by Anna Smaill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Entrancingly poetic and engagingly plotted, this is a story that brims with heart and soul."
A melodic, immersive dystopian tale set in a London where writing is lost and song has replaced story. Read full book review >

THE PURSUIT OF PEARLS by Jane Thynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Darkly brooding horror hangs over Germany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and told from a most unusual perspective."
A movie star faces the nightmare of living in Nazi Germany in this second volume of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >
A KILLER BALL AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"The third in Dennison's series of zany country cozies veers even closer to farce than its predecessors (Desire at Honeychurch Hall, 2015, etc.). It's still enjoyable if you don't think too hard."
A decades-old costume event brings new trouble for a titled family and its tenants. Read full book review >
KEEP YOU CLOSE by Lucie Whitehouse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A first-rate psychological thriller about the decisions we make that forever define us."
A woman retraces an estranged friend's last days following her seemingly accidental death. Read full book review >
THE VEINS OF THE OCEAN by Patricia Engel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A dark comedy with unexpected heart."
After her older brother Carlito kills his girlfriend Isabela's baby girl because he thinks Isabela is cheating on him, 23-year-old Reina feels trapped trying to comfort him on death row—until his death frees her to start over in Crescent Key, a place where nobody knows her family history. Read full book review >
THE UNTAMED EARL by Valerie Bowman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A sweet and simple Regency story of unrequited love, requited."
In love with one sister, betrothed to the other—what's an earl to do? Read full book review >
ONLY BELOVED by Mary Balogh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Balogh wraps up her celebrated series with a perfect happy-ever-after for the older duke, his spinster bride, and the whole Survivors' Club."
When the Duke of Stanbrook announces his plans to marry spinster Dora Debbins, friends rally around them in celebration while an old nemesis swears vengeance against the couple, casting a shadow across their marriage. Read full book review >
ALPHA WOLF NEED NOT APPLY by Terry Spear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Limited drama, minor angst, and mediocre writing."
There are too many packs of werewolves in the same Colorado mountains. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >