Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THAT LAST WEEKEND by Laura DiSilverio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"DiSilverio's signature easy-to-follow plotting draws readers in without relying on a specific theme, as proven by recent forays into science fiction (Incubation, 2016, etc.) and political thrillers (Close Call, 2016, etc.)."
Returning to the scene of a past crime, five friends don't know whom to trust because they fear one of them may be a murderer. Read full book review >
HOUSE. TREE. PERSON. by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Although the idea isn't original, the clever way McPherson (Quiet Neighbors, 2016, etc.) reveals each hint of the truth makes this a one-sitting read."
A Scottish woman's psychological history causes her to question her sanity. Read full book review >

A CHRISTMAS PERIL by J. A. Hennrikus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Despite its title, blessedly light on the holiday trimmings. But the backstage antics, the second-act romance, the hard-boiled back story, the family drama, and the tourist-town backdrop are too many disparate elements that never gel. Unsatisfying and forgettable."
Ex-cop Edwina "Sully" Sullivan struggles to keep a ragtag theater company afloat while working with her ex-husband to solve a murder in this series debut from Hennrikus, who's also written as Julianne Holmes (Clock and Dagger, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
HOUSE ON JACARANDA HILL by Mary Kay Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"An often moving story about the corrosive power of shame."
In Abbott's (Pearl of Baxter Grove, 2009, etc.) novel set in the 1950s, a 16-year-old girl discovers a diary and becomes obsessed with deciphering a cryptic entry within it. Read full book review >
WORLDS FROM THE WORD'S END by Joanna Walsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"Arresting in their otherworldly simplicity, Walsh's stories are lonely but never sentimental; grief may haunt her prose, but it is as a fact and not a feeling. A singular reading experience that leaves a mark."
Unsparingly observant and disconcertingly sharp, Walsh's (Vertigo, 2016, etc.) latest short story collection is an eerily matter-of-fact chronicle of our own impending doom. Read full book review >

WOMEN WITHIN by Anne Leigh Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"An enjoyable, thought-provoking story but one that doesn't fully explore its themes."
Three women of different generations and backgrounds meet at a retirement home in award-winning author Parrish's latest novel (By the Wayside, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
NORMA by Sofi Oksanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2017

"In spite of promising material, the question of who will emerge victorious loses its urgency along the way, and the ending, though surprising, fails to satisfy."
Award-winning Finnish-Estonian novelist Oksanen (When the Doves Disappeared, 2015, etc.) tackles the global exploitation of women and the entwined secrets of two families in this story of a woman with magical hair. Read full book review >
A CONSPIRACY IN BELGRAVIA by Sherry Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This second mystery solidifies the lineup of our heroine's allies and nemeses while leaving matters intriguingly open-ended on the personal front. Readers of Victorian fiction, romance, and detective stories will each find something to draw them in."
A new adventure for Charlotte Holmes—the Victorian lady detective who poses as a man named Sherlock—brings old mysteries to light and buried passions to the fore. Read full book review >
PROOF OF LIFE by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Twenty-three cases into the franchise, the indefatigable Jance's (Man Overboard, 2017, etc.) formerly hard-drinking detective is showing signs of wear. Although newcomers may wax impatient with too much back story, loyalists who've followed her hero from the beginning will be glad he's still kicking."
A retired cop honors a crime journalist's last request. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO COULDN'T SCREAM by Christina Dodd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Readers will be thrilled to get back to Virtue Falls."
Beautiful, mute Merida Falcon arrives in Virtue Falls with revenge in mind, but she may find redemption yet. Read full book review >
57 OCTAVES BELOW MIDDLE C by Kevin McIlvoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A challenging but fresh and inventive set of prose poems."
An offbeat batch of short and flash fiction, generally concerned with domesticity but more notably obsessed with the sound and feel of language. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW LIST  by Todd Moss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Far more action than diplomacy in this page-flipping yarn. Fans of diplomatic thrillers will love this one.
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Another fast-paced diplomatic thriller featuring State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker (Minute Zero, 2015). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >