Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

CRACKS by Mike Klaassen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2017

"An immersive YA novel about teens attempting to survive increasingly extreme scenarios."
Klaassen (The Frog Prince, 2017, etc.) tells the story of a troubled teenager forced to survive after a natural disaster in this YA novel.Read full book review >
COCKFOSTERS by Helen Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2017

"Simpson's stories pack a quiet emotional power that extends beyond their pages."
Time is the essence of this spare, subtle short story collection. Read full book review >

INDECENT EXPOSURE by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Woods, who's never been shy about recycling material from his hero's earlier adventures, here reprises the plot of Carnal Curiosity (2014) and manages to resurrect some much older matter as well. The fade-out, however, promises new developments that follow a predictably inflated curve."
New York attorney Stone Barrington beds still another unsuitable partner and suffers the consequences—well, almost suffers. Read full book review >
CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"How all these little threads join up is a pleasure for Grisham fans to behold: there's nothing particularly surprising about it, but he's a skillful spinner of mayhem and payback."
A light caper turns into a multilayered game of cat and mouse in a story that, as with most of Grisham's (The Whistler, 2016, etc.) crime yarns, never gets too complex or deep but is entertaining all the same. Read full book review >
ONLY SKEIN DEEP by Maggie Sefton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Caffeine-free, stress-free, and detection-free, Sefton's latest rambles contentedly through the Colorado countryside, providing little incident and less suspense."
Accountant Kelly Flynn (Knit to Be Tied, 2016, etc.) knits a baby hat while awaiting the arrival of her first child. Read full book review >

ONCE UPON A SPINE by Kate Carlisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Light on mystery, heavy on the charms of San Francisco and the joys of food and wine."
A San Francisco bookbinder maintains her strange knack of finding dead bodies. Read full book review >
THE KILL SOCIETY by Richard Kadrey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"One of horror's most singular characters goes to hell. And back again. As per usual."
Sandman Slim returns to hell. Again. Must be Tuesday. Read full book review >
YOU'LL NEVER KNOW, DEAR by Hallie Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Diverting, if a little too easy to figure out. Would have been a great vehicle for Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, including all the slightly creepy dolls."
The return of a handmade porcelain doll that belonged to a child kidnapped 40 years ago kicks off a series of dark revelations. Read full book review >
MURDER IN SAINT-GERMAIN by Cara Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Black's detective is hitting her post-pregnancy stride, bringing up bébé while battling the bad guys with the best of them."
A job at the École des Beaux-Arts and a search for a Serbian lowlife combine to lead Aimée Leduc (Murder on the Quai, 2016, etc.) through the upscale part of Paris' Left Bank. Read full book review >
THE RULES OF HALF by Jenna Patrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A highly strung novel that's strengthened by its attention to how people forgive and connect."
In Patrick's debut novel, a teenager seeks out her father, who has bipolar disorder. Read full book review >
PERENNIALS by Mandy Berman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Berman's debut recalls the beloved teen and adult novels of Judy Blume, both in topic and prose style: simple, powerful, unafraid to confront serious issues."
Stormy emotional weather and unforeseen events rock a summer camp in the Berkshires. Read full book review >
HOW TO SURVIVE A SUMMER by Nick  White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A fascinating subject rendered in disappointing prose."
An attempt to "pray away the gay" has tragic consequences. 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 >