Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE PROUD SINNER by Priscilla Royal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Royal's 13th medieval murder (Land of Shadows, 2016, etc.) takes a page from The Mousetrap, forcing the detective to think outside the box imprisoning her and her suspects."
A medieval prioress with a talent for solving murders suddenly has far too many for comfort. Read full book review >
FOREVER IS THE WORST LONG TIME by Camille Pagán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Relationships, both romantic and platonic, are in flux for all of these characters as they struggle to live without regret."
A tale of love and loss, with some unexpected twists along the way. Read full book review >

THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Alexandra Burt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Burt's tale captivates to the bitter end, by which time 'everything that was done in the dark has come into the light.'"
Secrets gain power the longer they are held, and there are twisted secrets aplenty in Burt's (Remembering Mia, 2015) second novel—a lifetime of them. Read full book review >
HADES by Mark Z. Danielewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"For fans only. From this installment, it's hard to see how Danielewski will keep up the narrative energy to bring the story to a close 20 volumes from now—but readers deep into the series will be wanting more all the same."
"Envy is not a vewy laudable twait." No, Elmer Fudd hasn't gone to work for Mossad, but he wouldn't be out of place in this sprawling-by-formula continuation of Danielewski's (Honeysuckle and Pain, 2016, etc.) modern epic. Read full book review >
MY (NOT SO) PERFECT LIFE by Sophie Kinsella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A delightful and charming story that will appeal to Shopaholic fans."
A young woman learns that a "perfect" life isn't always what it seems as she attempts to move on from a dramatic firing by working at her family's farm. Read full book review >

ALWAYS by Sarah Jio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A well-intentioned but thin portrayal of love."
A woman's romantic life is turned upside down once when her first love disappears and again when he resurfaces, noticeably changed. Read full book review >
ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS by Elan Mastai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"'Existence is not a thing with which to muck around,' and yet that's exactly what fantastic storytelling attempts, warping reality, perception, and truth—and hopefully entertaining us as well as this novel does."
Screenwriter Mastai's debut novel is the story of the world's first and, unfortunately for us all, most unqualified time traveler. Read full book review >
THE POSSESSIONS by Sara Flannery Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Imaginative and original, this is a novel that should have resonated more deeply."
In Murphy's debut novel, people can reconnect with the dead through the Elysian Society, whose employees—known as "bodies"—are temporarily possessed with the help of a drug called a "lotus." Read full book review >
THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL by Heather O’Neill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Big and lush and extremely satisfying; a rare treat."
Walking the hypnotic line between tragedy and fairy tale, O'Neill's latest novel (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, 2014, etc.) follows two spectacularly talented orphans as they fall into the bleak underworld of 1930s Montreal. Read full book review >
AUTUMN by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Smith's book is a kaleidoscope whose suggestive fragments and insights don't easily render a pleasing pattern, yet it's compelling in its emotional and historical freight, its humor, and keen sense of creativity and loss."
A girl's friendship with an older neighbor stands at the center of this multifaceted meditation on aging, art, love, and affection. Read full book review >
STOLEN BEAUTY by Laurie Lico Albanese
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Fans of romantic suspense with an art historical bent will appreciate the vigor of Albanese's reimagining of the family saga behind the masterpiece long regarded as Vienna's Mona Lisa."
Two haute bourgeois Austrian-Jewish women see their world upended by fin de siècle libertinism, the onset of the Nazi regime, and the theft of all they hold most dear. Read full book review >
A SEPARATION by Katie Kitamura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A minutely observed novel of infidelity unsettles its characters and readers."
Dread and lassitude twist into a spare and stunning portrait of a marital estrangement. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >