Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

RESERVATIONS  by Gwen Florio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2017

"Florio (Disgraced, 2016, etc.) captures the culture and poverty on reservations still suffering from greed and mismanagement in a ripped-from-the-headlines story with a shocking ending."
A Montana journalist's trip to visit her bridegroom's Arizona relatives becomes a horror story. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S BIBLE by Dana Chamblee Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Squishy demons? Check. Restorative love? Check. Morally ambiguous Catholic army? Check. Nothing new, but it's darkly entertaining."
Mouse is back to fight the forces of darkness with the help of a handsome priest in Carpenter's (Bohemian Gospel, 2015) sequel. Read full book review >

JEWS QUEERS GERMANS by Martin Duberman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"There is much good here but much to wade through."
This earnest historical novel traces an unusual nexus of influential German men behind social and political trends from the late 19th century to the early 1930s. Read full book review >
CELINE by Peter Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An imperfect but largely satisfying detective novel anchored by a charming and unforgettable heroine."
An aging PI on the trail of a decades-old cold case finds more than she bargained for in the wilds of Wyoming. Read full book review >
SOMEONE TO LOVE by Donna Alward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A breezy romance that takes on some tough topics—with heart."
An unlikely match is made when a hard-to-crack firefighter and a whimsical cafe owner connect through mutual friends and family—a reminder that love is not just a personal matter, but a family affair. Read full book review >

THE ACE OF LIGHTNING by Stephen-Paul Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Some riffs are off-key but this is an ambitious and original effort well worth checking out."
History as fiction, fiction as history. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS by Casey Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An effective combination of traditional and modern YA elements."
A hilarious, angst-ridden YA novel about a teenage girl acclimating to life at a new high school by Griffin (Beauty and the Wiener: A Rescue Dog Romance, 2017, etc.).Read full book review >
PROOF OF LIES by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tale where the heroine's experiences as a grieving daughter and sister seem far more meaningful than any family secrets."
A teenager must unravel the mysteries behind her family's many tragedies in this first installment of a YA trilogy. Read full book review >
THE FAR SHORE by Paul T. Scheuring
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An engaging World War II novel featuring diverse prose styles about a man in search of spiritual peace and the granddaughter who needs to find him."
A woman leaves her dreary office life behind in search of her grandfather and his fortune. Read full book review >
SINS OF EMPIRE  by Brian McClellan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A yarn that promises more than it delivers. Fans will be entitled to a small measure of disappointment."
A new sequence, following the outstanding Powder Mage fantasy trilogy (The Autumn Republic, 2015, etc.) and set in the same war-torn world—gratifyingly, some of the characters reappear—gets under way. Read full book review >
THE MOON AND THE OTHER by John Kessel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"This is a fun diversion for sci-fi fans even if it doesn't quite manage to make any profound statements on gender or political oppression."
A political and family drama set in two very different colonies on the moon—one patriarchal, one matriarchal. Read full book review >
BEDCHAMBER GAMES by Tracy Anne Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Justice may be blind, but love has its eyes wide open throughout this satisfying story."
A love story between lawyers that doesn't need a prenup. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >