Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE OTHER WOMAN by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Gripping as always and grimly realistic."
Gabriel Allon is back in action. Read full book review >
THE SINNERS  by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Though it's amusing on its own terms, the constant infighting among lowlifes keeps this installment below Atkins' high standard (The Fallen, 2017, etc.). When bad guys are mostly targeting other bad guys, there's just not that much for good guys to do besides stand aside and watch the carnage."
Quinn Colson, the sheriff of Mississippi's Tibbehah County, juggles old-school and newfangled gangs while praying that someone will get him to the church on time. Read full book review >

THE DEAD by Christian Kracht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Imagine Weimar Germany as Night of the Living Dead minus the thrills."
A Swiss filmmaker gets ensnared in a plan to ensure Nazi domination of world cinema in this oddball historical fiction. Read full book review >
OK, MR. FIELD by Katharine Kilalea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"An auspicious debut that challenges the reader to follow the progress of mental distress and bravely offers little relief from the painful sight."
A concert pianist finds his life and mind drifting after an accident damages his hand in this gloomy, evocative novel. Read full book review >
SPELLSLINGER by Sebastien de Castell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"An intriguing system of magic, wry humor, and a twisting plot make for an entertaining series debut."
A young magician who cannot cast magic must prove himself in other ways in the first installment of a new fantasy series from de Castell (Tyrant's Throne, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >

RESCUED by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Rosenfelt, like Dick Francis, keeps coming up with inventive ways to ensnare his hero in cases involving animals. But this time, the mystery, fueled by his persistent fondness for implausible government intrigue, is thin, and the hero, presumably because he's defending his beloved wife's ex, is less funny than usual."
Paterson's laziest lawyer is dragged back into the courtroom for a 17th time in his most reluctant role yet: as defender of his wife's ex-boyfriend. Read full book review >
THE BIG CON by Adam Walker Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"The subtly arch first-person narrative gives the third series installment from Phillips (The Perpetual Summer, 2018, etc.) a smooth noir vibe, and the additional wrinkle of an unreliable sidekick adds delicious tension to a plot that unfolds with a satisfying series of twists."
Corporate coaching can be fatal. Read full book review >
ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect."
Named for an imperfectly worded fortune cookie, Hoover's (It Ends with Us, 2016, etc.) latest compares a woman's relationship with her husband before and after she finds out she's infertile. Read full book review >
THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"There's not a false note in this retelling, which does the Beowulf poet and his spear-Danes proud."
Headley, a writer of juvenile fiction (Aerie, 2016, etc.) and fantasy, steps into the adult world with this spot-on reimagining of a classic of Old English literature. Read full book review >
THE SACCO GANG by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"The injustice here has an immediacy; the tale itself feels part of legend."
An Italian family goes from poverty to prosperity and then to infamy in this brisk account of the persecution the Mafia brought to 1920s Italy, based on a true story. Read full book review >
TACKY GOBLIN by T. Sean Steele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Inventive, funny, grotesque, and ribald—a book with something for everyone as long as no one demands that it makes sense."
A collection of dated diary-style entries that come together to form nothing quite as conclusive as a novel, Steele's debut chronicles a coming-of-age story for the surrealist in us all. Read full book review >
COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Romantic, warm, and a breeze to read—one of Macomber's best."
A lonely woman finds love in a charming seaside town in Macomber's (Merry and Bright, 2017, etc.) latest. 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 >