Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

REMEMBERERS by C. Edward Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2015

"A leisurely opening is mere preparation for the fierce struggle to follow—and it's more than worth the wait."
A college student's visions may be effective in a battle against demons in Baldwin's (Fathers House, 2013) supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
The Quarry at the Crossroads by Kim Ekemar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2015

"Once again, Ekemar's well-drawn, realistic characters and wild, suspenseful plot render this an absolute must-read for series fans."
In the third book of Ekemar's (Where the Bones of a Buried Rat Lie, 2014, etc.) planned tetralogy, Matthias Callaghan finds that loose threads in his web of lies threaten to unravel his subterfuge. Read full book review >

THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolyn Womack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Dive into this sweeping, romantic journey that will leave you breathless and a little unsure of where in time you've landed."
Four scientists receive a grant to study memory in the hope of finding a cure for Alzheimer's and make the discovery of a lifetime—or lifetimes. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Race, class, fate and choice—they join Love and Death to play their parts in Brockenbrough's haunting and masterfully orchestrated narrative. (Magical realism. 12 & up)"
A lovingly realized Depression-era Seattle becomes the field of play for the latest round in the titular, age-old game. Read full book review >
WHERE WOMEN ARE KINGS by Christie Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"A multilayered, sophisticated book that gets to the heart of what family is and what we will do to love them."
London-born Elijah is just 5 years old when he's taken from his Nigerian birth mother, Deborah, because of signs of abuse, but he still dreams of her when adopted by the British foster parents—one white, one of Nigerian origin—who are determined to heal his wounds and give him a new life. Read full book review >

EARLY WARNING by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Sags a bit, as trilogy middle sections often do, but strong storytelling and a judicious number of loose ends will keep most readers looking forward to the promised third volume."
Opening with the 1953 funeral of patriarch Walter, Smiley follows the Langdon family introduced in Some Luck (2014, etc.) through its second and third generations. Read full book review >
THE DISMANTLING by Brian DeLeeuw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"The novel moves at a brisk pace, and DeLeeuw provides back stories for his characters that make them complex and convincing."
A smart novel focusing on two moral issues: organ trafficking and, literally, getting away with murder. Read full book review >
MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"An entertaining portrait of the artist as a young lout."
The narrator of the six-volume memoir-novel confronts his late teens, in which he defies his father by behaving much like him. Read full book review >
NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE by Adam Nevill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"A macabre, otherworldly tale of a young woman 'swallowed whole and alive by the horror that refused to be sated.'"
British author Nevill (House of Small Shadows, 2014, etc.) out-Kings Stephen in this intense tale of séances, houses of ill repute and pervert convicts captured by The Other.Read full book review >
THE LAST BOOKANEER by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Pearl is a smooth writer whose adoption of the ambling pace, digressions, and melodrama of an earlier literary era may not suit today's instant gratifiers, but he offers many of the charms and unrushed distractions of a favorite old bookstore."
An entertaining adventure tale steeped in literary history tells of rival book pirates seeking their biggest prize, the last novel of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). Read full book review >
CASINO QADDAFI by Graham Tempest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"Like 007 with a CPA card—who knew accounting could be so wild?"
Taking place largely in Libya in 2011—just weeks after the assassination of Moammar Gadhafi—Tempest's (Casino Excelsior, 2012, etc.) third financial mystery/thriller featuring forensic accountant Oliver Steele revolves around his mission to locate an illegitimate son of the slain leader. Read full book review >
MINNOW by James E. McTeer II
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"An evocative novel that brings to life an intensely realized portrait of the South Carolina Lowcountry and sends its appealing young hero on a journey full of the strangeness of childhood and the difficult choices that come with growing up."
A young boy sets out on an almost mythical quest through a vividly imagined American South in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >