Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE BLACK BOOK by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2017

"Most readers will be ahead of the twin investigators in identifying the guilty party. But the mystery is authentic, the lead-up genuinely suspenseful, and the leading characters and situations more memorable than Patterson's managed in quite a while. Co-author Ellis is definitely a keeper."
Peerless networker Patterson (Woman of God, 2016, etc.), who's become as ubiquitous as Betty Crocker, latches on to a co-author who ups his game in several welcome ways. Read full book review >
BULL by David Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Irresistible, slick, and sharp (no bull!)—with plenty of bull to dissect. (cast of characters, author's notes) (Verse fiction. 14 & up)"
A saucy, brash retelling of the Greek myth of the Minotaur. Read full book review >

SOPHIE SOMEONE by Hayley Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A creative and memorable story about secrets, lies, and moving on. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
Sophie Nieuwenleven has lived in Belgium for most of her life; now 14, she's beginning to wonder about the odd things her parents say when they're fighting, not to mention certain hazy and mysterious childhood memories that don't add up. Read full book review >
MISSISSIPPI BLOOD by Greg Iles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Faulkner meets John D. MacDonald, and that's all to the good. A boisterous, spills-and-chills entertainment from start to finish."
Delta whodunit master Iles (The Bone Tree, 2015, etc.) brings his politically charged, timely trilogy of Mississippi murder and mayhem to a thunderous close. Read full book review >
HARMLESS LIKE YOU by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A highly-nuanced, understated, and beautifully written debut."
Even the meek and mild can unwittingly cause long-lasting harm to the people they love. Read full book review >

THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"An accomplished if overstuffed merger of coming-of-age tale and literary thriller."
The daughter of a career criminal explores her family's past along with the family business. Read full book review >
THE WIDE CIRCUMFERENCE OF LOVE by Marita Golden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Golden's redemptive novel is a tale of family survival in which love softens the brutal edges of an insidious disease."
When a beloved husband and father slips into the black hole of early-onset dementia, he pulls his family with him into an inescapable identity crisis. After all, who are we if we forget...and who are we if we are forgotten? Read full book review >
IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME by Amy Hatvany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"With nuance and compassion for her characters, Hatvany reveals the fallout of the ultimate betrayal of trust."
A friendship is torn apart after the heartbreaking decisions of one tragic night. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN CARSON IN SEVERAL QUARTERS OF THE WORLD by Brian Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"An accomplished writer celebrates the nascent inspiration of a legendary one in this tender, affectionate, and terribly fun homage to the joys of storytelling and storytellers."
A young Robert Louis Stevenson is regaled by his landlord in tales of high adventure Read full book review >
MY DARLING DETECTIVE by Howard Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"An unconventional, lively literary mystery."
An aspiring librarian strives to get to the bottom of a decades-old murder and his mother's act of vandalism in this foray into noir by Norman (Next Life Might Be Kinder, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BRIDGE by Stuart Prebble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"While Prebble (The Insect Farm, 2015) flounders when writing believably youthful characters, he spins an entertaining tale full of enough twists to gloss over this shortcoming."
A young couple discovers their budding romance has disturbing links to a string of crimes committed by a serial killer. Read full book review >
COMPASS by Mathias Énard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Lyrical and intellectually rich without ever being ponderous, reminiscent at turns of Mann's Death in Venice and Bowles' Sheltering Sky."
The winner of France's 2015 Prix Goncourt: a fever-dream meditation on East and West and on a lost love that binds the two worlds. 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 >