Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

TYNSET by Wolfgang Hildesheimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"An opaquely powerful work about obsession, delusion, repression, and guilt."
An insomniac's thoughts ravel out across the night. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF BLOOD AND ASHES by Jaden Terrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2016

"After a tense prologue, Terrell settles into a relaxed rhythm that allows all the complications you'd want from a 40-year-old conspiracy without ever breaking a sweat."
A suspicious fire that claims two of a trainer's 14 horses opens the gate to a long list of felonies past and present. Read full book review >

Impala by Andrew Diamond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2016

"A convincing, complex cyberthriller."
A computer programmer becomes the target of international criminals in Diamond's (Warren Lane, 2015) thriller.Read full book review >
First Rodeo by Judith Hennessey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An engaging, nuanced female awakening journey in the West."
On a trip to Wyoming, a divorced mother finds romance with a younger cowboy in this debut novel. Read full book review >
RED TIDE by Marc Turner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Another stunning, self-contained yarn that firmly establishes Turner in the fantasy front ranks."
The final part of this inventive and ferocious fantasy trilogy (Dragon Hunters, 2016, etc.) deftly combines characters from both previous entries—those that are still alive, anyway, and even some that weren't. Read full book review >

HOME by Harlan Coben
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Coben, who normally has few rivals at keeping the pot boiling (Fool Me Once, 2016, etc.), this time settles for a simmer until unleashing his trademark twists late in the proceedings. This one is for fans with even more patience than the parents of those kidnapped boys."
Ten years after a pair of 6-year-olds vanish from a suburban New Jersey home, one of them is spotted in London. But what about the other? Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF BLOOD by Sarah Beth Durst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Enough substance to break from the pack; here's hoping that future volumes pull even farther ahead."
In the first of a new fantasy series by Durst (The Girl Who Could Not Dream, 2015, etc.), a woman with apparently weak magical abilities but exceptional smarts and determination competes to rule her land. Read full book review >
THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER by Jenny Colgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A charming, bracingly fresh happily-ever-after tale with playful nods to the Outlander series."
What's a shy English librarian to do when she's downsized out of a job and her only hope for remaining employed is to become a social media-savvy coordinator of online content? Read full book review >
DEATH'S END  by Cixin Liu
Kirkus Star
by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Liu's trilogy is the first major work of science fiction to come to the West out of China, and it's a masterpiece."
What if alien civilizations do exist? In this final installment of a stunning and provocative trilogy (The Dark Forest, 2015, etc.), Liu teases out the grim, unsettling implications. Read full book review >
SO SAY THE FALLEN by Stuart Neville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"In her second case, Neville's conflicted detective (Those We Left Behind, 2015) stands to lose as much from her hotheadedness as she gains from her persistence."
Murder by proxy and a power-mad woman in the suburbs of Belfast. Read full book review >
MONSTERS by Karen Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An impressive mixture of emotional exploration and formal experiment."
Structurally ambitious flash fiction that examines all the ways—great and small—in which characters can be haunted. Read full book review >
DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton's chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance."
A serial killer bids for freedom with the aid of an unconventional lawyer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >