Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE CELLAR by Minette Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Sly pacing and a detached narrative voice give this horror story exceptional punch."
This short work reads like a recipe for evil and may well induce a nightmare or two. Read full book review >
A DICTIONARY OF MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING by Jackie Copleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A fully drawn portrait of a city and a life, this novel will hold appeal for history buffs, lovers of literary fiction, and readers of high-drama romance."
In British novelist Copleton's debut, family secrets and betrayals demand to be reckoned with, even after a world-shattering tragedy changes everything. Read full book review >

HUNTERS IN THE DARK by Lawrence Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Complex in plot yet simple and intense in style, Osborne's narrative takes us into an Asian heart of darkness."
A journey through contemporary Cambodia, where we encounter gambling, drugs, murder—and the mystery of human identity. Read full book review >
UNPAID DEBTS by Antonio Jiménez Barca
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"As a crime novel, this work doesn't consistently sustain the level of suspense needed for a page-turner, but its reflective moments offer eloquence, even in the well-trodden territory of teenage love triangles and coming-of-age tales."
A down-and-out debt collector abruptly finds himself at the center of a murder investigation. Read full book review >
SWEETHEART DEAL by Linda Joffe Hull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2015

"Hull's third Frugalicious entry does for shopping what Joanne Fluke does for pastry, making sure the busy reader doesn't have to choose between a mystery, a wedding planning manual, and a guide to timeshare investments by putting everything into one volume."
Maddie Michaels, reality TV's Mrs. Frugalicious (Eternally 21, 2013, etc.), takes her show south of the border to teach America how to plan a destination wedding, complete with corpse.Read full book review >

WHISPERS IN THE READING ROOM by Shelley Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"The last in Grey's Chicago World's Fair mysteries (Deception on Sable Hill, 2015, etc.) uses an anemic mystery and a far-fetched love story to explore her continuing theme of mismatched couples."
An unlikely pair finds love in the shadows of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Read full book review >
AWAY IN A MANGER by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Although this heartwarming story of the Christmas spirit doesn't rank with Molly's best cases, it details the deplorable conditions poor children suffered a century ago."
As Christmas 1905 approaches in New York City, the fates of two children hang in the balance. Read full book review >
SECOND SKIN by Michael Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Satisfyingly doom-and-gloomy, even though many readers will balk at the last round of dark revelations and the last spasm of violence that accompanies them."
A second dose of murderous troubles that hit all too close to home for Jacksonville homicide detective Daniel Turner and his family. Read full book review >
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD by Jamie Kain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"For soul searchers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Four teens may have more similarities than they realize as they navigate adolescence—what seems like the end of the world. Read full book review >
Dancing in the Jungle by Jacob Gottfredson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"Though hampered by excessive verbiage and an overreliance on flashbacks, Gottfredson manages to overcome these flaws with a strong fundamental story and a complex protagonist."
Philosophy and intrigue mesh uneasily in Gottfredson's convoluted but ultimately interesting novel of a Green Beret's personal mission of vengeance. Read full book review >
PARADISE CITY by Elizabeth Day
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Despite a sugary, overly tidy ending, this is unusual, well-crafted storytelling enhanced by some telling emotional notes."
A handful of strangers in London find themselves connected, and changed, by dark events—sudden death, sexual assault—and the humbling of a self-made man. Read full book review >
COUPLE MECHANICS by Nelly Alard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"More jaded and demanding than most American domestic tragicomedies, this novel packs a surprising emotional wallop, raising questions about the natures of passion and marriage within the context of early-21st-century French politics with references to France's Muslim veil controversy and Simone de Beauvoir."
The title perfectly captures the tone of French author Alard's second novel, which examines a marriage in crisis as if it were a working, or perhaps broken, machine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >