Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

DANCING IN QUICKSAND by Lucille N. Payne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"A promising first novel that offers a lighter-than-usual take on a deadly serious subject."
In this debut novel, a 40-year-old woman must reevaluate her personal beliefs, dreams, and aspirations when years of domestic verbal and psychological abuse escalate into physical violence. Read full book review >
DOUBLE TAKE by Laura Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"More character depth would help fill out this story about a young woman finding herself."
Kennedy's (See Mommy Run, 2012) coming-of-age story follows Brooke, a teenage girl struggling to divide her life among her friends, her family, her love interests and an unexpected controlling force.When both car and cellphone break down, leaving Brooke stranded in a tropical storm, she seeks shelter in what she believes is the house of her mom's friend. Read full book review >

BLACK ICE by Max Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"An engrossing thriller for readers who like their spies to be pragmatic but rigorous."
A Scandinavian intelligence officer stumbles upon a murderous global conspiracy to secure Arctic oil and gas resources in Morgan's debut thriller. Read full book review >
THE ICE TWINS by S.K. Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Tremayne ably spins numerous variations of the which-twin-is-really-dead idea, playing into the inherent creepiness of wholly identical twins like Kirstie and Lydia, indistinguishable even on a DNA level."
Still reeling from tragedy, the Moorcroft family leaves London for a remote Scottish island only to find their problems increase tenfold. Read full book review >
LIFE #6 by Diana Wagman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"Although Wagman follows the contours of conventional midlife-crisis fiction with a too-easy ending, thoughtful references to Greek myth and musings on the nature of survival give the tale a darker, deeper hue."
In Wagman's latest (The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, 2012, etc.), a cancer diagnosis and faltering marriage cause a middle-aged woman to contact the lover she hasn't seen in years.Read full book review >

GIRL IN THE MOONLIGHT by Charles Dubow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A story of the most interesting people you will ever know, told with style and verve."
In Dubow's second novel (Indiscretion, 2013)—pleasingly reminiscent of Maugham and Fitzgerald—our hero narrates a lifetime spent adoring one impossibly beautiful, out-of-reach woman. Read full book review >
OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2015

"Those who have been immersed in Holt since Plainsong(1999) will appreciate one last visit."
A sweet love story about the twilight years. Read full book review >
BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT by Neal Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Over-the-top evil turns this otherwise excellent first novel into an exercise in extremes, but even at its worst, Griffin's work proves superior to the unrealistic fare that often passes for a police thriller."
Griffin's debut novel propels readers into the chilling worlds of big-money drugs, small-town corruption, and a murderer who strikes without conscience. Read full book review >
RE JANE by Patricia Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"An enjoyable book offering a portrait of a young woman struggling to come into her own in the increasingly complicated opening years of a new century."
A young Korean-American woman grapples with issues of identity, family, and love in Park's debut novel, a sweet and savvy bildungsroman. Read full book review >
THE ROCKS by Peter Nichols
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A literary island vacation with a worldly, wonderfully salacious storyteller."
The lives and loves of expatriates on Mallorca, shaped by a 60-year-old misunderstanding. Read full book review >
LOVE IS RED by Sophie Jaff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Katherine—and the police investigating the Sickle Man murders—could have saved time and solved the case much faster by consulting any number of stronger examples in the serial-killer subgenre."
A serial killer and the woman he covets play an elaborate game of cat and mouse in this over-the-top thriller. Read full book review >
HUGO & ROSE by Bridget Foley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Despite a tendency to dwell on emotional explanations, Foley delivers a compelling tale."
A debut novel that uses the world of dreams to upend the life of an otherwise ordinary housewife. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >