Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Cassowary Hill by David de Vaux
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Multilayered expat saga best as a showcase of its exotic setting."
In this debut novel, a British expatriate's ghostwriting gig leads to a political showdown involving his retired spook neighbor in Queensland. Read full book review >
The Ravine by Robert Pascuzzi
Released: March 19, 2014

"A gripping, ultimately uplifting story about the power of Christian forgiveness."
Pascuzzi offers a taut debut thriller that opens on a tense note of mystery. Read full book review >

The Bennett Women by Roberta R. Carr
Released: July 8, 2015

"Despite its sometimes too-neat storyline, readers may find merit in this novel's exploration of the challenges of aging loved ones."
In this novel set in 2012, a harrowing health scare for a family matriarch spurs emotional crises for her Fortune 500 company CEO daughter and musically talented granddaughter. Read full book review >
The Blackfish Inheritance by Thomas Wolfson
Released: April 20, 2015

"A smooth read that succeeds as a case study of the failed promise of the baby boomers."
In this debut novel, a son recounts his struggles living in the shadow of his famous father. Read full book review >
Bone White by Tim McWhorter
Released: July 24, 2015

"An intermittently effective suspense tale that should satisfy die-hard horror buffs."
Seeking shelter from a massive rainstorm, two teenagers stumble into a psychopath's hideout and must fight for their lives in McWhorter's (Swallowing the Worm and Other Stories, 2015, etc.) gory debut novel.Read full book review >

The Old Inn at Punta de Sangre by Theresa Donovan Brown
Released: May 8, 2015

"A satisfying crime read with a memorable heroine."
Brown (The Social Sex, 2015, etc.) offers a thrilling crime novel about a real estate agent trying to sell an inn that's surrounded by conflict, intrigue, and murder.Read full book review >

"A meticulous, sometimes-brutal look back at a terrible time."
Grant (Year of the Rat, 2011, etc.) weaves a well-researched, fictionalized account of what it was like being a victim of Hitler's eugenics campaign.Read full book review >
Small Vegetables by Audrey  Ogilvie
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"Highly charged, melodramatic, and full of summer atmosphere, albeit overstuffed with detail."
In this debut novel, a dangerous familial legacy threatens the summer peace of a Nova Scotian village where townies and rich visitors mingle and sometimes collide. Read full book review >
The Boy and the Bastard by Russell Newell
Released: June 24, 2015

"First-rate thriller in the vein of Joseph Finder."
When his son goes missing, a successful young businessman searches for him as his own life falls apart. Read full book review >
The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"A well-written YA novel that balances honest storytelling with a strong anti-bullying message."
A would-be heroic high school junior comes to terms with both his sexuality and his behavior toward others. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB by David Lagercrantz
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast-moving, credible, and intelligently told. Larsson fans won't be disappointed."
Lisbeth Sander returns, bruises raw and dander up, in this continuing installment of the late Stieg Larsson's crime series. Read full book review >
Shades: The Gehenna Dilemma by Eric Dallaire
Released: April 2, 2015

"A compelling, comic-book-ish action-thriller in which life's new inevitables are death, taxes, and a gruesome post-mortem payment plan."
In a future where reanimated human corpses are an invaluable slave-labor force, government agent/hacker Jonah Adams searches for his kidnapped lover and discovers the ghastly secret of the zombie trade. 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 >