Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE LATE SHOW by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"More perhaps than any of Connelly's much-honored other titles, this one reveals why his procedurals are the most soulful in the business: because he finds the soul in the smallest details, faithfully executed."
The 30th novel by the creator of Harry Bosch (The Wrong Side of Goodbye, 2016, etc.) and the Lincoln Lawyer (The Gods of Guilt, 2013, etc.) introduces an LAPD detective fighting doggedly for justice for herself and a wide array of victims. Read full book review >
PRETEND WE ARE LOVELY by Noley Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"In prose that ambulates between stark, hallucinatory, fuddled, and chewy according to the guiding character's point of view, Reid masterfully denies her novel the impulse to solve its characters' problems, leaving the reader with the brutal task of lingering within their experience."
In Reid's debut novel, a family must navigate the secret currents of guilt, obsession, loss, and—most dangerous of all—hope in this pitch-perfect examination of two Southern seasons in 1982. Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS by Lawrence Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A rich, disturbing, and compelling read."
Beautifully crafted and psychologically astute, Osborne's (Hunters in the Dark, 2016, etc.) latest novel takes us on another journey through a heart of moral darkness. Read full book review >
THE VENERATION OF MONSTERS by Suzanne Burns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Burns is an unmissable heir to writers of the peculiar, from Shirley Jackson to Roald Dahl."
A parade of eccentric women retreat into fantasy as they attempt to cure their loneliness. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS by Michael Robotham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"With its interestingly imperfect characters and escalating sense of urgency, this novel will keep you reading as fast as you can."
Robotham, best known for his gritty Joe O'Loughlin crime thrillers (Close Your Eyes, 2016, etc.), makes a successful literary departure in this engrossing psychological thriller focusing on two women and the dark places their relationship leads. Read full book review >

DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Castillo (Among the Wicked, 2016, etc.) once again weaves the particularities of the Amish mindset into a complex mystery that will leave you crying with pity or seething with rage."
A police officer who grew up Amish struggles to separate her past from the present. Read full book review >
WHEN THE ENGLISH FALL by David Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A standout among post-apocalyptic novels, as simply and perfectly crafted as an Amish quilt."
When the going gets tough, the Amish get going. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF SPIES by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Another chilling glimpse inside global terror networks from a gifted storyteller."
Gabriel Allon is back in the field. Read full book review >
LIVE FROM CAIRO by Ian Bassingthwaighte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The ironies of bureaucracy and wartime, à la Catch-22, meet the ironies of love and sacrifice, à la The Necklace, profoundly humanizing the global refugee crisis. Bassingthwaighte's virtuoso debut deserves the widest attention."
This brilliantly conceived and artfully detailed novel set in the Egyptian immigration bureaucracy is both a comedy and tragedy of errors. Read full book review >
SOME KIND OF HERO by Suzanne Brockmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A thought-provoking, deeply satisfying romance from a master of the genre."
When a white Navy SEAL's teen daughter disappears, his smart, resourceful African-American neighbor steps in to help and becomes an emotional touchstone—for the crisis and beyond. Read full book review >
WHAT WE LOSE by Zinzi Clemmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A compelling exploration of race, migration, and womanhood in contemporary America."
In this inventive debut novel, a young woman writes her way out of grief. Read full book review >
GRACE by Paul Lynch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"This is a writer who wrenches beauty even from the horror that makes a starving girl think her 'blood is trickling over the rocks of my bones.'"
A gifted Irish author offers another take on his country's Great Famine through the eyes of a teenage girl as she travels through a land wracked by want. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >