Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

ON THE ROCKS by Erin Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"A fun, light beach read that avoids the expected Cinderella ending."
From Facebook to a walk-of-shame website, social media are ruining Abby Wilkes' love life. Read full book review >
'TIL THE WELL RUNS DRY by Laura Francis-Sharma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Sharma delivers a rich and satisfying debut on the ties of family, love and culture—and how those ties are sometimes better when broken."
From the Caribbean island of Trinidad comes a saga ripe with heartbreak and joy. Read full book review >

THE TARGET by David Baldacci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Robie and Reel fans will thrill to see their favorite spies back in action, no matter what the setting."
Baldacci picks up where he left off with CIA assassins Will Robie and Jessica Reel in this no-holds-barred tale of perfidy and murder at the highest level. Read full book review >
AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"A hugely entertaining, surprising and perhaps prophetic package that, without seeming to, raises profound questions about the human mind and the nature of perception."
An eye-popping glimpse of a near future when designer drugs are commonplace, from the author of Raising Stony Mayhall (2011, etc.). Read full book review >
NAVIDAD & MATANZA by Carlos Labbé
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"In this short novel, Labbé plays an intricate game of appearance and reality, though his game-playing hits the head rather than the heart."
A novel at once transparent and opaque, a paradox characteristic of much metafiction. Read full book review >

THE ANARCHIST by Joanna Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2014

"Serviceable but not at all memorable. The reader new to this history will be better served reading Goldman's own autobiography and Wallace Stegner's like-minded, much superior novel Joe Hill."
Listless historical novel that centers on events in a particularly turbulent era in America's past, a time of bombs, bullets and ample deaths. Read full book review >
NATCHEZ BURNING by Greg Iles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Iles is a master of regional literature, though he's dealing with universals here, one being our endless thirst to right wrongs. A memorable, harrowing tale."
A searing tale of racial hatreds and redemption in the modern South, courtesy of Southern storyteller extraordinaire Iles (The Devil's Punchbowl, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
RUBY by Cynthia Bond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"A very strong first novel that blends tough realism with the appealing strangeness of a fever dream."
Voodoo, faith and racism converge in an East Texas town—particularly within the troubled titular heroine—in this bracing debut novel. Read full book review >
PSYCHOS by Babe  Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Pithy, entertaining, inconsequential."
Fictional author Walker is back for more privileged and outlandish adventures in this follow-up to White Girl Problems (2012), the faux memoir based on her Twitter feed. Read full book review >
ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR by Darragh McKeon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"A leisurely paced novel intended for those who like serious and thoughtful fiction."
This debut novel is set in 1986, the year of the catastrophe at Chernobyl, and that disaster serves as the dramatic backdrop for the unfolding of action and character. Read full book review >
FALLOUT by Sadie Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Skillful, intelligent, always readable but this time less-persuasive work from an appealing author."
Charismatic young playwright Luke Kanowski, escaping a dark family history to forge his own destiny in London's Theatreland, heads the cast in a welcome if less sure-footed return to period heartache by talented British writer Jones (The Uninvited Guests, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF YOU by Claire Kendal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Nicely written novel with a plot that will strain reader credulity."
The victim of a relentless stalker looks for a way out in Kendal's debut novel. Read full book review >