Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

KEEP QUIET by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Very slow off the mark, though once blackmail and murder enter the picture, Scottoline moves things along with her customary professionalism, if scant credibility."
In Scottoline's latest family-centered thriller (Accused, 2013, etc.), Jake Buckman lets son Ryan drive the family car on a back road. Very bad idea. Read full book review >
THE VENETIAN BARGAIN by Marina Fiorato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Fiorato (Daughter of Siena, 2011) nimbly weaves cultural, religious, architectural and medical histories into this captivating romance."
In 1576, the bubonic plague ravages the Ottoman Empire. Still stung by his defeat at the Battle of Lepanto, the sultan of Constantinople decides to wield the vicious disease as a weapon against Venice. Read full book review >

TEAM SEVEN by Marcus Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Burke crafts a street-smart tale of the possibilities and temptations of growing up. There is power in his words, and the tale moves like a locomotive right to the end."
A wonderful debut novel that moves with the rhythm of the streets. Read full book review >
DRIVING LESSONS by Zoe Fishman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"What begins as a witty critique of the Mommy Trap ends as a sanctimonious screed."
A New Yorker's move to the South generates life lessons, and far too many platitudes, in Fishman's (Saving Ruth, 2012, etc.) third novel. Read full book review >
THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A suspenseful and enigmatic story, with gripping historical details and the paranormal subtext Rose has become famous for, which will please her many fans."
Jac L'Etoilemythologist, historian and TV host—becomes embroiled in a quest to find a lost potion that might promise immortality, while revisiting a past love and navigating a dangerous mystery. Read full book review >

ON GRACE by Susie Orman Schnall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A cozy, conversational read, featuring a lovably neurotic heroine."
In Schnall's debut novel, shocking news derails a woman's plans for her 40th birthday, and prompts a journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >
FAMILY LIFE by Akhil Sharma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2014

"A moving story of displacement and of the inevitable adjustments one must make when life circumstances change."
In Sharma's world, as in Leo Tolstoy's, unhappy families continue to be unhappy in different ways. Read full book review >
NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD by Leah Hager Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2014

"Cohen is finely attuned to family dynamics here, both the quiet inner workings of Ava's successful marriage and her genuine bewilderment about Fred's fall from grace."
A brother and sister with unconventional childhoods grow into adulthood, with predictably quirky results. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR WEDNESDAY by Nicci French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2014

"French's darkly ambitious tale piles on the complications until you beg for mercy. Hard-core fans of detective work as a vehicle for revealing the depths of the human soul will find it irresistible."
The murder of an inoffensive home health visitor is only the tip of the iceberg in London psychologist Frieda Klein's third case—and a very chilly iceberg it is, too. Read full book review >
WORST. PERSON. EVER. by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2014

"Did we need transgressive fiction offered as arch comedy? It's a bit like Irvine Welsh writing a sitcom."
A secondary-unit camera operator is recruited by a production company to help film a reality TV show on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. Guess what? He's not a very nice person. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF THE LAMB by Robert Harley Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A stimulating story that challenges readers to consider and appreciate the coming-of-age a young Jesus may have gone through."
An adolescent Jesus develops his divine nature in Bear's debut religious fiction. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ROMANTIC by Ward Just
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another brilliant novel from Just: wise, introspective and full of humanity."
The latest from Just (Rodin's Debutante, 2010, etc.) considers the toll that a life lived upon the great stage of international politics can take on a man of substance. Read full book review >