Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

SEDITION by Katharine Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

""Girls shouldn't be puppets," asserts this cleverly seductive romp, which conceals, beneath its witty surface, some very dark comments on fathers and daughters."
The grooming of five young Englishwomen for the marriage market goes wildly off the rails in a debut that, although Austen-ish in outline, takes some surprisingly saucy turns. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE by Jude Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A tour de force."
Morgan (A Little Folly, 2013, etc.) draws restless young Will Shakespeare as he resists being trapped in apprenticeship to his glove-maker father. Read full book review >

VIVIANE by Julia Deck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"At one point, even the baby is "trying to solve the mystery of causes and consequences," which puzzled readers will immediately find relatable."
This debut by a French novelist puts a mystery inside a narrative puzzle. Read full book review >
UNDER COLD STONE by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"The glorious scenery of British Columbia upstages Delany's regular cast in this plausible tale."
A chief constable's son is wanted for murder in the new procedural from Delany (A Cold White Sun, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MIRACLE THIEF by Iris Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers who enjoy historical fiction and romance will find this a worthwhile journey."
Three women seek answers to their prayers at Rochemont Abbey, in this appealing novel set in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >

BE SAFE I LOVE YOU by Cara Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Hoffman weaves an intricate plot, but a tendency to overwrite shadows her story, leaving the reader to make a complicated literary journey that, for some, may not be worth the effort."
Hoffman's (So Much Pretty, 2011) latest novel centers on a female soldier who comes home to a reality in which she feels alienated and out of sync. Read full book review >
HIGH CRIME AREA by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Oates' mastery of imagery and stream of consciousness enhances the gritty settings and the frailties of her grotesque and pitiable subjects."
From Oates (Carthage, 2014, etc.) comes this collection of eight stories, seven previously published, that explore the depths of human despair and cruelty. Read full book review >
THE IDEA OF HIM by Holly Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not every idea's a good one."
New York Times best-seller Peterson (The Manny, 2007) presents the tale of a PR executive who experiences a wake-up call when a mysterious woman challenges her to face reality and rearrange her priorities. Read full book review >
THE WHISKEY BARON by Jon Sealy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though it could use a better title, this is a near-flawless effort by a writer to watch."
Sealy's stunning debut novel is a potent mashup of noir, Southern fiction and period novel, set in South Carolina during Prohibition. Read full book review >
FESTIVAL IN PRIOR'S FORD by Evelyn  Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Fans of the series (Return to Prior's Ford, 2013, etc.), who won't object to the slow pace, will be happy to learn more about the denizens of the seemingly placid village as they sip a cup of tea and enjoy a biscuit while they read."
More secrets lurk beneath the surface of the sleepy Scottish village of Prior's Ford. Read full book review >
THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS by Kevin P. Keating
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"That's a rare philosophical observation in an overwrought work that puts sensationalism ahead of vision."
Star quarterback, apostate priest, CEO, whore. They're a motley crew with a common fate in store: humiliation. Read full book review >
HIDDEN by Catherine McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readable and forgettable."
An accidental death leads to secrets revealed and second thoughts expressed in McKenzie's latest (Forgotten, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >