Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THE POETS' WIVES by David Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"The language is gorgeous, the tone exquisitely highbrow, but the result is disappointingly dull."
In parallel but unconnected narratives, Irish novelist Park (The Light of Amsterdam, 2012, etc.) portrays the inner lives of three women—two historic, one fictional—who have devoted themselves to their difficult husbands' creative needs and ambitions. Read full book review >
LOVE AND TREASURE by Ayelet Waldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"No big points made here, just strong storytelling combined with thoughtful exploration of difficult issues."
A necklace with a peacock pendant raises provocative questions about loss, guilt and recovery in Waldman's intriguing new novel (Red Hook Road, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

BY ITS COVER by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Brunetti (The Golden Egg, 2013, etc.) spends less time with both his charming family and his highly variable colleagues than usual; and with the exception of Franchini, the characters remain distantly evoked rather than vividly present. This one really is for readers who love books."
A rare-book thief is the target in Commissario Guido Brunetti's 23rd case. Read full book review >
FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE by K.A.  Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though Tucker's prose and pacing have a vibrant energy, the plot is simply preposterous."
Tucker returns to Miami in her loosely tied romantic series (One Tiny Lie, 2014, etc.), this time focusing on the saintly owner of Penny's Place—the city's most exclusive strip club. Read full book review >
LETTER COMPOSED DURING A LULL IN THE FIGHTING by Kevin Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A welcome debut. We hope that the next sequence finds Powers on safer ground, exploring the possibilities of life away from the front."
Powers, author of the shattering war novel The Yellow Birds (2012), turns to poetry while concentrating on familiar themes of dislocation, fear and "unmoored memory." Read full book review >

WOLF by Mo Hayder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another adventure for Caffery, a protagonist much like James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux or Paul Cleave's Theo Tate, doomed to work "in the presence of evil.""
Hayder (Hanging Hill, 2012, etc.) once again lures DI Jack Caffery into evil's morass. Read full book review >
THE STORIED LIFE OF A. J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A likable literary love story about selling books and finding love."
Zevin (Margarettown, 2006, etc.) chronicles the life of A. J. Fikry, a man who holds no brief for random acts, who yearns for a distinct narrative, who flounders about until his life is reordered by happenstance. Read full book review >
NOTHING HOLDS BACK THE NIGHT by Delphine de Vigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Sympathy and sadness infuse this compelling investigation in which the author herself plays a difficult role."
Prompted by her mother's suicide, a French author delicately combines memoir, biography and fiction to explore her family's increasingly dark psychology. The book has sold an estimated half a million copies in France. Read full book review >
EAT WHAT YOU KILL by Ted Scofield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"An intriguing idea that could have been better executed but instead ends up top-heavy with dull technical detail, static writing and a hard-to-swallow conclusion."
Scofield's debut novel, a financial thriller, introduces readers to a main character so difficult and full of malice that he makes Hannibal Lector seem like a kindly old uncle with quirky dietary habits. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT WITCH by Paula Brackston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Previously a sprightly tale-spinner, Brackston has mislaid her magic touch this time round."
Downton Abbey meets the dark arts in Brackston's (The Winter Witch, 2013, etc.) latest, which sees an aristocratic young English witch leading a fight against an evil magic order while world war looms. Read full book review >
KICKING THE SKY by Anthony De Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A largely bleak vision, top-heavy with angst and tragedy."
A scrappy immigrant community in Toronto in 1977 sinks deeper into superstition and violence after a child's murder; a pubescent boy struggles to comprehend the events in this gritty second book from Canadian De Sa (Barnacle Love, 2008) based on real events. Read full book review >
BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Fans will happily return to the warm, welcoming sanctuary of Macomber's Blossom Street, catching up with old friends from past Blossom Street books and meeting new ones being welcomed into the fold."
Spring is in the air on Blossom Street, and the baby-blanket window display at A Good Yarn might just change a few lives in bright, unexpected ways. Read full book review >