Horror Book Reviews (page 11)

OF BEES AND MIST by Erick Setiawan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Setiawan unconvincingly inflates a tiny narrative into a supernatural epic."
Magical spells, strange demons and one utterly impossible mother-in-law drive the plot of a moody fairy tale set in no particular time and place. Read full book review >
DEAD MEN’S BOOTS by Mike Carey
THRILLERS
Released: July 23, 2009

"Readers seeking a leisurely summer read won't find it in this irresistible tale, which will have them staying up much too late for the pleasure of "just one more chapter" before dousing the lights."
London-based exorcist Felix (Fix) Castor drops into the middle of a riddle involving a deceased colleague with strange habits, a bizarre killing and legendary gangsters. Read full book review >

TWENTIES GIRL by Sophie Kinsella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2009

"Kinsella (Remember Me?, 2008, etc.) is in her element with scattered, wisecracking Lara, and Sadie (and her outfits) are fabulous. But this one goes on a bit longer than necessary."
Struggling Londoner gets the shock of a lifetime when the meddlesome ghost of a recently deceased relative haunts her. Read full book review >
ABANDON by Blake Crouch
THRILLERS
Released: July 7, 2009

"Definitely not for the squeamish—or skeptical."
Whether it's 1893 or 2009, the town of Abandon, Colo., is a very nasty place to be. Read full book review >
THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE by Katherine Howe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2009

"Informative, though not as creepy as it purports to be. "
A first novel about alchemy, magic and witchcraft, set unsurprisingly in Salem, Mass., in the late 17th century and also, perhaps surprisingly, in Marblehead, Mass., in 1991. Read full book review >

THE STRAIN by Guillermo del Toro
THRILLERS
Released: June 2, 2009

"Great characters, a semi-plausible premise and a flair for striking scenes get this trilogy off to a first-rate start."
Film director del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, 2006, etc.) and thriller writer Hogan (The Killing Moon, 2007, etc.) treat a vampire outbreak as a massive public-health crisis, with chilling results. Read full book review >
MONSTER by A. Lee Martinez
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 11, 2009

"Utterly predictable, and lacking the edge Terry Pratchett gives similar scenarios, but pleasantly engaging brain candy nonetheless."
The tea-drinking little old lady next door is a cosmic threat in Martinez's latest comic effort (Too Many Curses, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LITTLE STRANGER by Sarah Waters
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Flawed but nevertheless often gripping thriller from one of the most interesting novelists at work today."
A sinister ancestral home in an advanced state of decay, a family terrorized by its own history, and a narrator drawn into these orbits dominate this creepy novel from Waters (The Night Watch, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
BREATHERS by S.G.  Browne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2009

"A zombie comedy with brains."
The dead shall walk the earth, and they're hungry for…love? Read full book review >
PATIENT ZERO by Jonathan Maberry
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2009

"An immensely entertaining package."
A dark, chilling and funny thriller about zombies from Maberry (Zombie CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE by Kim Harrison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2009

"Some readers will continue to enjoy the series, but if Harrison keeps piling on the agony in future installments, others may eventually find the byzantine predicaments tedious."
In book seven of a near-future urban fantasy series (The Outlaw Demon Wails, 2008, etc.), it's business as usual for Cincinnati witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan: Her personal problems are equally as difficult and dangerous as her caseload. Read full book review >
A HAUNT OF MURDER by P.C. Doherty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"As spooky and romantic as any of Doherty's Canterbury Tales mysteries (The Hangman's Hymn, 2004, etc.), though the series lacks the cohesiveness of a single hero's adventures."
On the road to Canterbury, Chaucer's pilgrims detour to visit a haunted wood and hear a chilling tale of spirits and murder. Read full book review >