Horror Book Reviews (page 6)

666 PARK AVENUE by Gabriella Pierce
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A fast-paced and at times diverting mash-up of chick lit and fantasy."
First in newcomer Pierce's series chronicling Manhattan witch wars, as waged on and off the society pages. Read full book review >
THE FALLEN BLADE by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2011

"Pounce on this one."
Alternate-world fantasy from the talented and versatile author of End of the World Blues (2007), wherein Marco Polo's family founded the dynasty that rules Venice. Read full book review >

THE RED GARDEN by Alice Hoffman
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"Fans of Hoffman's brand of mystical whimsy will find this paean to New England one of her most satisfying."
In 14 freestanding but consecutive stories, Hoffman (The Story Sisters, 2009, etc.) traces the life of the town of Blackwell, Mass., from its founding in 1750 up to the present as the founders' descendents connect to the land and each other. Read full book review >
BLOODSHOT by Cherie Priest
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"A refreshing and addictive lure for readers uninterested in fangs, bats, capes and hissing."
A 100-year-old vampire thief runs afoul of secret biological experimenters—first of an urban fantasy series from the versatile author of Boneshaker (2009). Read full book review >
OF TRUTH AND BEASTS by Barb Hendee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Tolkien-with-the-serial-numbers-filed-off plus vampires fails to add up to anything much."
Clunky prose encrusts a tedious quest through an already overpopulated genre landscape in the third volume of the second Noble Dead Saga (Through Stone and Sea, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

IN TOO DEEP by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"A chaotic welter of loose ends that Fallon himself couldn't unsnarl."
Premiere of Krentz's new trilogy about a psychic detective agency. Read full book review >
THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER by Paula Brackston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"History, time travel and fantasy combine in a solidly readable entertainment."
A white witch is pursued across time by her nemesis, a sorcerer who may also have been Jack the Ripper. Read full book review >
ALLISON HEWITT IS TRAPPED by Madeleine Roux
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A treat for lovers of groaners and roamers with neither enough gore nor pathos to keep casual readers engaged."
A fierce young bookseller blogs the zombie apocalypse in this debut novel from Wisconsin resident Roux. Read full book review >
THE LOST GATE by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"An uncharacteristically lumpy series opener, though Card's storytelling skills and devoted audience guarantee success."
First of a fantasy series about overweening magic power, from the author of Hidden Empire (2009). Read full book review >
WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS by Dean Koontz
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"A good ghost story is all about the suspension of disbelief, which is hampered here by haphazard plotting. Still, Koontz has a pile of unswervingly loyal fans for whom the screw may turn no matter."
In his latest, Koontz (Breathless, 2009, etc.) makes the case that the only thing worse than a serial killer might be his ghost. Read full book review >
PAX by Stephen Stuart
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 17, 2010

"Readers looking for a fast-paced, superficial read should seek their literary escapism elsewhere, but those who enjoy challenging, provocative and ultimately uplifting novels will want to get to know Bean."
Stuart's (The Wonder of All That Is, 2009) second installment in his Bean trilogy is a cerebral and wildly thought-provoking fusion of fantastical fiction and metaphysical speculation. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Taut, spare and seamlessly plotted. The real accomplishment, however, is the villain of the piece, portrayed sympathetically but without sentimentality."
Marital difficulties turn murderous in Pronzini's suspenseful departure from the estimable Nameless Detective series (Schemers, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >