Indie Book Reviews (page 4)

Collateral Damage and Stories by Bob Mustin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2016

"Often despondent, but the brooding characters will stick in readers' heads like emotional glue."
A collection of subdued tales features characters who can neither evade the past nor confront the inevitable future. Read full book review >
Dreadlands by Jaimie Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2016

"A solid, journeyman effort that shows signs of trying to break free of epic-fantasy tropes but never truly flies."
Engle (The Dredge, 2015, etc.) weaves Viking lore, animalistic shape-shifters, and coming-of-age adventure into a fantasy epic. Read full book review >

Hangin' Tough by Rebecca Wallwork
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2016

"A surprising, somewhat convincing argument for a group's and record's artistic merits."
Debut author Wallwork puts the 1980s and '90s boy band's smash album into critical perspective for this latest installment of the 33 1/3 book series. Read full book review >
A Raccoon's Tale by Fran Hodgkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 19, 2016

"A rousing, feel-good animal story of courage and compassion—a winner."
After her home is destroyed, a raccoon embarks on a dangerous journey to find the safe haven foretold in legend in this illustrated children's book. Read full book review >
The Musandam Mystery by Duncan Pell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A well-paced thriller with enough twists to maintain momentum and provide an enjoyable ride to the mostly satisfying conclusion."
After more than 40 years, the coverup of a diabolical Soviet experiment begins to unravel, and members of the Russian hierarchy will go to any lengths to prevent its disclosure in Pell's (Much More Than a Game, 2015, etc.) espionage sequel. Read full book review >

Addicted To Love by Kathleen Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 18, 2016

"A trauma-filled book that misses the mark due to a frustrating lack of resolution."
In her debut novel, Murray chronicles the troubled life of a baby boomer who faces relentless travails, including sexual abuse and an unplanned teen pregnancy. Read full book review >
The Cleaning Crew by Richard D. Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"This tale about a state's political uprising will likely inspire both incredulity and smiling approval."
A debut political novel focuses on a revolution that intends to wrest power in Massachusetts from corrupt officials. Read full book review >
FLASH CRASH by Denison Hatch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2016

"A thriller that's a little too convoluted for its own good but succeeds at updating the Masters of the Universe mindset to the present."
In Hatch's debut novel, a Wall Street worker becomes the victim of an extortion scheme that ultimately forces him to confront his past. Read full book review >
A MAN OF GENIUS by Lynn Rosen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2016

"Slow but lovingly crafted and complex; a nightstand book for lovers of Wuthering Heights and Bleak House."
The execution of an architect's will reveals complex relationships in Rosen's debut novel. Read full book review >
Soledad by D.L. Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2016

"Many readers have seen this dusty, bleak future before, but a poignant journey with a tenacious protagonist exudes freshness."
In this dystopian thriller, a woman traverses a barren, treacherous wasteland in search of the only man with answers to her parents' fate. Read full book review >
Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2016

"Readers will be shocked by this exciting, fast-paced thriller's twists and turns."
Gerber (Fudging the Books, 2015, etc.) offers a dark suspense novel filled with desperation and cat-and-mouse games.Read full book review >
The Egg Thief by Alane Adams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A delightful take on the theme of a boy and his dog, full of detailed—and frequently funny—images and a valuable message about paying attention to the needs of your neighbors."
A boy tries to figure out how to replace some missing eggs in this picture book about community and family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >