Indie Book Reviews (page 4)

GUESS AND CHECK by Thaddeus Rutkowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2017

"A stark, engrossing, Hemingway-esque portrait of a life spent in the margins."
Rutkowski (Haywire, 2010, etc.) delivers a new short story collection, offering sparse prose and pointed observations about one man's struggle to connect with others.Read full book review >
The Attachment Bond by Virginia M. Shiller
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 15, 2017

"A useful, thorough survey of a cornerstone theory, if somewhat dry at times."
A clinical psychologist explains the five-decade history of attachment theory and its relation to personal development. Read full book review >

Blood Family by Brent Winter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2017

"A clever, engaging view into dark places."
Fantasy and horror blend in Winter's debut novel about a man who discovers his family's links to the supernatural. Read full book review >
BEST LAID PLANS & OTHER DISASTERS by Amy Rivers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2017

"Chicken soup for the working woman's soul."
The female mayor of a small town navigates politics, relationship troubles, and the reality that life doesn't always go according to plan. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 13, 2017

"An earnest and ultimately uplifting personal account of overcoming misfortune through faith and self-encouragement."
A debut book focuses on taking the defeat out of everyday setbacks. Read full book review >

#ESOCIETY by David Barker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"A disturbing, affecting, and unforgettable work that remains upbeat while asking difficult questions about society."
A self-made British internet entrepreneur leaves a comfortable life to discover why so many people remain trapped in poverty and unemployment in this debut autobiography and manifesto. Read full book review >
Technocracy in America by Parag Khanna
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A refreshingly original contribution to the ongoing analysis of the American political system."
A radical reappraisal of democracy and its decline in the United States. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 8, 2017

"A concise primer to the science and politics of climate change."
An admirably evenhanded appraisal of the challenges posed by climate change and the political solutions available. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO LIVED by Paul Dale Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"A relentlessly gloomy but memorable tale that explores questions of morality."
After spending years in a mental institution, a woman has revenge on her mind in Anderson's (Claw Hammer, 2016, etc.) dark thriller.Read full book review >
SHADOW MOUNTAIN by Tess Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"A vivid first installment of a saga that will make readers look forward to the next."
An Appalachian woman and her son struggle to protect their mountain home in Collins' (The Hunter of Hertha, 2015, etc.) historical-fantasy series starter.Read full book review >
THE AMAZING SNOWMAN DUEL by Yosef Lapid
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"Fantastic pictures, enchanting snowman characters, and fluid rhymes will be a draw for winter-loving readers, many of whom will wish they had their own snowman friends to duel with."
What does a snowman do when he's challenged to a fight? His young human friend finds out when everyone in the forest gathers to see the epic duel in the latest in Lapid and Pasek's Snowman Paul series (Snowman Paul at the Concert Hall, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >
Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A concise, bold crime tale that, even in its darkest moments, shines with brilliance."
In this thriller, a missing teen reappears with amnesia and uncovers a host of parlous secrets buried in her gradually returning memory. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >