Indie Book Reviews (page 5)

Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge by Norman Whaler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"A religious sequel to Dickens' holiday classic and an ideal stocking stuffer."
A debut novella and sequel to A Christmas Carol explores the adult life of Tiny Tim.Read full book review >
Azaleas Don't Bloom Here by Frank Klus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2016

"Michael Moore meets Nineteen Eighty-Four in this pulpy action-thriller, which explores the pathologies of rampant capitalist greed and corruption."
In Klus' (Take the Pilgrim Road, 2013) sci-fi sequel, a businessman finds himself embroiled in a revolutionary conspiracy in a nightmarish future America, where powerful corporate interests and gangsterlike cops dominate the government.Read full book review >

The Book of Sonny by Bob Laurie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2016

"A heartfelt story of a broken family beginning to heal."
A badly fractured family suddenly faces a crisis in Laurie's debut novel. Read full book review >
Between the Lines There Lies a Story of Me by Sabaine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2016

"A challenging but reasonably effective look at the struggles of a young woman of color who clings to her strength and identity."
The story of a teenage girl's depression unfolds in a poetic narrative that slowly reveals a web of love, betrayal, abuse, rape, and murder. Read full book review >
Sliding Delta by Thomas Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"A jazzy glimpse into history that will pluck at the heartstrings of musicians but may leave other readers feeling a bit blue."
A young man runs away to the South to learn the blues in this novel by Baldwin (The Fourth Domain, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >

Pilgrim Spokes by Neil Hanson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A book that offers plenty of 'shared sojourner's camaraderie' in the company of a happy, philosophical companion."
Anothermemoir from Hanson (Pilgrim Wheels, 2015, etc.) about a cross-country bicycle odyssey. Read full book review >
Daddy Dearest by Paul Southern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"An enthralling tale, but the genuine mystery involves the protagonist, a spellbinding enigma from beginning to end."
A divorcé's 5-year-old daughter vanishes during a weekend visit, turning his apartment neighbors into suspects in Southern's (Killing Sound, 2014, etc.) thriller. Read full book review >
Jagged Edge of the Sky by Paula Marie Coomer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"A lusty, tragic tale for readers who are willing to work for its satisfying moments of connection."
Coomer's (Dove Creek, 2010, etc.) second novel tracks the impact of an Australian lothario on two families, one Australian and the other American. Read full book review >
A Spirit of Charity by Mike King
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 31, 2016

"A searing and sobering indictment of the public health care system that highlights the inequality of treatment."
In the spirit of investigative journalism, this assessment of public hospitals paints a grim picture of health care for the poor in America. Read full book review >
A New Love by Katerina Katsarka Whitley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"While its message may deter atheists and other skeptics, this novel should appeal to the religiously inclined and those interested in Christianity's first stirrings."
A woman living in Corinth around A.D. 50 loses a lover but finds another, along with a new faith. Read full book review >
Dead Is Dead by John Lansing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"The laudable protagonist once again guides readers through a robust detective story."
Lansing's latest thriller (The Devil's Necktie, 2015, etc.), the third outing for Jack Bertolino, finds the private investigator searching for a killer whose assassination of a known criminal results in a child's accidental death. Read full book review >
The Doctor's Wife by Myra Hargrave McIlvain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"A vivid, historically informative, and sometimes-riveting depiction of strength and suffering."
McIlvain's (Stein House, 2013, etc.) historical prequel of love, heartbreak, and betrayal plays out during a wave of 19th-century German immigration to the tiny West Texas port village of Indian Point. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >