Indie Book Reviews (page 647)

EFFIE MARTEN by Suzanne Shumway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2013

"A richly imagined look at the high price one pre-modern woman pays for her independence."
A young woman fights for her sanity in Victorian England. Read full book review >
SLOW MOON, RISING by Charles Rudolph
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2013

"An effective novel of recent history that rises above its flaws on the strength of a well-told story."
In this novel of self-discovery set against the backdrop of a turning point in China's history, a middle-aged man comes to terms with his bicultural identity and finally learns a sense of integrity and responsibility. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2013

"With allusions to the black literary canon and chapter titles drawn from African-American music, Sisney's tragicomic memoir speaks to a diverse audience."
Retired English professor Sisney's (Growth Through Fiction: Short Stories for the Basic Reader, 2008) improbably comic memoir about a black woman's career in white-dominated academia. Read full book review >
Raksha  by Frankie Rose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2013

"An imaginative, gripping YA tale of love and violence."
Young-adult science fiction about a teenage warrior girl who escapes her dystopian society and goes on a mission to find herself. Read full book review >
The Nostradamus Society by J. Douglas Shaw
THRILLERS
Released: May 8, 2013

"This is an imperfect but intriguing novel from a new writer with real potential."
The discovery of a long-lost prophetic manuscript triggers a series of increasingly catastrophic events in this promising debut thriller. Read full book review >

Healing the Pain of Heartache by Erv Hinds
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 8, 2013

"A brief but comprehensive overview of the connection between health of the mind and body."
A physician blends traditional medicine with a more holistic approach in order to address both the physical and psychological aspects of emotional pain. Read full book review >
Chronicles of the Dragon Pirate by David Talon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 8, 2013

"An energetic, sometimes horrifying tale set in an intriguing fantasy world, which may be a bit too complicated for some readers."
Set in a mythical world centuries ago, this sci-fi fantasy novel for young adults follows the life of Tomas Rios, a teenager living in a small town who finds out he may not be who he thought he was. Read full book review >
Jesus Loves Us and Our Favorite Colors by Nicole Benoit-Roy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 8, 2013

"A sweet coloring book for Christian children and their families."
In this coloring book, children learn about their favorite colors while also receiving a message about faith. Read full book review >
From Pain to Parenthood by Deanna Kahler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2013

"An engaging memoir that offers gentle, caring advice about surviving grief and moving forward."
Kahler, in her debut memoir, recounts the pain of her miscarriagesand the healing process that finally led her to decide to adopt. Read full book review >
Glimpses through the Forest: Memories of Gabon by Jason Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2013

"A personal, somewhat overly romantic account of life far away from home."
A former Peace Corps volunteer reminisces about life, love and the tropics during his three years in Gabon, where the people, the countryside and nature captured his heart. Read full book review >
Awakening by Lauren Ashley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 8, 2013

"There's action, romance and mysticism, but ultimately, it doesn't seem to lead anywhere."
Emma was having enough trouble with high school—and then she discovered she was destined to save the world. Read full book review >
The Dash to Significance by Robert A. Melone Sr.
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 8, 2013

"A book rich in wisdom that provides an approachable path toward achieving something more out of life."
Melone, previously a school superintendent, offers a game plan for achieving a meaningful life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >