Indie Book Reviews (page 8)

Skeletal by Katherine Hayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"A haunting novel that's both tough and delicate and fulfills the promise of the author's first."
In Hayton's (Found, Near Water, 2014, etc.) latest novel, a 14-year-old New Zealand girl, dead for 10 years, tells the story of how her body came to lie beneath a half-finished house. Read full book review >
The Goddess' Daughter by M Naresh Pi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"A gripping paranormal thriller bolstered by a complex heroine and her rich spiritual heritage."
In Pi's debut thriller, a woman's career and family are threatened by supernatural forces from her ancestors' past. Read full book review >

NEIGHBORS by George Held
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"Well-illustrated poetry which may be too challenging for some younger readers."
This latest addition to the Neighbors poetry series offers engaging poetry for young children. Read full book review >
A JOURNAL OF THE CRAZY YEAR by Forrest Carr
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"A great case made for the idea that the end isn't nigh—it's already here."
A pandemic helps humanity destroy itself in this wry apocalyptic thriller. Read full book review >
DIVIDERS by Travis Adams Irish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"A promising beginning devolves into a clichéd second half."
Two men—one aided by a supernatural demon—seek retribution for the death of a loved one in Irish's fourth novel (The Golden Goose of Los Angeles Extended Edition, 2014). Read full book review >

WYW by Derek Dollahite
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"This YA narrative is full of quiet fury, and it's remarkable watching its protagonist harness it."
In this debut YA techno-thriller, a computer-savvy teenager continues to develop a code language that his deceased father began. Read full book review >
Primordium Book One: Reformation by William E. Mason
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"An ambitious tale with compelling concepts but one that's dauntingly dense—even for sci-fi readers raised on the temporal loops of Doctor Who."
In Mason's debut sci-fi novel, a tormented anthropologist looking for the origins of mankind meets a not-quite-human girl who reminds him of a lost love. Read full book review >
In Your Name, I Write by Claire Fukouara
Released: Jan. 10, 2015

"A dense, abstract philosophical work for the very patient and the very curious."
Fukouara expounds on common philosophical concepts in her debut work. Read full book review >
THE ANGEL OF ANTIOCH by Daniel Molyneux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2015

"A theologically intriguing novel that mimics the Bible's dramatic presentation."
A parablelike tale of spirituality, religion, and persecution. Read full book review >
The Ballad of David and Israel by Roderick Byron Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2015

"Searing action and drama, but truly a story of friends whose impacts on one another are profound and permanent."
In Palmer's urban drama debut, the close friendship between two California teens forever intertwines their lives and culminates in violence. Read full book review >
Naked Soul by Salil Jha
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2015

"Erotic poetry that evokes feelings of joy, happiness, and an overall celebration of the arts of physical and romantic love."
Jha's collection of concise, warm, and erotic poetry explores the delights of physical love from (primarily heterosexual) male and female perspectives. Read full book review >
THE ROBUSTA INCIDENT by Jennifer Fales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Even though it dwells too often on its protagonist's misery, this book will appeal to anyone who's ever endured petty bureaucracy."
A novel packed with humor and absurd plot twists that satirizes corporate scientists and soulless management. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >