Indie Book Reviews

The Boy Who Knew Too Much by Cathy Byrd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An eclectic mix of mystery, memoir, and the supernatural."
In Byrd's touching debut memoir, a little boy stuns his parents by declaring that he was the baseball player Lou Gehrig in a previous life. Read full book review >
The Color of our Sky by Amita Trasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2017

"A sad, soulful, and revelatory story about a deeply troubled nation in transition."
A haunting debut novel about two young women in Mumbai that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus. Read full book review >

THUNDER by Erik Daniel Shein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2017

"A thrilling, inspiring tale of bravery and family."
A young elephant must reconnect with his herd and face his fears in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
THE SAGA OF BRIDGET AND AMANDA by Carole Love Forbes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2017

"A gripping tale of loss and hope that will particularly appeal to champions of women's rights."
Young women in the 17th century struggle to rise above religious oppression, gender inequality and personal misfortune in this debut historical novel. Read full book review >
THE DAHLIA FIELD by Henry Alley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2017

"A fine collection that explores and celebrates the ebb and flow of gay life."
Gay men struggle to find love in straitened circumstances in this volume of short stories. Read full book review >

HIDDEN ONES by Marcia Fine
HISTORY
Released: March 15, 2017

"A superb read about the sufferings of a crypto-Jewish matriarch in the 17th century."
This saga of crypto-Jews (conversos) during the Inquisition in Mexico holds lessons and warnings for all.Read full book review >
RENEGADE RED by Lauren Bird Horowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bloody, action-stuffed rescue mission in the supernatural world of the Fae."
In Book 2 of Horowitz's (Shattered Blue, 2015) YA fantasy series, The Light Trilogy, a teen's battle with brutal metaphysical forces develops her inner skills. Read full book review >
WEARING THE CAT by H.D. Woodard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A raunchy but memorable military tale."
Woodard (Wearing the Cat: Part One, 2016, etc.) delivers the second installment in his satirical series about a Navy dentist. Read full book review >
FLICKERING KINGDOMS by Jeffrey Grinnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2017

"Alive, inspired verses from a poet with ample and accomplished range."
Grinnell's debut poetry collection ranges far and wide—history poems collide with the blues, elegy provokes eulogy, and narrative breaks into lyric. Read full book review >
XENOGENEIC by Lance Erlick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2017

"An interplanetary tale with effectively slow build that leads to a solid climax."
An expedition to one of Jupiter's moons leads to contact with an alien species that may be plotting a takeover of Earth in Erlick's (Regina Shen: Endurance, 2016, etc.) sci-fi novel.Read full book review >
THE GENERAL’S WOMEN by Susan Wittig Albert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A genuinely involving example of that rarest of birds: first-rate historical fiction about Eisenhower."
A work focuses on Dwight D. Eisenhower, his wartime mistress, and his wife. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS by Casey Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An effective combination of traditional and modern YA elements."
A hilarious, angst-ridden YA novel about a teenage girl acclimating to life at a new high school by Griffin (Beauty and the Wiener: A Rescue Dog Romance, 2017, etc.).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 >