Admirably ambitious and with a terrorist plot that isn’t the same old, same old.


A devastating terrorist bombing in Paris sparks a joint French-American investigation with conflicting methods and agendas in this debut thriller.

McGuire instantly sets an indelibly grisly and chaotic scene: the aftermath of two savage explosions—several minutes apart—of unprecedented magnitude. Enter Christine Dupont, who works for the French version of the FBI and CIA combined. But the CIA wants in on the investigation. “We have an interest here too,” she is told. “We can stay in the background, but we would like to be closely involved.” As the investigation progresses, the author shifts perspectives among the story’s good and bad actors. Among the former is 29-year-old Doyle O’Gara, who has just started a job in the Washington office of a security firm and is “excited to be joining the fight, no matter how small or peripheral his role might turn out to be.” Among the latter is Mohammed Jamal, who is portrayed with more depth than the usual villain in such cases. (“He had not intended there to be so many bodies.”) Terrorist plots and the race against time to foil possible imminent attacks are at this point reliable tropes for action fans, but McGuire heightens suspense by juggling several timelines. Chapters are subtitled “Six months before the attack,” “First day of the investigation,” “One month after the Paris attack,” and so on. O’Gara’s character gets muddied as the story progresses. He is dismissed at one point as “a marginal character, a techie.” But at another point, he himself reflects how his company duties “had been growing, rather rapidly it had seemed to him at the time.” Things aren’t made any clearer by this sentence: “He had not foreseen that he would play such a central role, albeit a minor one, in the investigation that swiftly followed.” Readers may either be disappointed or impressed by how the author subverts expectations for Jack Ryan–like heroics. Dupont, though, has the right stuff to carry a franchise of espionage adventures.

Admirably ambitious and with a terrorist plot that isn’t the same old, same old.

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Publisher: Manuscript

Review Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2020

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Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect.


Named for an imperfectly worded fortune cookie, Hoover's (It Ends with Us, 2016, etc.) latest compares a woman’s relationship with her husband before and after she finds out she’s infertile.

Quinn meets her future husband, Graham, in front of her soon-to-be-ex-fiance’s apartment, where Graham is about to confront him for having an affair with his girlfriend. A few years later, they are happily married but struggling to conceive. The “then and now” format—with alternating chapters moving back and forth in time—allows a hopeful romance to blossom within a dark but relatable dilemma. Back then, Quinn’s bad breakup leads her to the love of her life. In the now, she’s exhausted a laundry list of fertility options, from IVF treatments to adoption, and the silver lining is harder to find. Quinn’s bad relationship with her wealthy mother also prevents her from asking for more money to throw at the problem. But just when Quinn’s narrative starts to sound like she’s writing a long Facebook rant about her struggles, she reveals the larger issue: Ever since she and Graham have been trying to have a baby, intimacy has become a chore, and she doesn’t know how to tell him. Instead, she hopes the contents of a mystery box she’s kept since their wedding day will help her decide their fate. With a few well-timed silences, Hoover turns the fairly common problem of infertility into the more universal problem of poor communication. Graham and Quinn may or may not become parents, but if they don’t talk about their feelings, they won’t remain a couple, either.

Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect.

Pub Date: July 17, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-7159-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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Sydney and Ridge make beautiful music together in a love triangle written by Hoover (Losing Hope, 2013, etc.), with a link to a digital soundtrack by American Idol contestant Griffin Peterson. 

Hoover is a master at writing scenes from dual perspectives. While music student Sydney is watching her neighbor Ridge play guitar on his balcony across the courtyard, Ridge is watching Sydney’s boyfriend, Hunter, secretly make out with her best friend on her balcony. The two begin a songwriting partnership that grows into something more once Sydney dumps Hunter and decides to crash with Ridge and his two roommates while she gets back on her feet. She finds out after the fact that Ridge already has a long-distance girlfriend, Maggie—and that he's deaf. Ridge’s deafness doesn’t impede their relationship or their music. In fact, it creates opportunities for sexy nonverbal communication and witty text messages: Ridge tenderly washes off a message he wrote on Sydney’s hand in ink, and when Sydney adds a few too many e’s to the word “squee” in her text, Ridge replies, “If those letters really make up a sound, I am so, so glad I can’t hear it.” While they fight their mutual attraction, their hope that “maybe someday” they can be together playfully comes out in their music. Peterson’s eight original songs flesh out Sydney’s lyrics with a good mix of moody musical styles: “Living a Lie” has the drama of a Coldplay piano ballad, while the chorus of “Maybe Someday” marches to the rhythm of the Lumineers. But Ridge’s lingering feelings for Maggie cause heartache for all three of them. Independent Maggie never complains about Ridge’s friendship with Sydney, and it's hard to even want Ridge to leave Maggie when she reveals her devastating secret. But Ridge can’t hide his feelings for Sydney long—and they face their dilemma with refreshing emotional honesty. 

Hoover is one of the freshest voices in new-adult fiction, and her latest resonates with true emotion, unforgettable characters and just the right amount of sexual tension.

Pub Date: March 18, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4767-5316-4

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 7, 2014

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