Thrillers Book Reviews

BOUNDARY by Andrée  Michaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Spellbinding. This novel is no light read, and beneath its layers lies a vision profoundly rewarding, beautiful, and tragic."
Quebec novelist Michaud (The River of Dead Trees, 2002, etc.) explores the devastating consequences of murder upon a close-knit community in this deeply psychological novel translated from the French. Read full book review >
THE SILENT CORNER by Dean Koontz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Perhaps Koontz's leanest, meanest thriller, this initial entry in a new series introduces a smart, appealing heroine who can outthink as well as outshoot the baddest of bad dudes."
After discovering that an odd surge in suicides, including that of her decorated Marine husband, was triggered by nanotech brain implants, FBI agent Jane Hawk goes rogue to root out the evil conspiracy behind the deaths. Read full book review >

DEFECTORS by Joseph Kanon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A blend of Spy vs. Spy and sibling vs. sibling (not since le Carré's A Perfect Spy has there been a family of spooks to rival this one), Kanon reaffirms his status as one of the very best writers in the genre."
In 1949, CIA agent Frank Weeks was exposed as a Communist spy and defected to the Soviet Union. A dozen years later, his brother, Simon, a publisher, gets into deep trouble when he travels to Moscow to work on Frank's memoir. Read full book review >
DO NOT BECOME ALARMED by Maile Meloy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Do not start this book after dinner or you will almost certainly be up all night."
Three families on a cruise are separated from their children during a shore excursion in Central America. Read full book review >
HE SAID/SHE SAID by Erin Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Spellbinding."
A shocking crime and its aftermath—and the blurred line between guilt and innocence—propel Kelly's (The Burning Air, 2013, etc.) riveting new thriller. Read full book review >

THE WEIGHT OF LIES by Emily Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Twists aplenty in this searing murder mystery should leave readers dizzy, in the best way possible."
In this thriller, a tell-all about a celebrity novelist examines her most famous horror book, which may be more truth than fiction. Read full book review >
THE LONG DROP by Denise Mina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A terrific exploration of crime and oppression."
Hard men work their will in 1950s Glasgow. Read full book review >
ROCKS BEAT PAPER by Mike Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Knowles builds for impact and speed. Even the ruthless hero's matter-of-fact reflections on his felonious craft ('The games we play are never fair and they never end clean. They just end') achieve a truly baleful economy."
The fifth recorded caper for the thief who, imitating Richard Stark's Parker, is known only as Wilson dangles a fortune in jewels in front of him and an ill-fated crew. Read full book review >
PROVING GROUND by Peter Blauner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A top-notch crime novel that avoids easy resolutions and is all the better for its unanswered questions."
The murder of a liberal lawyer in Brooklyn puts his Iraq War veteran son and two detectives on a collision course in this complex, character-rich tale. Read full book review >
A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Part bildungsroman, part history lesson, part political exposé, Christie's enthralling novel defies expectations while striking all the chords that make spy fiction so enjoyable."
Alexsi, the protagonist of Christie's latest novel, is a wily 16-year-old hustler and thief in 1930s Russia. After he is arrested, turned into a spy, and forced to become a Soviet double agent in Nazi Germany, his gift for self-preservation is tested to the max. Read full book review >
IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M.L.  Rio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"This novel about obsession at the conservatory will thoroughly obsess you."
For a clique of aspiring Shakespearean actors at an elite arts academy, the line between performance and reality dissolves, with disastrous results. Read full book review >
WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of humankind. In a word: unputdownable."
A brazen fusion of science fiction and apocalyptic thriller, the second installment in Neuvel's Themis Files (Sleeping Giants, 2016) is powered by nonstop action and adventure involving alien invaders and an army of seemingly indestructible giant robots—but ultimately it's also a deeply character-driven exploration of what it means to be human. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >