Thrillers Book Reviews

ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL by Sarah Vaughan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Former political correspondent Vaughan makes an impressive debut with this savvy, propulsive courtroom drama."
A handsome British politician—also the prime minister's oldest, closest friend—finds himself on trial for rape. Read full book review >
CATALYST by Rachel Grant
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Distinctive and satisfying romantic suspense."
When an American aid worker disappears in South Sudan, an unlikely ally comes to her rescue in this sequel. Read full book review >

HOUSE. TREE. PERSON. by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Although the idea isn't original, the clever way McPherson (Quiet Neighbors, 2016, etc.) reveals each hint of the truth makes this a one-sitting read."
A Scottish woman's psychological history causes her to question her sanity. Read full book review >
WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU by Stephanie Kuehn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Full of secrets and plot twists, Kuehn's latest is a satisfying, sophisticated study in complicated relationships. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A multiethnic group of teenagers goes camping on a school trip, but not all of them make it home alive. Read full book review >
THE LOST ONES by Sheena Kamal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"A gritty, violent read with a tough, idiosyncratic, dryly witty heroine readers will root for even if they wouldn't want to invite her home."
A Vancouver woman with demons to spare is asked to find a teen runaway in Kamal's searing debut. Read full book review >

THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Cancel your plans for the weekend when you sit down with this book, because you won't want to move until it's over."
Suspense queen Ware's (The Woman in Cabin 10, 2016, etc.) third novel in three years introduces four women who have been carrying a terrible secret since their boarding school days, a secret that is about to be literally unearthed. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >