Thrillers Book Reviews

FALL FROM GRACE by Tim Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Readers who despair after a hundred pages that all the plotlines Weaver has launched can't possibly fit together are strongly urged to persist. They do indeed all fit together, and the monstrous pattern that emerges is as devastating as in any of Ross Macdonald's nightmares."
Missing persons specialist David Raker (Never Coming Back, 2014, etc.) goes hunting for a vanished copper and finds a whole lot more in this endless, deeply felt, un-put-downable thriller. Read full book review >
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Kope's fascinating debut will place Steps Craig alongside Walt Longmire, Jack Reacher, and Charlie Parker as an enduring literary hero."
A quirky hero who chases the worst of serial killers with a bit of supernatural help makes Kope's debut novel a winner. Read full book review >

BRIGHTON by Michael Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Sharp as the blades used to gut the guilty and innocent alike, Harvey's fierce stand-alone is a blood-soaked tribute to finding your past and living with the consequences."
A reporter returns to the violent Boston suburb of his youth when a series of murders appears linked to his past. Read full book review >
I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Reid's tightly crafted tale toys with the nature of identity and comes by its terror honestly, building a wall of intricately layered psychological torment so impenetrable it's impossible to escape."
A road trip in a snowstorm takes a sinister turn for a man and his girlfriend, the novel's unnamed narrator. Read full book review >
THE SECOND GIRL by David Swinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"An auspicious, and gleefully amoral, series debut."
Old habits die hard, and sometimes cause collateral damage, in this character-driven crime story. Read full book review >

HELL'S GATE by Bill Schutt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Fast-moving fun for thriller readers who enjoy a bit of horror and seeing bad guys get what's coming to them."
A World War II thriller with plenty of action and suspense in a most unusual setting. Read full book review >
A HERO OF FRANCE by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"This daydream of life under the Occupation is something rare: a suspense novel that offers the pleasures of relaxation."
A Resistance leader in Nazi-occupied France attempts to keep his lines of escape open in this lyrical spy novel. Read full book review >
THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"With a terrific new hero built for the long run, Hamilton stands to gain new followers—especially if Hollywood's plans to adapt the book come to fruition."
When hard-nosed Chicagoan Nick Mason is sprung from an Indiana prison after serving only five years of a 25-year-to-life sentence, he's hardly done paying for a killing he did not commit. Read full book review >
BEIJING RED by Alex Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A terrific tale for fans of the genre."
A fast-moving, tense biothriller set in China. Read full book review >
I LET YOU GO by Clare Mackintosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Mackintosh has written the kind of book that sticks in the reader's mind well after the final sentence."
When a 5-year-old boy is killed in a hit-and-run accident, the police find themselves with a sensational case and one woman discovers an emptiness that she may never fill in Mackintosh's engrossing debut. Read full book review >
Twenty-four Shadows by Tanya J. Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Educational and affecting; the importance of the author's ongoing mission to demystify the world of mental health care should not be overlooked."
An exploration of dissociative identity disorder, this fourth novel by Peterson (My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel, 2014, etc.) valiantly addresses the stigma of mental illness. Read full book review >
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >