Thrillers Book Reviews

THE WOLF OF SARAJEVO by Matthew Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Well-written, exciting, and fast-paced fiction by a diplomat with deep knowledge of the Balkans."
A suspenseful Balkans thriller by the author of The American Mission (2014).Read full book review >
A GAME FOR ALL THE FAMILY by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Even after the last clouds have dispersed, you won't soon forget this nightmare within a nightmare."
A London TV producer who's retired to Devon to get away from it all is terrorized by a series of anonymous phone calls that mercilessly reveal every fault line in the lives of two families, one of them her own. Read full book review >

THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A satisfying tale overall, just right for the beach. Be sure to wear sunscreen."
Pleasing mayhem from horror/thrillermeister Hill (NOS4A2, 2013, etc.), the chip-off-the-old-block son of Stephen King.Read full book review >
BLOOD FLAG by Steve Martini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Martini holds serve with his 14th Paul Madriani thriller, in which Hitler's evil legacy continues to haunt survivors of World War II."
After World War II veteran Robert Brauer dies under mysterious circumstances, San Diego attorney Paul Madriani—hired to defend Brauer's daughter on charges of assisting a suicide—discovers the old man was not the only member of his former Army unit to meet with a suspicious end. 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 >

BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Science fiction as action adventure, the sort of book primed for screen treatment if a producer can find a sufficient F/X budget."
Effective Engineering Solutions' chief honcho, Eli Glinn, is out of his wheelchair, walking and ready for revenge after his agent Gideon Crew discovered a "restorative, health-giving lotus" on his last adventure (The Lost Island, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
SHADOW WAR by Sean McFate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A promising debut from an author who clearly knows the realities of the mercenary's trade."
A veteran paratrooper and military contractor's debut novel about an American mercenary on a covert operation in Ukraine. 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 >
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Enough characters, confrontations, secrets, and subplots to fill the stage of an opera house—and leave spectators from the orchestra to the balcony moved and misty-eyed."
After an absence of five years, Hart finds more to mine in the fertile land of the Southern gothic. 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 >
THE PURSUIT OF PEARLS by Jane Thynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Darkly brooding horror hangs over Germany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and told from a most unusual perspective."
A movie star faces the nightmare of living in Nazi Germany in this second volume of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >
KEEP YOU CLOSE by Lucie Whitehouse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A first-rate psychological thriller about the decisions we make that forever define us."
A woman retraces an estranged friend's last days following her seemingly accidental death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >