Thrillers Book Reviews

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 >
PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Box handles both the set pieces and the longer arc with professional dexterity. The results can't exactly be called memorable, but if you like chases across wide-open spaces, you'll race toward the satisfying climax without caring about anything else."
Box takes another break from the travails of Wyoming Fish and Game Warden Joe Pickett (Vicious Circle, 2017, etc.) to throw a serial killer at a dogged investigator and vice versa. 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 >
THE SMACK by Richard Lange
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"In this breezy page-turner, Lange shows off his uncommon ability to combine toughness and tenderness."
Down-on-his-luck grifter Rowan Petty is talked into taking part in an iffy get-rich scheme by Dandy Don, an ex-con in Reno, only to be set up for a fall. Read full book review >
BLAME by Jeff Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel."
An amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott's (The First Order, 2016, etc.) tense psychological thriller. Read full book review >

SOUL CAGE by Tetsuya Honda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"The seventh in Honda's series, and the second published in English, dives deep into the details of a complex investigation and the challenges facing a woman in a competitive working environment."
A veteran policewoman battles a competitive squad room and witnesses with secrets. Read full book review >
DARK SATURDAY by Nicci French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A welcome return to form after the heroine's overwrought, undernourishing last adventure (Friday on My Mind, 2016), even if the continuing villains smack more than ever of a soap opera that just won't end."
Pressed to investigate a suspect cop's handling of an ancient case, psychotherapist Dr. Frieda Klein ends up finding out a whole lot more. Read full book review >
TWO NIGHTS by Kathy Reichs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Reichs' newest heroine, the polar opposite of cerebral Temperance Brennan (Speaking in Bones, 2015, etc.), is fueled by a well-nigh uncontrollable rage in her thrilling, violent search for a missing girl so much like herself."
A search for a missing girl resurrects traumatic memories for a woman already struggling with life. Read full book review >
THE LAST HACK by Christopher Brookmyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"An enjoyable departure from its predecessors, Brookmyre's eighth Jack Parlabane novel works exceptionally well as cybercrime fiction, but it's the human element that makes it tick."
Blackmailed by an online stranger calling himself Zodiac, young black Glaswegian hacker Samantha Morpeth teams with scuffling journalist Jack Parlabane in an attempt to turn the tables on her foe. Read full book review >
THE CHILD by Fiona Barton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"This is as much a why-dunit as a whodunit, with the real question being whether it's possible to heal and live with the truth after hiding behind a lie for so long."
Three women's lives become entwined when a newborn's skeleton is discovered beneath a bulldozed London building site, exposing secrets buried as deep as the fragile bones. Read full book review >
TRAP THE DEVIL by Ben Coes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A very readable story which at times seems disconcertingly real."
A former Special Forces operative uncovers the sinister plot of a group of powerful extremists hidden deep within the American government. Read full book review >
UNSUB by Meg Gardiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Every detail Gardiner (Phantom Instinct, 2014, etc.) uses to grease the skids is over-the-top, but readers sucked into this vortex won't care; they'll be too busy counting down the hours to the appearance of the promised sequel, which seems poised to begin about five minutes after the final scene."
Move over, Zodiac. The latest of the countless fictional serial killers you've inspired gives you a blistering run for your money. 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 >