Thrillers Book Reviews

FIND ME by J.S. Monroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Fast-paced, satisfying, and, ultimately, life-affirming."
Monroe's debut thriller is a paranoiac's dream with plenty of twists. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN SWITCH by Matthew Quirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"An excellent follow-up to Cold Barrel Zero (2015), this is a standout thriller."
An underground network of U.S. operatives contracted by the government to kill terrorists has been exposed, leaving the Special Ops and their families vulnerable to foreign assassins. Read full book review >

A TWIST OF THE KNIFE by Becky Masterman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Against all odds, the harrowing back story and repeated doses of present-tense violence make the investigation not so much shocking as deeply, heart-wrenchingly sad. It'll be a long time before intrepid readers who enter Masterman's latest labyrinth shake off its suffocating spell."
Even though her father is hovering near death, Brigid Quinn, put out to pasture in Tucson, can't help responding to another request from her old FBI friend Laura Coleman (Rage Against the Dying, 2013) to help with a cold case that turns red-hot. Read full book review >
VICIOUS CIRCLE by C.J. Box
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Bracingly familiar pleasures expertly packaged. The two families' fraught history, tangled enough to fuel a whole season of high-country soap opera, keeps this installment from being the best place to take the initial plunge into the franchise, but first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded."
In his 17th adventure, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett (Off the Grid, 2016, etc.) goes another 15 rounds with surviving members of the toxic Cates family. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Owen Laukkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Laukkanen combines great storytelling with deep compassion for the underdog. Despite brief references to earlier cases, you can safely read the novels in any order."
The sixth fast-paced entry in the Stevens-Windermere crime-fighting series (The Watcher in the Wall, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Stevens' take on a familiar woman-pursued-by-abuser plot has sparked a fast-paced thriller with a surprise twist."
In Stevens' (Those Girls, 2015, etc.) latest, a Canadian woman believes a decade in prison hasn't lessened her former husband's obsessive belief that they were meant to be together. Read full book review >
SARATOGA PAYBACK by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Fans who come for the tangled, forgettable mystery will stay for the hero. The man's most mundane problems continue to be way more interesting than the criminal intrigues in which Dobyns (Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?, 2015, etc.) entangles him."
Shorn of the PI license and handgun permit that saw him through 10 variously loopy cases (Saratoga Strongbox, 1998, etc.), Charlie Bradshaw, whose business card now simply reads "Consultant," fights to get a piece of the action after he stumbles over a corpse outside his house. Read full book review >
SAY NOTHING by Brad Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you'll be shaking with gratitude that it's finally over."
A Virginia judge's 6-year-old twins are kidnapped by someone who wants to influence an important ruling he's soon to make—and doesn't mind putting him through the emotional wringer in the process. Read full book review >
MISTER MEMORY by Marcus Sedgwick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Marvelously imagined and sure to appeal to readers who enjoy an intelligent thriller."
Young-adult novelist Sedgwick (A Love Like Blood, 2015) returns to Paris in his second book for adults, this time to La Belle Epoque, weaving murder and memory into an intense thriller. Read full book review >
WAKING LIONS by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Gundar-Goshen's U.S. debut seems poised to catch fire, with the multiple narrative perspectives and dizzying reversals that connoisseurs of this genre adore."
In this intense moral thriller, an Israeli doctor conceals a fatal hit-and-run, is blackmailed by his victim's widow into operating an underground clinic for refugees, and sees everything he ever believed about himself crumble to bits. Read full book review >
THE GERMAN by James Patrick Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Hunt (Once Upon a Time in Camelot, 2016, etc.) supplies the perfect antidote for post-election blues: the assurance that all those endless geopolitical calculations could be settled once and for all by a spot of violent personal revenge against the bad actors."
A German intelligence agent who suffered dire consequences when he refused to change a report at the behest of a pair of Americans vows to make them suffer even more. Read full book review >
I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The author's meticulous detail to investigative accuracy and talent in weaving a thrilling tale set her work apart from others in the field."
Mackintosh follows her wildly successful debut thriller (I Let You Go, 2016) with the harrowing tale of a woman in the cross hairs of a vicious criminal enterprise operating deep within the London Underground. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >