Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

RUSH OF BLOOD by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Billingham, creator of DI Tom Thorne (Die of Shame, 2016, etc.), provides a stand-alone that's both creepy and shocking as he probes a friendship with complexities even the friends can't fathom."
Trouble in paradise follows three British couples back home. Read full book review >
ZODIAC by Sam Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The use of astrology, while intriguing, is not enough to hang an entire novel on, let alone an entire fictional society, and Wilson's efforts to whip up suspense around the multiple murder case fall as flat as his characters."
A serial killer is on the loose in a society ruled by its citizens' zodiac signs. Read full book review >

THE POSSESSIONS by Sara Flannery Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Imaginative and original, this is a novel that should have resonated more deeply."
In Murphy's debut novel, people can reconnect with the dead through the Elysian Society, whose employees—known as "bodies"—are temporarily possessed with the help of a drug called a "lotus." Read full book review >
THE FREEDOM BROKER by K.J. Howe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A spectacular start for what promises be a great Thea Paris series."
A fast-moving thriller featuring kidnapped oil tycoon Christos Paris and his kidnap-negotiator daughter, Thea. She's tough. She's smart. She's diabetic. Read full book review >
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Elaborate but worth the effort. Think Jo Nesbø by way of Haruki Murakami, and with a most satisfying payoff."
A bestselling Japanese crime novelist makes his American debut with a pensive but overlong whodunit that sheds light on power relations in his native country. Read full book review >

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW by Joann Chaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The pace is unusually slow for a thriller with no grisly murder scenes, but that's part of the book's strength. It's the escalating psychological tension and the interactions of three-dimensional characters that lift this well above the serial-killer norm."
A deranged serial killer is captured and brought to justice. That's usually the end of a good thriller, but it's the start of this unusually thoughtful first novel, which relies more on character studies than gory details. Read full book review >
ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Robb knows her audience will be highly sympathetic to a police heroine who has to walk a crime scene in uncomfortably fashionable stiletto heels, but along the winding trail to the easily spotted villain, she's not afraid to throw in some descriptions that will earn this installment an R for serious sexual violence."
The winter of 2061 finds New York still with no cure for blizzards, or for serial felonies. Read full book review >
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sense of inevitable loss and futility permeates this rich drama. The fascists may never be defeated but only escaped—if the characters are willing to abandon the people they love. That dilemma will haunt them, as it haunts the reader."
A tightly woven and diverse cast of spies, criminals, cabaret bohemians, and lovers struggles to save what matters to each of them against a tide of rising fascism and violence in Donnelly's debut novel, set in a vaguely 1920s milieu. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTWALKER by Sebastian Fitzek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Skip Chapter 42 and this is a powerhouse of a labyrinthine read. You may be fearful of sleeping again."
This translation of a bestselling German novel is a 352-page nightmare in which dreams and reality are indiscernible to the end. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S REVELATION  by Robert Knott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A classic plot and plenty of 8-gauge shotgun showdowns best enjoyed by those who've followed Cole and Hitch's previous adventures."
Knott (Robert B. Parker's Blackjack, 2016, etc.) continues Parker's Western series, this time sending U.S. Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole and Deputy Marshal Everett Hitch in pursuit of killers fleeing from an Arizona Territory prison. Read full book review >
THE UNSEEING by Anna Mazzola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Haunting characters propel this well-paced story of true crime and imperfect punishment."
A grisly murder in an England on the cusp of the Victorian era sets the scene for this thriller. Read full book review >
ZERO DAY by T.L. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A skillfully rendered account of superpowers locked in covert war."
In this political thriller, the United States races to thwart a massive cyberattack from China. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >