Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

THE LADY FROM ZAGREB by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"For setting, character, plot—and the ability to navigate a moral swamp—le Carré has a rival in Kerr."
Kerr (Field Gray, 2011, etc.) does moral ambiguity better than most; his flawed yet empathetic hero, Bernie Gunther, is a captain in the Nazi SD—Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers, the SS's feared intelligence service.Read full book review >
COMPULSION by Allison Brennan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"While Max's original bitchy attitude needed adjusting, this incarnation makes for some embarrassingly maudlin moments."
Brennan gives Maxine "Max" Revere a makeover, though she's still a rich, beautiful and brilliant TV host and true-crime crusader. Read full book review >

KILLER, COME HITHER by Louis Begley
THRILLERS
Released: April 7, 2015

"Perhaps the author had some fun with this, but the result isn't likely to engage fans of either Begley or thrillers."
A veteran novelist takes an unfortunate turn with this stilted, contrived thriller. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF ECHOES by Brendan Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A wonderfully tense and heart-wrenching debut."
In an isolated village in upstate New York, a young family finds "[d]emons in the wood and devils at the door." Read full book review >
A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"The mystery this time is no more than a pendant to a frantic, funny, unsparing account of the corrosive power of big money on print journalism, state government and the fragile souls who fill out the cast. Enjoy it on those terms, and you'll be sorry when it's over."
A fourth chapter in the race to the bottom between the state of Rhode Island and Providence Dispatch reporter Liam Mulligan (Providence Rag, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

THE ARC OF THE SWALLOW by Sissel-Jo Gazan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Among the latest crop of Scandinavian thriller writers, Gazan combines the broad scope of Jo Nesbø with the ability to focus as closely and remorselessly as Karin Fossum."
A pair of apparently unrelated suicides on the same day poses a formidable mystery for Deputy Chief Superintendent Søren Marhauge, of Copenhagen's Violent Crimes Unit. Read full book review >
ONE MILE UNDER by Andrew Gross
THRILLERS
Released: April 7, 2015

"A good tale that will have thriller readers looking for the next Ty Hauck adventure."
An enjoyable thriller that wades into Western water rights and deals with the devil. Read full book review >
CINCO BECKNELL by Lee Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Maynard is a consummate storyteller, and the thriller elements run parallel to the tough life of the homeless on the streets of The City Different."
A fictional mélange that's part thriller and part social commentary, set against the beautiful scenic backdrop of the southwest—and it works. Read full book review >
ROTHAKER by Jenifer Ruff
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 2015

"Absorbing, at times gory thriller featuring an oddly compelling killer 'heroine.'"
Beautiful, superfocused,yet troubledBrooke Walton, now in medical school, is involved in yet another disappearance of a fellow female student in this second installment of a dark thriller series. Read full book review >
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry
THRILLERS
Released: March 31, 2015

"Another page-turning thriller blending history, speculation and fast-paced action."
During the Great Depression, former Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon gave President Franklin Delano Roosevelt a marked dollar bill and a cryptic note. The puzzle contained in those items now forces retired intelligence agent Cotton Malone to save the world economy. Read full book review >
NORMAL by Graeme Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"A black comedy featuring a bizarre murderer who believes he suffers for his 'art.' Cameron has written a painfully funny story that's littered with corpses, both intentional and unintentional, and proves that sometimes spotting the craziest person on the block isn't quite as easy as it seems."
Cameron's novel inserts readers into the life of a man who is anything but what the title implies—normal. Read full book review >
GIRL UNDERWATER by Claire Kells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"With its subzero temperatures that will make you reach for a blanket and a wounded but never weakened heroine, Kells' assured debut is a winner."
A plane crash in the Rockies leaves more than physical scars on an up-and-coming competitive college swimmer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >