Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

THE HOUSE OF WOLFE by James Carlos Blake
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Slightly less violent and slower paced than Blake's last look at the Wolfe family (The Rules of Wolfe, 2013), this installment is an absorbing look at dire poverty, depravity and the all-too-successful business of kidnapping for profit."
Even for criminals, there's no such thing as a perfect plan. Read full book review >
TOO BAD TO DIE by Francine Mathews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Mathews writes well, keeps the pace brisk and has great fun re-creating historical personages."
If the title sounds reminiscent of a James Bond novel, it's no coincidence, for Mathews freely makes use of Ian Fleming's World War II experience as an intelligence officer in Cairo and Tehran to create adventures in espionage and counterespionage. Read full book review >

THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A brilliant work."
Caldwell (The Rule of Four, 2004) makes intriguing literature from complex theology, weaving in a text lost to history, the Shroud of Turin and Vatican duplicity. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSIN by Clive Cussler
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2015

"Another action-movie-paced entertainment from Cussler's historical-thriller series."
Cussler and Scott (The Bootlegger, 2014, etc.) send detective Isaac Bell on his eighth historical action-adventure, this time tackling the "Octopus," otherwise known as Standard Oil.Read full book review >
THE JOURNALS OF BOB DRIFTER by M.L.S. Weech
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2015

"An often engaging supernatural thriller with an immortal protagonist with meritorious human traits."
In Weech's debut supernatural thriller, an empathetic soul collector must stop one of his own from reaping dark souls and committing murder. Read full book review >

THE DEAD KEY by D.M. Pulley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"For readers who do make it to the end, there is genuine suspense with satisfying surprises."
Pulley's debut is a story of theft, seduction and greed in a stately bank building. Read full book review >
BAD MOOD DRIVE by Alan Douglas
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"Sturdy characters and an endless batch of surprises make the glaring translation problems relatively easy to overlook."
Getting the largest piece of a wealthy man's inheritance may drive his children to undertake a few bad deeds, including murder, in the English-language version of Douglas' debut thriller. Read full book review >
FINDING JAKE by Bryan Reardon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A compelling read; disturbingly relevant in contemporary America."
A father hears about a shooting incident at his son's high school—and then finds his son is one of the suspected killers. Read full book review >
THE ALPHABET HOUSE by Jussi Adler-Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A study of loyalty confronting madness and evil."
Adler-Olsen (The Marco Effect, 2014, etc.) begins his first stand-alone thriller with a World War II reconnaissance mission. Read full book review >
MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD by Jeffrey Archer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Expect once more unto the breach: The conclusion's a turbo-charged cliffhanger that'll have fans screaming Arrrcherr!"
The fifth of Archer's Clifton Chronicles begins with a bang before heading on to only slightly less explosive ground as Archer examines his fictional clan's financial, political and personal contretemps in the 1960s. Read full book review >
LAMENTATION by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Shakespearean characterization and Byzantine plotting: Amid all the stink and muck of Tudor London, Sansom offers a master class in royal intrigue."
Sansom follows the further adventures of Matthew Shardlake, Serjeant at Law (Heartstone, 2011, etc.), as the good lawyer is summoned by Queen Catherine during the last days of Henry VIII's reign.Read full book review >
THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS by Kate Rhodes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A giant forward leap when it comes to plot, but the prose is weighed down with an avalanche of similes and odd verb choices."
Rhodes places her go-to protagonist, Alice Quentin, in peril again in this third novel in the series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >