Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

THE SHAPESHIFTERS by Stefan Spjut
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A disturbingly dark and strangely realistic novel of suspense and myth that will appeal to enthusiasts of both mysteries and more fantastical fiction."
In his first novel to be available in English, Spjut offers readers a substantial, menacing thriller that combines familiar elements of Scandinavian crime fiction with Swedish mythology. Read full book review >
SPY GAMES by Adam Brookes
THRILLERS
Released: July 7, 2015

"Brookes' second novel is a multipronged spy thriller that fires on all cylinders. A smarter or more exciting mystery likely won't be released this year."
Having survived a disastrous turn of events in China in Brookes' sensational debut, Night Heron (2014), British journalist-cum-spy Philip Mangan is dragged back into perilous waters by a mysterious Chinese official who wants to trade state secrets.Read full book review >

RAMPAGE by Alan Brenham
THRILLERS
Released: July 4, 2015

"Precise and unequivocally gripping; an edge-of-your-seat ride from beginning to end."
In Brenham's (Cornered, 2014, etc.) latest thriller, cops in Austin, Texas, face off against a former convict on a vengeance-driven, murderous crime spree. Read full book review >
WHAT DOESN'T KILL HER by Carla Norton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"In spite of allowing the second entry in the series to tap into emotional back stories that might better have been saved for later, Norton writes smart characters and cleverly leaves herself room for a sequel."
A kidnapping victim must use her insight into her former captor to catch him after he escapes from a psychiatric hospital. Read full book review >
WHITE CROCODILE by K.T. Medina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A heart-rending look at a culture decimated by the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge."
Mysterious disappearances, danger, and death converge against the exotic backdrop of post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia in Medina's debut effort. Read full book review >

GHOST FLEET by P.W. Singer
THRILLERS
Released: June 30, 2015

"Overall not a bad read, but it probably won't keep readers up late—at least not without a few stim tabs."
A speculative thriller that imagines the next world war. Read full book review >
GRENDEL'S GAME by Erik Mauritzson
THRILLERS
Released: June 30, 2015

"A tepid addition to the Scandinavian crime-fiction shelf."
A killer who professes to enjoy the taste of human flesh goes up against a Swedish cop in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH SPY by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"This page-turner deepens Allon's legend and illuminates more of his shadowy world, all while cementing Silva's place among the top tier of spy thriller writers."
Gabriel Allon may be a talented, world-renowned restorer of classic paintings, but he's willing to kneecap a Russian spy if necessary. Read full book review >
Drink Dirt Eat Stone by Kyle Fleishman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"A violent, thrilling mystery hampered at times by overly gruesome exposition."
A debut novel following a former hit man who tries to eliminate old enemies before the past catches up with him. Read full book review >
FOUR SEATS by Aaron Cooley
THRILLERS
Released: June 25, 2015

"A scorching pace makes this savvy thriller a quick read."
In Cooley's (Shaken, Not Stirred, 2013) legal thriller, a U.S. Supreme Court policeman uncovers a conspiracy while searching for the people who bombed the Supreme Court. Read full book review >
Skully, Perdition Games by L.E. Fraser
THRILLERS
Released: June 21, 2015

"A fast-paced mystery featuring plenty of excitement."
Kidnapping, murder, and mind games are afoot in Fraser's (Simon Says, 2014) latest thriller, which revisits PI Sam McNamara as she tackles a new case.Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATUM by Dick Wolf
THRILLERS
Released: June 16, 2015

"Another solid thriller by Wolf, who is proving as dependable a novelist as a TV producer."
In Wolf's third Jeremy Fisk thriller, a sniper using a specially equipped drone is randomly killing people in New York. He promises to continue doing so until a leaker of police intelligence materials, who has been taken into custody, is released. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >