Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

PARALLEL LINES by Steven Savile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A potentially wonderful and ingenious idea that gets all gummed up in the execution."
A dying man stages a bank robbery in order to provide for his handicapped son in this intricately plotted heist story. 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 >
LUCKY by Henry Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite some great action sequences, the story, as usual with Chang (Death Money, 2014, etc.), lacks both variety and surprise. What keeps you reading, along with the customary warts-and-all portrait of New York's Chinatown, is the uncanny strength of the bond between the career cop and his doomed blood brother."
Chang's fifth novel is a turbo-charged requiem for a blood brotherhood rooted in an impossibly distant past. Read full book review >
THE CUTTHROAT by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite an awkward transition or two and a bit of padding (there's a recipe for Welsh rarebit), the Bell series hits the right note for those who like crime fiction with a unique setting."
It's No. 10 in the Cussler and Scott (The Gangster, 2016, etc.) series chronicling the adventures of rich man-sleuth Isaac Bell and the Van Dorn Detective Agency as the 20th century dawns. Read full book review >

CUT TO THE BONE by Alex Caan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An intriguing concept that sadly boils down to motives that are as predictable and mundane as too many of the so-called twists."
The disappearance of a popular young vlogger becomes more sinister when threatening videos of her surface online. 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 >
PROOF OF LIES by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tale where the heroine's experiences as a grieving daughter and sister seem far more meaningful than any family secrets."
A teenager must unravel the mysteries behind her family's many tragedies in this first installment of a YA trilogy. 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 >
MARKED FOR REVENGE by Emelie Schepp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Though the protagonist, for whom the term 'prickly' could have been invented, rarely rises above the level of the stereotypical action heroine, she's starting to thaw and show just the hint of a personality."
A Swedish prosecutor discovers that the recent influx of illegally trafficked Thai girls leads back to a deadly man in her past whom she's hell-bent on killing. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >