Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

THE 8TH CIRCLE by Sarah Cain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This dark debut isn't for everyone, but it's great for what it is: tight, well-crafted, and nasty. It nails the noir."
This dark thriller is a fast-paced plunge into a hell that reeks of sex and blood. Read full book review >
VAGABOND by Gerald Seymour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An author who seemingly can do no wrong, British spymaster Seymour delivers another first-rate effort—this one focused on an old-fashioned hero facing up to new challenges."
Twenty years after the IRA declared a cease-fire in Northern Ireland, a small, unreconstructed group of its members are plotting to buy weapons from a Russian arms dealer. A legendary runner of agents for MI5 known as Vagabond is called out of self-imposed retirement to thwart their efforts to stir up trouble. Read full book review >

THE VERDICT by Nick Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"The suspense never lets up in this terrific courtroom drama. Fans of John Grisham will love it. It's definitely movie material."
A fast-moving British legal thriller filled with tension and surprises. Read full book review >
KILLING PILGRIM by Alen Mattich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"One of the year's most enjoyable thrillers, this sequel boasts great characters, lived-in dialogue, and stripped-down storytelling that for all its drama couldn't be lighter on its feet."
Forced into a covert operation by a cutthroat female CIA agent, Zagreb police captain Marko della Torre finds himself caught in the cross hairs between opposing factions, with little chance of escaping to safety. Read full book review >
TIPPING POINT by David Poyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"First-class storytelling by a master of the genre."
A hair-raising yarn of the sea and a U.S. Navy cruiser on the cusp of war. Read full book review >

IVORY by Tony Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A compelling tale filled with tension, blood, and a disturbing moral question: will humans stop killing Africa's large animals before they become extinct?"
A fast-moving thriller set in South Africa and the Indian Ocean. Read full book review >
AMERICAN BLOOD by Ben Sanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Great dialogue and a hero who won't stay hidden make this a winner for crime fans."
A fast-moving thriller that leaves a trail of blood and grit across the pages. Read full book review >
A DIFFERENT LIE by Derek Haas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"An unflinching little gem of a story: violent, dark, and unrelentingly entertaining."
Two dangerous assassins tangle with deadly results in the latest book by screenwriter, novelist, and producer Haas. Read full book review >
THE WHISPERING CITY by Sara Moliner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"If this first mystery is, as many are, the introduction of a detective for a new series, then this young reporter may prove to be a character readers are eager to follow."
The 1952 murder of a famous socialite in Franco's Spain brings an aspiring young newspaperwoman up against the oppressive regime. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH FIRE by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Clear your schedule for this one—you won't want to put it down until you're finished."
A suspenseful thriller about mysterious music and a violinist's fear of her child. Read full book review >
PRETTY GIRLS by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Slaughter (Cop Town, 2014, etc.) is so uncompromising in following her blood trails to the darkest places imaginable that she makes most of her high-wire competition look pallid, formulaic, or just plain fake."
Twenty-four years after a traumatic disappearance tore a Georgia family apart, Slaughter's scorching stand-alone picks them up and shreds them all over again. Read full book review >
A SONG OF SHADOWS by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Connolly infuses his thrillers with enough of the supernatural to please fans of both genres, but it's his sense of humor, timeless characters, and impeccable writing that make his work worth reading."
Nazis, neighbors, and a nasty hit man coalesce around Connolly's iconic character, Charlie Parker, who's recovering from a near-fatal hit. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >