Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession's inescapable links to violence."
Desperate to find lives more fulfilling than her own, a lonely London commuter imagines the story of a couple she's only glimpsed through the train window in Hawkins' chilling, assured debut, in which the line between truth and lie constantly shifts like the rocking of a train. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"With so many thrillers cheaply exploiting violence against girls and women, de Mariaffi's (How to Get Along With Women, 2012) treatment of the topic, through Evie's vulnerable yet empowered voice, is refreshingly reverent."
In Canadian writer de Mariaffi's debut mystery, a 1982 abduction and murder teaches girls growing up in Toronto how to be afraid. Read full book review >

TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An intriguing, textured mystery that perfectly layers humor, suspense and romance."
When Grace Elland finds her murdered boss's body, she comes to the attention of the police, a sexy new neighbor and an apparent stalker who seems linked to both this crime and a violent event from Grace's past. Read full book review >
DOING THE DEVIL'S WORK by Bill Loehfelm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This series just keeps getting better."
In the latest volume of Loehfelm's Maureen Coughlin series, the ambitious protagonist, now a rookie cop, tangles with some scary homegrown militia types called the Sovereign Citizens. Read full book review >
DIE AGAIN by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Mystery lovers not familiar with the author's work should brace themselves, because they might trip over a bucket of entrails. But they will also find a terrific storyteller."
A not-for-the-squeamish murder mystery set in both Boston and Botswana. Read full book review >

LAST DAYS IN SHANGHAI by Casey Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Though its observations about China's construction boom and the dismal state of American politics are as fresh as the morning news feed, Walker's novel also feels like a disquieting peek deep into the coming decades of global economic upheaval."
Slimy all-American graft oozes from beneath the economic aspirations of contemporary China in this witty, illuminating thriller. Read full book review >
IRÈNE by Pierre Lemaitre
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A book that no matter how fast the reader connects the dots still produces a bombshell that's both brilliant and diabolical."
Though this isn't the first of Lemaitre's books to be translated into English—that would be Alex (2013)—this was the first he wrote, and it introduces his unique and unforgettable police investigator, Commandant Camille Verhœven.Read full book review >
INTO A RAGING BLAZE by Andreas Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"There's plenty to like in this plausible and well-written tale."
An oddly named but engaging spy thriller translated from the Swedish. Read full book review >
FIVE MINUTES ALONE by Paul Cleave
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"'All of this killing has made him feel,' Carl's exhilarated to realize. Readers following him through this season of Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers will feel the whole gamut right along with him."
Think vigilante killers have it easy? Cleave offers a macabre, compelling demonstration of how Murphy's Law dogs the efforts of ex-cop Carl Schroder to give victims of violent crime the five minutes alone they crave with the criminals who've ruined their lives. Read full book review >
THE DELTA by Tony Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Don't expect damsels in distress in this novel. Do expect a thrill ride that won't disappoint."
A fast-moving thriller starring a female mercenary in a great setting, along with violence and a dollop of sex. Read full book review >
BROKEN MONSTERS by Lauren Beukes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Beukes gave us a time traveling serial killer in The Shining Girls, and the monsters in her latest tale, whether they're real or imagined, will keep you up all night."
A genuinely unsettling—in all the best ways—blend of suspense and the supernatural makes this a serial-killer tale like you've never seen. Read full book review >
GANGSTERLAND by Tod Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Clever plotting, a colorful cast of characters and priceless situations make this comedic crime novel an instant classic."
Targeted by both the feds and his bosses in the Chicago mob after messing up on the job, a prolific hit man hides out in Las Vegas as, of all things, a rabbi. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >