Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"As so often for the firm of Rosato & DiNunzio (Betrayed, 2014, etc.), the ending, logical but woefully underprepared, is a serious disappointment. Fans eager to see Bennie's courtroom mettle won't care a bit."
Twelve years after a Kids-for-Cash scheme ends the childhood of two boys, Philadelphia lawyer Bennie Rosato must defend one of them on a charge of murdering the other. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Apart from all the big names tossed in to cow Casselli, Woods mostly soft-pedals the usual gratuitous inflation and extraneous subplots, keeping things simple, straightforward, and pleasantly predictable."
A former New York Mafioso who's fled home to Italy kidnaps the latest inamorata of the redoubtable Stone Barrington (Hot Pursuit, 2015, etc.). Big mistake.Read full book review >

DEPRAVED HEART by Patricia Cornwell
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A trademark Cornwell mystery: terse and tangled, messy and body fluid-y, and altogether satisfying."
Another gritty, world-weary tale of mayhem by masterful mysterian Cornwell (Flesh and Blood, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Delivers on all the grand epic sweep, lush prose, and overwrought emotion promised by the first two volumes; if that's the sort of thing you like, this is the sort of book you'll love. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Thomas wraps up her trilogy with a grandiose finale, plus a hearts-and-flowers denouement. Read full book review >
IF YOU WRONG US by Dawn Klehr
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"An intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
Within the crumbling city of Detroit, two grief-stricken teens discover a tenuous thread that ties their personal tragedies together and concoct a sinister plan for vengeance. Read full book review >

SATURN RUN by John Sandford
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure."
Quite a departure for Sandford, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth's gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. Read full book review >
Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"A signature Cash creation, full of both mayhem and heart."
From the author of Pokergeist (2015) comes a tale of teenagers at a theme park featuring actual zombies, vampires, and werewolves.Read full book review >
Fire War by T.T. Michael
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Readers will find an engaging family drama underneath this futuristic political thriller."
In Michael's sci-fi debut, a sniper must deal with his feelings and his family as a North American superstate takes over. Read full book review >
Dead Yet Dying by B. K. Brain
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"Exciting mystical elements bolster an exhilarating tale led by two appealing characters."
In Brain's (Doris and the Ankh, 2015) thriller, the fate of the world may be in the hands of a janitor and a high schooler, both inextricably tied to a serial killer's spree.Read full book review >
Concrete Evidence by Jeff Shaw
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A simple tale with a hero who's just a regular guy, which makes him all the more likable and exemplary."
An agent in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, searching for missing parolees, fears that the Aryan Brotherhood may be responsible for their disappearances in Shaw's straightforward debut thriller. Read full book review >
Parker Strip by Jeff Osterhage
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"An endlessly diverting crime story featuring a wide array of characters and subplots."
In Osterhage's debut thriller, a crime lord's murder energizes criminals and cops alike on both the California and Arizona side of the Colorado River's Parker Strip. Read full book review >
PRETTY GIRLS by Karin Slaughter
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >