Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
SHINING CITY by Tom Rosenstiel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Sure to steady the pulse."
Investigating the background of a Supreme Court nominee, a problem-solver for hire falls into the path of a killer. Read full book review >
I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The author's meticulous detail to investigative accuracy and talent in weaving a thrilling tale set her work apart from others in the field."
Mackintosh follows her wildly successful debut thriller (I Let You Go, 2016) with the harrowing tale of a woman in the cross hairs of a vicious criminal enterprise operating deep within the London Underground. Read full book review >
MOST DANGEROUS PLACE by James Grippando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Grippando gets underway with a bang and never lets up, springing a series of carefully calibrated surprises in and out of the courtroom guaranteed to catch even the canniest readers unaware."
Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck's 25th case is one of his best. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “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,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >