Thrillers Book Reviews (page 3)

THE UNSEEING by Anna Mazzola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Haunting characters propel this well-paced story of true crime and imperfect punishment."
A grisly murder in an England on the cusp of the Victorian era sets the scene for this thriller. Read full book review >
ZERO DAY by T.L. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A skillfully rendered account of superpowers locked in covert war."
In this political thriller, the United States races to thwart a massive cyberattack from China. Read full book review >

SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A bestseller in England making its U.S. debut, Jónasson's whodunit puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys."
In the isolated Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, a rookie cop newly transplanted from Reykjavík has his mettle tested by the claustrophobic conditions—and a murder. Read full book review >
WALK AWAY by Sam Hawken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"While action's fine when it's plentiful, more attention to character development could have made Camaro more relatable and provided both villains with some badly needed dimension."
Hawken continues the exploits of Camaro Espinoza, a tough female former Army medic, in this shoot-'em-up, action-packed installment set in the sleepy communities that ring Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE PRISONER by Alex Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Deeply researched, fast-paced, and believable. Peace be upon John Wells, but only after he's helped defeat jihad once and for all. That's sure to extend this fine series."
Another "blood-spatter messy" mission by Muslim CIA freelance operator John Wells (The Wolves, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Lisa Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With its shaky armchair psychology and excessive plot threads, this is a series low point."
A teenager with a troubled past becomes the prime suspect in a string of brutal murders, but ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, think there's more to the story. Read full book review >
FATAL by John Lescroart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Lescroart manages the first movement of this cautionary tale by mixing his pitches with exquisite control. Once the homicide investigation kicks in, things become altogether more routine, though he still has a few nifty surprises in store for fans who'd expect nothing less."
After dishing out 20-plus cases to San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy and his friends and relations (The Fall, 2015, etc.), Lescroart pens a stand-alone whose Bay Area is just as tense and treacherous even if you're not part of the justice system. Read full book review >
THE PROMETHEUS MAN by Scott Reardon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"The chase is all here, and for some that will be enough."
After a CIA agent is murdered, his brother seeks revenge and stumbles onto a plot to create a superhuman killer. Read full book review >
THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Prediction: the Ron Howard movie, already in the works, will be much better than the book."
A high-tech town house is leased by its control-freak architect to a series of women who look just like his dead wife. Read full book review >
THINGS WE HAVE IN COMMON by Tasha Kavanagh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"If you can stick with Yasmin until the end, the twists and turns are worth it."
A teenage outcast imagines what would happen if one of her classmates was abducted only to deal with confusing consequences when fantasy becomes reality in Kavanagh's debut novel. Read full book review >
K STREET by M.A. Lawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"With characters as flat as construction paper and a formulaic plot, this book manages what other thrillers about the NSA have failed to do: make it boring."
Kay Hamilton—former Drug Enforcement Administration agent and woman of steel—takes on the all-knowing National Security Agency in the third entry in Lawson's series (Viking Bay, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BELIEVER by Joakim Zander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Suspenseful and primed for Hollywood adaptation, this is escapist fiction at its best."
Zander's latest page-turning political thriller weaves three interconnected stories into a hypertopical tale of international intrigue. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >