Thrillers Book Reviews (page 3)

PAYBACK by Jonnie Jacobs
Released: Oct. 7, 2015

"The latest from Jacobs (Lying With Strangers, 2013, etc.) is long on suspense but short on surprise as it plunges toward its creepy but entirely predictable conclusion."
A single indiscretion threatens a businesswoman's family and friends. 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 >
Tales for the Train by J. John le Grange
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"Pain, loneliness, humiliation, and grief underlie these atomized, broken lives."
The nine interconnected stories in this novella, set in a small Japanese town, center on a suicide. 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 >

Winds by Paul Dale Anderson
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"Steady pace keeps this novel consistently riveting and often entertaining."
In Anderson's (Light, 2015, etc.) latest thriller, it's up to a small group of people to stop an evil corporation from disrupting the balance between the spirit and material worlds.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 >
A SONG OF SHADOWS by John Connolly
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 >
2016 by James Force
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A credulity-straining thriller that could be a guilty pleasure for nondiscriminating genre fans."
A millennial worker at the Chicago Board of Trade is framed for murder in this conspiracy thriller. 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 >