Thrillers Book Reviews (page 3)

ONE KICK by Chelsea Cain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"An unsettling, near-perfect effort by Cain (Let Me Go, 2013, etc.) that leaves you eagerly awaiting the next installment."
Abducted by a child pornography ring when she was 6 and held captive for five years, Kick Lannigan, 21, has turned herself into a lean, mean fighting machine. When a boy named Adam is reported missing, she springs into action to save him. Read full book review >
THE KENNEDY CONNECTION by R.G. Belsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"The truth about that awful day in November 1963 may never be known, but it's provided grist for a terrific story."
An engrossing journalistic thriller inspired by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >

DAYS OF RAGE by Brad Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"A fun, satisfying adventure."
A Pike Logan thriller filled with heart-thumping action and insane heroics. Read full book review >
THE DEAD WILL TELL by Linda Castillo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2014

"No one who picks up Kate's stunning sixth case (Her Last Breath, 2013, etc.), a marriage of thriller and police procedural, will put it down unfinished."
A pair of cold cases turns hot for an Ohio police chief with an Amish background. Read full book review >
HURRICANE FEVER by Tobias S. Buckell
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 2014

"So don't wait for a dark and stormy night to read this novel; you'll have plenty of fun."
A stormy, aptly named thriller set in the Caribbean of the near future. Read full book review >

THE AMERICAN MISSION by Matthew Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"This is first-rate fiction. Let's hope Palmer has a sequel in the works."
A captivating debut thriller by a longtime foreign service officer explores the complicated politics of the Congo. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: June 17, 2014

"A sophisticated, deft and exciting thriller and a great beginning for a planned series."
In 1945 San Francisco, a police detective's investigation exposes a tangled political conspiracy and international espionage in Niles' debut crime/political thriller. Read full book review >
THE FEVER by Megan Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014

"Nothing should be taken at face value in this jealousy- and hormone-soaked world except that Abbott is certainly our very best guide."
The lives of teenage girls are dangerous, beautiful things in Abbott's (Dare Me, 2012, etc.) stunning seventh novel. Read full book review >
THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD by Michael Koryta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"Summer reading doesn't get better than this."
Hiding a teenage murder witness among a bunch of delinquent kids in a survival-training program in Montana seemed like a good idea. But when two coldblooded killers track him there from Indiana, everyone's life is at grave risk. Read full book review >
THE BONES BENEATH by Mark Billingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 3, 2014

"Thorne's 12th is a tour de force of suspense that dares you to guess the secrets of a magician who's made his intentions perfectly clear from the very beginning."
DI Tom Thorne escorts a convicted serial killer to a remote Welsh island with predictably eventful results. Read full book review >
NIGHT HERON by Adam Brookes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"One of the best and most compulsively readable spy-fiction debuts in years."
Against all odds, Prisoner 5995—a former professor wrongly convicted of murder—escapes a high security Chinese facility after 20 torturous years. Having concocted a plan to flee China and establish a new identity, he finds an unlikely ally in Mangan, a veteran British journalist based in Beijing. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP by Alex Grecian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Grecian's novel is the third in his Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series (The Black Country, 2013, etc.). Justice and punishment are the deeper themes, and the characterization is superb. Saucy Jack may be one of the most disturbing characters ever written on the page—again."
A historical thriller that moves quickly and surely, bringing Jack the Ripper back from the realm of nightmare to the streets of London. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >