Thrillers Book Reviews (page 3)

THE KHAZAR CODEX by Graham Fulbright
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"A complex, out-of-the-ordinary thriller loaded with worldly characters."
Fulbright's (The Man with a Charmed Life, 2014) novel details a hostage situation and the mysterious information it uncovers. Read full book review >
A SMALL INDISCRETION by Jan Ellison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Connoisseurs of domestic suspense will finish this book in a few breathless sittings, then wait eagerly for Ellison's next trick."
A California mom with a son in a coma has a libertine past that's come back to haunt her. Read full book review >

THE JAGUAR'S CHILDREN by John Vaillant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An eloquent literary dissection of the divide between the United States and Mexico."
Vaillant's debut fiction follows Hector Lazaro from Mexico's Sierra Juárez to Oaxaca's el Centro to an old tanker truck poised to sneak into El Norte, the promised land.Read full book review >
RISKING IT ALL by Tessa Bailey
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This intense, erotic romance pairs brisk action with well-developed characters."
An undercover policewoman falls for the criminal assigned to protect her in a taut romantic thriller by author Bailey (Staking His Claim, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF DUST by Scott Michael Bowers
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A riveting story about a man whose self-discovery will end violently or with a woman who loves him."
Three friends' annual Panama City Beach, Florida, getaway turns into a violent quest for vengeance in Bowers' debut thriller. Read full book review >

THE OPAL DRAGON by James A. Calderwood
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 23, 2015

"Fascinating if overloaded."
In this thriller sequel, the son of a Filipina prostitute becomes a kingpin in Australia's opal underworld, where he deals with a truly monstrous find. Read full book review >
BLACK ICE by Max Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"An engrossing thriller for readers who like their spies to be pragmatic but rigorous."
A Scandinavian intelligence officer stumbles upon a murderous global conspiracy to secure Arctic oil and gas resources in Morgan's debut thriller. Read full book review >
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession's inescapable links to violence."
Desperate to find lives more fulfilling than her own, a lonely London commuter imagines the story of a couple she's only glimpsed through the train window in Hawkins' chilling, assured debut, in which the line between truth and lie constantly shifts like the rocking of a train. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"With so many thrillers cheaply exploiting violence against girls and women, de Mariaffi's (How to Get Along With Women, 2012) treatment of the topic, through Evie's vulnerable yet empowered voice, is refreshingly reverent."
In Canadian writer de Mariaffi's debut mystery, a 1982 abduction and murder teaches girls growing up in Toronto how to be afraid. Read full book review >
THE CARRIER by Sophie Hannah
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fans will love the endlessly knotty complications; those unable to commit their full attention to the problem at hand may well quit in exhaustion before the denouement."
The smothering of a supremely unlikable woman provokes a conspiracy, a false confession, a hysterical outburst and round upon round of sifting through the evidence by DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer (Kind of Cruel, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
A JOURNAL OF THE CRAZY YEAR by Forrest Carr
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"A great case made for the idea that the end isn't nigh—it's already here."
A pandemic helps humanity destroy itself in this wry apocalyptic thriller. Read full book review >
FOREWARNED by Harry Gossett
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 7, 2015

"Any detective who can manage this many jobs in one story is practically begging for a series. Here's hoping."
In Gossett's (A Year in Fear, 2013) latest thriller, an investigator who's lost his PI license puts his sleuthing skills to work while eluding the IRS. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >