Thrillers Book Reviews (page 3)

LAST DAYS IN SHANGHAI by Casey Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Though its observations about China's construction boom and the dismal state of American politics are as fresh as the morning news feed, Walker's novel also feels like a disquieting peek deep into the coming decades of global economic upheaval."
Slimy all-American graft oozes from beneath the economic aspirations of contemporary China in this witty, illuminating thriller. Read full book review >
IRÈNE by Pierre Lemaitre
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A book that no matter how fast the reader connects the dots still produces a bombshell that's both brilliant and diabolical."
Though this isn't the first of Lemaitre's books to be translated into English—that would be Alex (2013)—this was the first he wrote, and it introduces his unique and unforgettable police investigator, Commandant Camille Verhœven.Read full book review >

INTO A RAGING BLAZE by Andreas Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"There's plenty to like in this plausible and well-written tale."
An oddly named but engaging spy thriller translated from the Swedish. Read full book review >
FIVE MINUTES ALONE by Paul Cleave
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"'All of this killing has made him feel,' Carl's exhilarated to realize. Readers following him through this season of Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers will feel the whole gamut right along with him."
Think vigilante killers have it easy? Cleave offers a macabre, compelling demonstration of how Murphy's Law dogs the efforts of ex-cop Carl Schroder to give victims of violent crime the five minutes alone they crave with the criminals who've ruined their lives. Read full book review >
THE DELTA by Tony Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Don't expect damsels in distress in this novel. Do expect a thrill ride that won't disappoint."
A fast-moving thriller starring a female mercenary in a great setting, along with violence and a dollop of sex. Read full book review >

BROKEN MONSTERS by Lauren Beukes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Beukes gave us a time traveling serial killer in The Shining Girls, and the monsters in her latest tale, whether they're real or imagined, will keep you up all night."
A genuinely unsettling—in all the best ways—blend of suspense and the supernatural makes this a serial-killer tale like you've never seen. Read full book review >
GANGSTERLAND by Tod Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Clever plotting, a colorful cast of characters and priceless situations make this comedic crime novel an instant classic."
Targeted by both the feds and his bosses in the Chicago mob after messing up on the job, a prolific hit man hides out in Las Vegas as, of all things, a rabbi. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >