Thrillers Book Reviews (page 3)

THE LAST HACK by Christopher Brookmyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"An enjoyable departure from its predecessors, Brookmyre's eighth Jack Parlabane novel works exceptionally well as cybercrime fiction, but it's the human element that makes it tick."
Blackmailed by an online stranger calling himself Zodiac, young black Glaswegian hacker Samantha Morpeth teams with scuffling journalist Jack Parlabane in an attempt to turn the tables on her foe. Read full book review >
BLUE DOT GIRL by J. M.
Released: July 1, 2017

"A taut, inventive revenge story."
J. M. tells the tale of a rape victim who sets off on an ambitious revenge quest in this debut thriller. Read full book review >

THE FOURTH MONKEY by J.D. Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Wipe away all the blood and you're left with a dull, unsurprising serial killer tale."
The death of an elusive serial killer, who may have snatched one last victim before he died, sends Chicago cops on a mad dash to uncover his identity and unravel his bizarre crimes. Read full book review >
THE CHILD by Fiona Barton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"This is as much a why-dunit as a whodunit, with the real question being whether it's possible to heal and live with the truth after hiding behind a lie for so long."
Three women's lives become entwined when a newborn's skeleton is discovered beneath a bulldozed London building site, exposing secrets buried as deep as the fragile bones. Read full book review >
EVERY LAST LIE by Mary Kubica
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Overwritten and sloppy with an oddly polarizing protagonist."
When a dentist dies in a car accident, he leaves behind a rattled and questioning wife who must try to come to terms with his death—and what she suspects may be his murder. Read full book review >

TRAP THE DEVIL by Ben Coes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A very readable story which at times seems disconcertingly real."
A former Special Forces operative uncovers the sinister plot of a group of powerful extremists hidden deep within the American government. Read full book review >
UNSUB by Meg Gardiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Every detail Gardiner (Phantom Instinct, 2014, etc.) uses to grease the skids is over-the-top, but readers sucked into this vortex won't care; they'll be too busy counting down the hours to the appearance of the promised sequel, which seems poised to begin about five minutes after the final scene."
Move over, Zodiac. The latest of the countless fictional serial killers you've inspired gives you a blistering run for your money. Read full book review >
FLASHMOB by Christopher Farnsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Farnsworth's follow-up to Killfile is a smooth, assured effort but lacks some of the first book's excitement—partly because the methods and mentality of its strangely gifted protagonist have lost some of their freshness."
John Smith, the mind-reading crime fighter introduced in Killfile (2016), goes up against Downvote, a darknet site that incites violence against targeted individuals. Read full book review >
AMERICAN STATIC by Tom Pitts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2017

"An absorbing and highly charged story of violent payback with considerable collateral damage."
Ex-cops, killers, and junkies collide in and around San Francisco in this thriller. Read full book review >
THE FORCE by Don Winslow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"By turns grim and giddy, this is a good read in the service of dark cops."
Savage dope dealers, dirty cops, corrupt officials, and a few hapless civilians mix it up in New York City. Read full book review >
THE SPY ACROSS THE TABLE by Barry Lancet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Lancet's hero, who likely has more frequent flyer miles than any other fictional PI after four books, is in top form going after a kidnapped security analyst in North Korea. A solid, consistently smart thriller."
After the assassination-style murders of two of his friends—a renowned Japanese theater designer and an American production designer for the movies—San Francisco PI Jim Brodie returns to his old Asian haunts to track down the killer. Read full book review >
HERE AND GONE by Haylen Beck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"In the end, beyond the nerve-wracking premise, there just aren't enough surprises."
Audra Kinney confronts every parent's worst nightmare when she and her children become the victims of corrupt and scheming cops in the first novel by Beck, a pseudonym for Northern Irish crime writer Stuart Neville (So Say the Fallen, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >