Thrillers Book Reviews (page 4)

FAST AND LOOSE by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Finally, a tale that answers that question of why Woods' bestselling thrillers are so unthrilling: because the characters you care about are never in danger for long enough to mix a proper martini. The unusual aptness of this installment's title is presumably unintended."
A survivor of TV pitchman Nelson Knott's ruinous presidential campaign (Below the Belt, 2017) declares war on New York attorney Stone Barrington, not realizing that in addition to being smart, tough, well-heeled, well-connected, and well-groomed, Stone is immortal. Read full book review >
PENANCE by Kanae Minato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Despite an intriguing premise and some shocking reveals, Minato's latest ultimately succumbs to monotony and bloat."
A grieving parent and four guilt-stricken friends struggle to cope with the rape and strangulation of a 10-year-old girl. Read full book review >

EVERY NIGHT I DREAM OF HELL by Malcolm Mackay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Label this one Highland dinge."
A Glasgow fixer gets roped into the machinations of an embattled crime empire in this hard-boiled tartan noir. Read full book review >
ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A bonus is some strategic leavening via Scottoline's journalistic aphorisms, as when one of the students' mothers imagines a romance with the imposter hero: 'She knew that it was an inappropriate fantasy, but no fantasy worth having was appropriate.'"
The chronicler of Philadelphia law firm Rosato & DiNunzio (Damaged, 2016, etc.) heads out to the suburbs to insert a fraudulent teacher into the staff of Central Valley High School. Read full book review >
INSIDE V by Paula Priamos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A lean, searing, and psychologically astute thriller with a surprising twist and an unforgettable heroine."
The bonds of love and trust are put to the test when a woman's husband goes missing on the eve of his incarceration, leading her to question everything she thought she knew about him. Read full book review >

GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Mary Torjussen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The reveal, when it finally comes, is less revelatory than cheap, an attempt to breathe dramatic life into a story that sorely lacks it."
When her boyfriend disappears, his belongings in tow, a Liverpool woman pulls out all the stops to find him, dismantling her own life in the process. Read full book review >
IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M.L.  Rio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"This novel about obsession at the conservatory will thoroughly obsess you."
For a clique of aspiring Shakespearean actors at an elite arts academy, the line between performance and reality dissolves, with disastrous results. Read full book review >
WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of humankind. In a word: unputdownable."
A brazen fusion of science fiction and apocalyptic thriller, the second installment in Neuvel's Themis Files (Sleeping Giants, 2016) is powered by nonstop action and adventure involving alien invaders and an army of seemingly indestructible giant robots—but ultimately it's also a deeply character-driven exploration of what it means to be human. Read full book review >
RAGDOLL by Daniel Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Unnecessary blood and guts can only go so far to obscure the fact that this is a well-trod plot lacking in any real twists or substantive character development."
A serial killer with a gruesome M.O. taunts an already damaged London detective. Read full book review >
THE LOST ORDER by Steve Berry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers looking to sample the historical-conspiracies genre should begin with one of Berry's earlier efforts."
Berry's (The 14th Colony, 2016, etc.) latest brews another thriller from the formula that's put him on the bestseller lists: modern bad guys discover a historic conspiracy that can make them rich and/or give them power to overturn the American republic. Read full book review >
BUYING BRAZIL by Arthur J. Rawl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2017

"A high-finance novel that bogs down in deals, meals, and spinning its wheels."
In this Brazil-set financial thriller, a British merchant banker tries to broker a delicate telecom deal. Read full book review >
Murder by Munchausen by M.T. Bass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2017

"A fast-paced, entertaining, but incomplete sci-fi tale that could use a sequel to tie up several loose ends."
A dark, futuristic thriller features a disgraced police detective who hunts not just a brutal criminal, but also the androids the culprit uses to kill humans. 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 >