Thrillers Book Reviews (page 4)

IQ by Joe Ide
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The present day, with its high-strung social media and emotional overload, could use a contemporary hero like Ide's, more inclined to use his brain than his mouth (or fists) to vanquish evil and subdue dread."
Sherlock Holmes comes to South Central Los Angeles. Only he's black, never finished high school, and can't seem to hold on to a regular job. Read full book review >
SEDUCED by Randy Wayne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Despite the disjunction between the sharply drawn threats and the heroine's modest detective skills, her fourth outing may be her best to date, with a particularly effective climactic sequence that knots together every menace, and every sorrow, she faces."
Sanibel fishing guide/private eye Hannah Smith confronts a ghost from her mother's colorful past and an even more primeval threat to Florida citrus. Read full book review >

THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Action-adventure with a macabre, sometimes-fantastical flair."
Aloysius Pendergast, an enormously wealthy FBI special agent with a go-it-alone, 007-like brief, is presumed dead at sea after helping a Massachusetts friend. Gloom prevails at his fabulous mansion on New York City's Riverside Drive. Read full book review >
Evera Dark by S.L. Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2016

"A sexy start to unraveling a damaged heroine and killer."
A repressed Black Ops seductress and assassin falls for her latest target in this first installment of a planned romantic suspense trilogy. Read full book review >
TRIPLE CROWN  by Felix Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"American readers willing to be lectured about the many ways British racing is better will be rewarded by some serviceable, if labored, sleuthing, a good deal of information about the sport, and a bittersweet ending that's the best thing here."
Continuing his slow emergence from his father's shadow, Francis (Dick Francis's Damage, 2014, etc.) packs his very English hero off on a secret mission to America, with mixed results. Read full book review >

HILLARY by D.W. Buffa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A plodding, smarmy attempt to cash in on election-year politics that readers of all political persuasions will find tasteless."
Buffa aims for a sexy, "ripped-from-the-headlines" approach in this Washington-based political thriller. Read full book review >
ORDER TO KILL by Vince Flynn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"All in all, a crackling good yarn. Author Mills proves himself a worthy successor to carry on the series."
Series creator Flynn died in 2013, but Mitch Rapp lives on in this 15th chronicle (The Survivor, 2015, etc.) of the legendary CIA agent's exploits. Read full book review >
THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"There's a vacancy in the Graveyard Apartment. Just not the one the author intended."
A too-good-to-be-true apartment turns out to be exactly that for a young Japanese family in this supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL by Melina Marchetta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Convoluted and unsubtle."
A disgraced London police investigator chases a bombing case across parts of Western Europe in teen author Marchetta's adult fiction debut. Read full book review >
THE SINGULARITY RACE by Mark de Castrique
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"De Castrique's (A Specter of Justice, 2015, etc.) taut action sequences and strong character relationships triumph over a plot crowded with threads and back stories."
A routine security job takes a dark turn when battling international interests target a secret futuristic technology. Read full book review >
FIDELITY by Jan Fedarcyk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An absorbing read that feels unfinished; and since the FBI's motto is Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity, it's a sure bet there's a reason."
Fedarcyk, former assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York office, combines an insider's sense of authenticity with a singular attention to detail in this debut novel. Read full book review >
ESCAPE CLAUSE by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Perfect entertainment for readers whose hearts skip a beat when they worry that the hero won't be in time to rescue that remaining tiger from certain death."
Virgil Flowers, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, pivots from dognapping (Field of Prey, 2014, etc.) to a catnapping whose victims are really big cats. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >