Thrillers Book Reviews (page 4)

BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock's The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll."
In Malerman's chilling debut, an apocalyptic reality befalls a Michigan river community—and who knows how much of the rest of civilization—in the form of creatures that cause people who merely look at them to go mad and kill themselves. Read full book review >
THE SON by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 2014

"One of Nesbø's best, deepest and richest novels, even without Harry Hole."
A deftly plotted novel that probes the deepest mysteries: sin, redemption, love, evil, the human condition. Read full book review >

THE DAY SHE DIED by Catriona McPherson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2014

"McPherson's second stand-alone (As She Left It, 2013, etc.) is a tour de force, a creepy psychological thriller that will leave you breathless."
A chance meeting in the Marks and Spencer food hall puts a deeply troubled young woman in a dangerous position. Read full book review >
SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick
THRILLERS
Released: April 22, 2014

"It's no coincidence that Sedgwick has crafted yet another gripping tale of wonder. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
A thriller that challenges readers' understanding of the universe. Read full book review >
AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"A hugely entertaining, surprising and perhaps prophetic package that, without seeming to, raises profound questions about the human mind and the nature of perception."
An eye-popping glimpse of a near future when designer drugs are commonplace, from the author of Raising Stony Mayhall (2011, etc.). Read full book review >

NO WAY BACK by Matthew Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Infused with pacing worthy of the earlier works of Dean Koontz, Klein's crafted a tale as tightly wound as a watch spring."
Klein's dark thriller snaps a picture of a man commissioned to prevent the collapse of a Florida software company, but the outcome is anything but what it portends. Read full book review >
THE WORD EXCHANGE by Alena Graedon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A wildly ambitious, darkly intellectual and inventive thriller about the intersection of language, technology and meaning."
Language becomes a virus in this terrifying vision of the print-empty, Web-reliant culture of the 22nd century. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2014

"Robinson has won many awards for his Detective Banks novels (Watching the Dark, 2013, etc.), and with this latest, he demonstrates his mastery of the craft."
Robinson's latest Inspector Banks novel is an English murder mystery sure to please lovers of the genre. Read full book review >
PANIC by Lauren Oliver
THRILLERS
Released: March 4, 2014

"The only thing more terrifying than the game itself is not getting the chance to play it. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
Oliver makes a white-knuckle return to realism that will have readers up until the wee hours. Read full book review >
THE RED ROAD by Denise Mina
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"In addition to the usual indelible character studies, Mina provides the most compelling plot of Alex's four cases to date, with a new round of revelations that makes the Glasgow cops the most corrupt since Philip Marlowe looked under all those rocks in Bay City, Calif."
Fourteen years after Princess Diana died in a Paris automobile accident, the date of her death still casts a long shadow over the Strathclyde Police, in the fourth book featuring detective Alex Morrow. Read full book review >
DO OR DIE by Suzanne Brockmann
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Enthralling and breathtaking."
Attorney Phoebe Kruger is tasked with negotiating client Ian Dunn's prison release, against his will, so he can rescue two kidnapped children, not realizing that doing so will set events in motion that will threaten dozens of lives—and a few hearts. Read full book review >
FEAR NOTHING by Lisa Gardner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"If you think Gardner pulled out all the stops in D.D.'s previous cases (Catch Me, 2012, etc.), you ain't seen nothing yet. Better fasten your seat belt for this roller-coaster ride through family hell."
Recovering from a nasty fall down a flight of stairs, Detective D.D. Warren, of Boston Homicide, tangles with a pair of sisters who put her pain in a whole new perspective. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >