Thrillers Book Reviews (page 4)

ZODIAC by Sam Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The use of astrology, while intriguing, is not enough to hang an entire novel on, let alone an entire fictional society, and Wilson's efforts to whip up suspense around the multiple murder case fall as flat as his characters."
A serial killer is on the loose in a society ruled by its citizens' zodiac signs. Read full book review >
THE POSSESSIONS by Sara Flannery Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Imaginative and original, this is a novel that should have resonated more deeply."
In Murphy's debut novel, people can reconnect with the dead through the Elysian Society, whose employees—known as "bodies"—are temporarily possessed with the help of a drug called a "lotus." Read full book review >

THE FREEDOM BROKER by K.J. Howe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A spectacular start for what promises be a great Thea Paris series."
A fast-moving thriller featuring kidnapped oil tycoon Christos Paris and his kidnap-negotiator daughter, Thea. She's tough. She's smart. She's diabetic. Read full book review >
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Elaborate but worth the effort. Think Jo Nesbø by way of Haruki Murakami, and with a most satisfying payoff."
A bestselling Japanese crime novelist makes his American debut with a pensive but overlong whodunit that sheds light on power relations in his native country. Read full book review >
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW by Joann Chaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The pace is unusually slow for a thriller with no grisly murder scenes, but that's part of the book's strength. It's the escalating psychological tension and the interactions of three-dimensional characters that lift this well above the serial-killer norm."
A deranged serial killer is captured and brought to justice. That's usually the end of a good thriller, but it's the start of this unusually thoughtful first novel, which relies more on character studies than gory details. Read full book review >

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Robb knows her audience will be highly sympathetic to a police heroine who has to walk a crime scene in uncomfortably fashionable stiletto heels, but along the winding trail to the easily spotted villain, she's not afraid to throw in some descriptions that will earn this installment an R for serious sexual violence."
The winter of 2061 finds New York still with no cure for blizzards, or for serial felonies. Read full book review >
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sense of inevitable loss and futility permeates this rich drama. The fascists may never be defeated but only escaped—if the characters are willing to abandon the people they love. That dilemma will haunt them, as it haunts the reader."
A tightly woven and diverse cast of spies, criminals, cabaret bohemians, and lovers struggles to save what matters to each of them against a tide of rising fascism and violence in Donnelly's debut novel, set in a vaguely 1920s milieu. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTWALKER by Sebastian Fitzek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Skip Chapter 42 and this is a powerhouse of a labyrinthine read. You may be fearful of sleeping again."
This translation of a bestselling German novel is a 352-page nightmare in which dreams and reality are indiscernible to the end. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S REVELATION  by Robert Knott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A classic plot and plenty of 8-gauge shotgun showdowns best enjoyed by those who've followed Cole and Hitch's previous adventures."
Knott (Robert B. Parker's Blackjack, 2016, etc.) continues Parker's Western series, this time sending U.S. Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole and Deputy Marshal Everett Hitch in pursuit of killers fleeing from an Arizona Territory prison. Read full book review >
THE UNSEEING by Anna Mazzola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Haunting characters propel this well-paced story of true crime and imperfect punishment."
A grisly murder in an England on the cusp of the Victorian era sets the scene for this thriller. Read full book review >
ZERO DAY by T.L. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A skillfully rendered account of superpowers locked in covert war."
In this political thriller, the United States races to thwart a massive cyberattack from China. Read full book review >
SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A bestseller in England making its U.S. debut, Jónasson's whodunit puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys."
In the isolated Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, a rookie cop newly transplanted from Reykjavík has his mettle tested by the claustrophobic conditions—and a murder. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >