Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

THRILLERS
Released: May 4, 1994

"The demarcation between truth and fantasy is unclear, but Aline's life is a fairy tale anyway, and she is as eager to show off her glamorous world as she is to create a credible thriller. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
In real life, American-born Aline, Countess of Romanones (The Spy Wore Silk, 1991, etc.) intended to retire from espionage following her marriage into the Spanish aristocracy after WW II. Read full book review >
CHARADE by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 1994

The queen of Texas melodrama takes metaphor perhaps a step too far as she pits her heart-transplant-patient heroine against a serial killer obsessed with stopping her new heart. Read full book review >

REMEMBER ME by Mary Higgins Clark
THRILLERS
Released: May 2, 1994

"Readers more interested in mystery than menace may well find this her best book yet. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
Everything you'd expect from the reigning queen of prepubescent female suspense: A bereaved young mother battles demons from a recent mystery, from the distant past, and from her own fearful imaginings about the impending fate of her infant daughter. Read full book review >
LOVERS AND LIARS by Sally Beauman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"The erotic charge between Gini and Pascal—first denied, then succumbed to—is palpable and convincing, as is the compelling and morally ambiguous figure of John Hawthorne. (Book-of-the-Month dual selection for May)"
From bestselling author Sally Beauman (Dark Angel, 1990; Destiny, 1987) comes this taut, smartly paced romantic thriller set in present-day London. Read full book review >
DAYBREAK by Belva Plain
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1994

"A reliable circulator. (Literary Guild dual selection for Spring)"
Plain, still playing her Evergreen (1978) game, and with a vast readership, again turns to the headlines. Read full book review >

THE EDGE OF HONOR by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Social change is as threatening as Communism in this detailed and, finally, compelling adventure."
Deutermann (Scorpion in the Sea, not reviewed) stows the Age of Aquarius aboard a naval frigate in The Edge of Honor. Read full book review >
STRANGE ANGELS by Kathe Koja
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Strange, indeed."
A gratuitously bizarre, reader-unfriendly tome by the author of Skin (1993); you can almost see through it, despite the murky prose. Read full book review >
BLACK PHOENIX by George Bernau
THRILLERS
Released: April 14, 1994

"The work flirts briefly with the reader's imagination but generally falls flat."
Bernau (Candle in the Wind, 1990; Promises to Keep, 1988) fails to make an unoriginal story worth telling as he surmises what would have happened if Adolf Hitler, instead of killing himself in 1945 in Berlin, had escaped across the globe with a plan to destroy the world. Read full book review >
IN THE DARK by Carol Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1994

"Brennan (Full Commission, 1993; Headhunt, 1991) expertly balances sunshine and shadow as she shows why the demons from the past don't stand a chance against sprightly, gutsy Emily."
Twenty years after fleeing in terror from the scene of her parents' murder in New York, actress Emily Silver attends the premiere of her first movie at a Los Angeles theater—and hears behind her the same whispering voice that drove her into hiding as a girl that night. Read full book review >
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW by Allan Folsom
THRILLERS
Released: April 6, 1994

"Anybody with the remotest taste for international intrigue will be hooked from page one. (Film rights to MGM; Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection)"
In a Parisian cafÇ, an American surgeon recognizes the man who killed his father 30 years earlier and attacks him in a burst of uncontrollable passion—plunging himself into a conspiracy to bring the West once again under the wing of the Third Reich. Read full book review >
NIGHT by Bilge Karasu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 1994

"While it might seem odd to find such crafted postmodernist writing coming out of Turkey, Night reads so smoothly that we forget it's a translation."
Winner of the Pegasus Prize for literatures rarely translated into English, this novel introduces an experimental Turkish novelist to American readers—a rare find indeed. Read full book review >
PERFECTLY PURE AND GOOD by Frances Fyfield
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 4, 1994

"Porphyria's Lover'' never ignite this doomy tale."
Fyfield continues her assault on the English Gothic (Shadow Play, 1993, etc.; see also Half Light, as Frances Hegarty, 1993) in this tale of Sarah Fortune, unassuming solicitor dispatched to the Norfolk village of Merton on Sea to help the fractious Pardoes divide the spoils of Henry Pardoe's estate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >