Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

BEST NEW HORROR 4 by Stephen Jones
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Again, despite the too-vigorous waving of the Union Jack: the most authoritative and representative volume of what's happening in horror today."
``The undeniable strength of horror fiction,'' say editors Jones and Campbell, ``is the very diversity the field has to offer''—a claim borne out in this rewarding fourth entry in their estimable series. Read full book review >
LOVEDEATH by Dan Simmons
Released: Nov. 9, 1993

"Enduring stuff—even more memorable than Simmons's novels."
Five darkly erotic short novels that entwine love and death, with horror boosting the sex, by World Fantasy Award winner Simmons (Children of Night, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

GHOSTS by John Banville
Released: Nov. 4, 1993

"Precious in a showoffy way—and deadly static."
An eminent but broken-down art historian named Kreutzner lives in an island aerie with his strange assistant Licht—and the two one day find themselves playing host to a party of strangers who've been shipwrecked when the chartered boat they were on ran aground offshore. Read full book review >
THE SEDUCTION by Marilyn Wallace
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Far less inspired than So Shall You Reap (1992), Wallace's last outing in Taconic Hills, though it presents an ingenious motive for mischief that may well be unique in the annals of crime fiction."
As the curtain rises, Lee Montara and her sister Rosie Cooper are trading stories about their childhood as they wait, armed with a pistol, in Rosie's Taconic Hills farmhouse for the man who's been terrorizing them. Read full book review >
DESPERATE REMEDY by Mary Kittredge
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A plot heavy with medical mumbo-jumbo and riddled with contrivance does little for Edwina's fifth outing (Walking Dead Man, etc.), but our heroine retains a sturdy charm, and fans will doubtless be looking forward to the happy event in chapter six."
New Haven's nurse-sleuth-heiress Edwina Crusoe, now expecting a baby with ex-cop husband Martin McIntyre, finds herself reluctantly embroiled in events at her old workplace—Chelsea Memorial Hospital. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Better than you may expect but not memorable."
Companion to last year's Psycho-Paths horror anthology, edited as before by the renowned motherstuffer of Psycho. Read full book review >
MR. MURDER by Dean Koontz
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"Blood pours; children shriek; Alfie makes like a werewolf on steroids while Marty acts like a lion—and Koontz nails the reader to the page once again, despite the soapboxing. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for December)"
Koontz's earliest thrillers (Night Chills, etc.) were stripped-down vehicles designed for speed and suspense, nothing more. Read full book review >
WARS AND WINTERS by Alfred Coppel
Released: Oct. 21, 1993

"If only it weren't quite so predictable."
A Nazi dagger in the mail lures a middle-aged Californian back to Germany, where he was adopted and where his recurring nightmares seem to be set—in a chilly post-reunion thriller by the author of A Land of Mirrors (1988), etc. The dagger in question, a particularly rare bit of SS regalia, has been seen before. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"An encouragingly thoughtful and well-crafted first outing."
Near-future yarn involving aliens, time travel, the CIA, and mind control: Australian Voermans's intriguing, strongly accented debut. Read full book review >
LASHER by Anne Rice
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Too much Rice-A-Roni, but addicts will lick the pot."
The sequel and conclusion to Rice's The Witching Hour (1990) shows Rice both at her best and at her hackiest. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Earnest and amateurish, especially in its falling action."
A first novel about an up-and-coming southern lawyer whose involvement in a case of serial murder makes him see just how much he's sacrificed for his high-profile firm—all of which shows mainly that, yes, they read John Grisham down south too. Read full book review >
AMERICAN HERO by Larry Beinhart
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"What a terrific movie this book is never, ever going to make."
The creator of the Tony Cassella p.i. stories (Foreign Exchange, etc.) turns to political satire with a breathtakingly nasty premise: Operation Desert Storm was not only staged for TV but was a piece of Hollywood entertainment drafted and choreographed by filmmakers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >