Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

THE PASSION by Donna Boyd
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1998

"First installment of a series, and a promising one, in which animal instincts are plumbed and superfine senses evoked with great originality."
A horror/love story dealing with werewolves and offering some of the density of background found in the best vampire fiction. Read full book review >
FADE TO BLACK by Wendy Corsi Staub
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1998

"A hissy catfight during the cliff-hanging finale is a hoot, but not worth the campy climb to get there."
Feverishly frothy tale of an actress living incognito, menaced by a shadowy stalker. Read full book review >

THE IBIS TAPESTRY by Mike Nicol
THRILLERS
Released: April 29, 1998

"Quite a change from Nicol's savagely understated fables of South African oppression (Horseman, 1995, etc.)—but, in its own pyrotechnical way, just as obscure in the end."
An unhappily successful writer of "airport fiction" sinks into the deeper—in fact, the endless—mystery of why South African businessman Christo Mercer was stabbed to death by a pair of apparently casual muggers. Read full book review >
TOMAHAWK by David Poyer
THRILLERS
Released: April 27, 1998

"On balance, though, his hero's fifth adventure is a disappointing jumble of stock characters, acronym-laden jargon, soul-searching platitudes, and convoluted plot twists."
Poyer (The Passage, 1995, etc.) once again juggles a mix of storylines with varying degrees of success as his introspective Naval officer, Dan Lenson, battles a succession of personal and professional demons. Read full book review >
YOU BELONG TO ME by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 1998

"Wait till next year's cruise. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"

THE STORY OF MY DISAPPEARANCE by Paul Watkins
THRILLERS
Released: April 17, 1998

"Not his best, but not half bad."
A sixth novel, both action-packed and curiously muted, from the accomplished young author of such varied and adventurous fiction as Night Over Day Over Night (1988) and Archangel (1996). Read full book review >
THE ABDUCTION by James Grippando
THRILLERS
Released: April 15, 1998

"Corny dialogue, cheesy political stereotypes, and a shrill, headstrong heroine who wouldn't last a minute in a real courtroom, much less the Oval Office. (Author tour)"
Woman-in-periler in which the second female US attorney general, who also happens to be the first Democratic female presidential candidate, puts her campaign on hold two weeks before Election Day to rescue the kidnapped granddaughter of her Republican adversary. Read full book review >
THORNS OF TRUTH by Eileen Goudge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1998

"A likable cast keeps this plot-driven novel from seeming too contrived, and Goudge's adroit handling of sex and love should keep her legion of fans well-sated. (Literary Guild featured alternate selection)"
Goudge's fifth adult romance (Trail of Secrets, 1996, etc.) is a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs sequel to Garden of Lies (1989). Read full book review >
THE CRASHER by Shirley Lord
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 13, 1998

"But not much."
Novelist Lord (My Sister's Keeper, 1994, etc.), an editor for both Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, uses her access to fashion, journalism, and society to limn the careening ride to love and fame of a young woman with designing ambitions—in a dizzying mix of murder, old-fashioned gumption, and contemporary sleaze. Read full book review >
BAD MEDICINE by Ron Querry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

"Great Indian lore in an ingenious medical gripper without the whole globe held in terror."
Steadily entertaining second novel (after The Death of Bernadette Lefthand, not reviewed), about Western versus Navajo and Hopi medicine in the Southwest. Read full book review >
TIDEWATER BLOOD by William Hoffman
THRILLERS
Released: April 7, 1998

"Limpid and swift-moving, with a full complement of understated surprises: an exemplary presentation of the innocent man on the run for readers who want more texture than they can find in The Fugitive. (Author tour)"
Murder, injustice, flight, detection—a disappointingly, though expertly, formulaic tale from Hoffman (Follow Me Home, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
FAULT LINES by Anna Salter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1998

"Not Thomas Harris and The Silence of the Lambs by a long shot, but a book steadily gripping in its psychology, despite an overly familiar villain."
Second thriller featuring female Vermont forensic psychologist Dr. Michael Stone (Shiny Water, 1997). Dr. Stone, a specialist in child abuse and domestic violence, helped put away Alex B. Willy, a child molester who—during an earlier interview not admissible as evidence—revealed to Stone a whole batch of crimes he wasn't charged with. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >