Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

WILDFIRE by Ken Goddard
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Gets by on swagger and bravura and a steady diet of shoot- outs—but just barely. (Author tour)"
Goddard's ultimately tepid thriller gets off to a quick start but never manages to build on its initial momentum. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Not to everyone's taste."
Vaguely familiar fairy tales and other prototypical plots take on a new darkness when viewed from a vampire's perspective in this horror anthology edited by fantasy author Brite (Drawing Blood, 1993, etc). Read full book review >

THROAT SPROCKETS by Tim Lucas
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Wittily perverse, with often mesmerizing language, this is a virtuoso performance that is, well, draining."
In his first novel about the persuasive powers of film, Lucas (editor-in-chief of Video Watchdog) puts poetic bite into seemingly banal material about one man's sexual fetish: the exposed female throat. Read full book review >
EVERVILLE by Clive Barker
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"Never mind."
A shelf-cracking sequel to The Great and Secret Show (1989) that begs the question: Is this sort of hermetic dross really worth the felling of defenseless forests? Read full book review >
FIRES OF EDEN by Dan Simmons
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"The flip side of a Don Ho single, short on poi and ukuleles but long on elemental carnage, vengeful immortals, and nimble plotting."
A period romance masquerading as a metaphysical thriller disguised as a buddy movie, this latest novel from Simmons (Lovedeath, 1993, etc.) bridges two centuries and offers lots of plucky fun along the way. Read full book review >

GREEN RIVER RISING by Tim Willocks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1994

"Realize that you are ingesting gobs of junk artfully disguised as gourmet fare, then dive in and enjoy. (First serial to Granta; film rights to Alan J. Pakula/Warner Bros.)"
A debut thriller set in a Texas prison by a young British psychiatrist who has never been to Texas, or to a prison. Read full book review >
THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Ed McBain
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 25, 1994

"It's a rare pleasure seeing such an old pro still taking the kind of chances that would sink a writer with less nerve."
After Matthew Hope (Mary, Mary, 1993, etc.) is critically shot in the opening sentences, his extended Florida family—his PI Warren Chambers, Chambers's own op Toots Kiley, and Calusa police detective Morris Bloom—retrace his steps for the last few days before the shooting looking for clues, and find that Hope's last client had been George Steadman, eager to acquire a 30-acre parcel to use as winter quarters for his circus. Read full book review >
ALASKA GRAY by Susan Froetschel
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Even Jane's dread secret turns out to be disappointingly guilt-free."
Her new job as director of finance for Sitka's Katmai Shee Inc. canceled before she even has a chance to show up for work, Jane McBride, already smitten with the Alaskan town and resolved not to go back to Boston and the unspeakable secret she left behind there, lands a lesser job teaching economics at Holmes Barrett College and stays on with native Katmai Shee director/TV news reporter Francesca LaQuestion while she cultivates friendships with brotherly Daily Record reporter Bob Denson, psychiatrist Michael Benoit, and Holmes Barrett museum curator Daniel Greer. Read full book review >
INTO THE FIRE by David Wiltse
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"But Wiltse's Grand Guignol, however strained and shameless, still delivers the goods in this creepy funhouse tour."
Serial-killer specialist John Becker is on indefinite medical leave from the FBI, but he still gets some strange items in the mail, like the series of coded messages from Alabama's Springville Prison written by somebody who says he knows who killed the two girls found five years ago in a West Virginia coal mine. Read full book review >
THE FIRST SACRIFICE by Thomas Gifford
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"The players may be older, but the action hasn't slowed in this exciting sequel that was worth the wait."
Twenty years after The Wind Chill Factor, John Cooper goes to post-unification Germany and saves the world from the Fourth Reich- -again. Read full book review >
THE EIGHTH DAY OF THE WEEK by Alfred Coppel
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"It's enough to make you nostalgic for the Cold War."
An underwhelming tale of nukes, coups, and spies by thriller veteran Coppel (Wars and Winters, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
INSOMNIA by Stephen King
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Still, at 800 pages, it ain't no coffee-table book — it's a coffee table."
A small town in Maine again serves as King's (Nightmares and Dreamscapes, 1993, etc.) setting in this deft, steady tale, in which two lovable geezers travel through hyper-reality to balance the books of human existence, or something to that effect. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >