Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

INVASION OF PRIVACY by Perri O’Shaughnessy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

The plot-soggy sequel to this sister-writing team's debut legal procedural (Motion to Suppress, 1995) further muddies the waters of feisty lawyer Nina Reilly's Lake Tahoe past. Read full book review >
EXQUISITE CORPSE by Poppy Z. Brite
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Shocking and fascinating in about equal measure, but only for the strongest stomachs."
Or Necrophiliacs—The Serial Killers' Love Story. Read full book review >

MANSIONS OF DARKNESS by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"His historical range is much wider than Lestat's- -although, perhaps because of this particular cultural milieu and its inescapable implications, somewhat predictable."
An addition to Yarbro's noteworthy series about the immortal vampire Count Saint-Germain (Better in the Dark, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Indispensable."
From 1995, another bumper crop of 35 stories, 11 poems, and the usual nonfiction roundups (``Summation 1995: Fantasy''; ``Summation 1995: Horror''; ``Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1995''; and ``Obituaries''—none seen). Read full book review >
ABANDONED HEART by Richard Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 1996

"Like-minded readers will lap it all up."
Parrish puts his Joshua Rabb series (Nothing But the Truth, 1995, etc.) on hold for an equally stolid two-act legal melodrama tracing the fallout from a most heinous rape. Read full book review >

SACRAMENT by Clive Barker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 31, 1996

"A weirdly absorbing and entertaining tale that offers more disturbing delights from one of our most inventive and risk-taking writers. ($175,000 ad/promo; author tour; TV and radio satellite tour)"
Another ambitious and challenging dark fantasy from the popular author (Imajica, 1991; Everville, 1994, etc.) and filmmaker (Hellraiser), who is almost single-handedly elevating supernatural fiction to new levels of both literacy and intensity. Read full book review >
TREASURE BOX by Orson Scott Card
THRILLERS
Released: July 31, 1996

"Beautifully orchestrated, with above-average characters, but blandly unsurprising and lacking the gritty, discomfiting feel of reality underfoot."
A contemporary tale of the supernatural: fantastic/science- fictioneer Card's second mainstream outing (after Lost Boys, 1992). Read full book review >
MALICE PREPENSE by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 29, 1996

"You've gotta feel for that poor judge. (Author tour)"
Oregon lawyer Barbara Holloway is catapulted into her latest case, defending land management agent Ted Wendover on a murder charge, when her father Frank wins the acquittal of Ted's son Teddy. Read full book review >
THE CONSPIRACY by Jaan Kross
THRILLERS
Released: July 18, 1996

"An informative introduction by Kross's (exemplary) translator offers a solidly detailed context for this invaluable opportunity to sample further the works of one of Europe's greatest living writers."
A first English translation of short fiction by the great Estonian author (The Czar's Madman, 1993; Professor Martens' Departure, 1994), who begins to look more and more like a prime Nobel Prize contender. Read full book review >
DR. NERUDA'S CURE FOR EVIL by Rafael Yglesias
THRILLERS
Released: July 18, 1996

"But the strong plot keeps us fascinated and reading. (Film rights to Twentieth Century Fox; author tour)"
Gripping, deep-delving psychological novel that offers a new path in analysis but can't sustain the melodrama implied in its title. Read full book review >
PRISM by Austin Bay
THRILLERS
Released: July 17, 1996

"Implausible but readable fantasy for Soldier-of-Fortune fans."
James Bond lives again in a wildly improbable, marginally absurd military thriller that forges high-tech hardware and ESP. Read full book review >
LOVE, SEX, AND MURDER by Sue Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 1996

"Entertainment law and the Hollywood power game here fall under the lens of a graphic intelligence that will keep you up like a pot of caffeine."
Stunning improvement over gossip maven Cameron's first novel, Honey Dust (1993), though staying in the same starry venue. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >