Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

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 >
LOUISIANA BLUE by David Poyer
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1994

"By then, it's scuttled."
Deep-sea diver ``Tiller'' Galloway's third adventure (after Bahamas Blue, 1991; Hatteras Blue, 1989) is so weighed down with subplots, techno-claptrap, and tough-guy blather that, when Poyer finally gets to the story, it sinks with nary a bubble. Read full book review >

BITTER HERBS by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"A substandard mystery mars Willow's least overbearing appearance to date."
Trouble ahead for civil servant Willow King (Bloody Roses, etc.): though she's loosened up enough to acknowledge that she's secretly been writing romance novels as Cressida Woodruffe, her proposal for a new Woodruffe is coolly received at Weston and Brown, and her lover, Chief Inspector Tom Worth, has cooled considerably too. Read full book review >
NIGHT SHADOWS by Ron Ely
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1994

"First of a series, though Ely plots as recklessly as if he had to fit the whole series between these covers."
TV Tarzan Ely's first novel pits Jake Sands—a Travis McGee wannabe with the habits (jogging, weight training, sensitivity) of a Santa Barbara Spenser—against whoever killed his Coco Palms neighbor Wendell Leeds; Katherine Burley's missing husband, Greg; and Toni Spence, the woman Greg called just before he disappeared. Read full book review >
THE REDBIRD'S CRY by Jean Hager
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Heavily padded with inane chatter, balky romances, and snippets of Indian folklore, this is far from Hager's best, and no match for her Chief Bushyhead adventures (Ghostland, 1991, etc.)."
Molly Bearpaw, sole investigator for Oklahoma's Native American Advocacy League, once again tackles a case of murder in this slow-moving follow-up to Ravenmocker (1992). Read full book review >
CROOKED ISLAND by Victoria McKernan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"And don't turn your back on that 12- year-old, not for a minute."
Two hundred and fifty years after the corpse of James Francis Edward, who may or may not have been the rightful King of England, sinks with the Christiania in the coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Mayaguana, Annalee McGuire, insatiably curious 12-year- old daughter of archeologist Jack McGuire, discovers a mysterious necklace her father traces to the claimant. Read full book review >
LAST RIGHTS by Timothy Sebastian
THRILLERS
Released: March 24, 1994

"East and West."
The new world order as family romance—this starring a Russian ÇmigrÇ's son who struggles to honor both of his parents while keeping a step ahead of the double agents on his trail. Read full book review >
ON DANGEROUS GROUND by Jack Higgins
THRILLERS
Released: March 23, 1994

"Nowhere near the top of Higgins' form, but his hordes of devoted fans won't mind this dog-and-pony show one more time. (Book-of-the- Month-Club Main Selection)"
Back in 1944, Lord Mountbatten succeeded in getting Mao Tse- tung's signature on a promise to extend the British lease on Hong Kong for another hundred years if Mao came to power in China. Read full book review >
NEXT OF KIN by Joseph Schreiber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 1994

"But nothing about Nicholas' peril is equal to his demented, tender abductor's unwitting hints at just how disturbing it's going to be."
A 14-year-old boy, impatient with his family's suburban rituals, gets more than his share of the unusual when he's kidnapped by a girl claiming to be his sister. 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 >