Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

SHADY CROSS by James Hankins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Even with a child in jeopardy, the tension here is entirely manufactured, and any sense of urgency is deflated early on when Hankins fails to render Stokes beyond tired stereotypes."
A low-level crook finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping plot and must choose whether to save a child or his own neck. Read full book review >
BONE DIGGER by Douglas Hirt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Veteran Hirt's (Deadwood, 1999, etc.) plain prose has abundant heart. This Western thriller rolls a bit slowly but with ease and true grit."
It's not the elephant in the room but the dinosaur in the canyon that ignites a firestorm near a cattle ranch. Read full book review >

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND by Kathryn Holmes
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Vivid, gripping and believable from beginning to end—a strong debut. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Hallelujah thought that if she kept her head down, pastor's son Luke, the popular boy she once crushed on, would stop bullying her and spreading humiliating lies about what happened between them. Read full book review >
LAST DAYS OF THE CONDOR by James Grady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Grady's anti-heroic spy returns in fine form in an up-to-the-minute novel to which the author, a former Washington investigator, brings plenty of insider knowledge."
Having captured the spy culture of the paranoid Cold War era in his 1974 novel Six Days of the Condor (filmed as Three Days of the Condor with Robert Redford), Grady now depicts the convoluted, cutthroat state of intelligence in the post-9/11 world.Read full book review >
THE KILLING SEASON by Mason Cross
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Cross provides a gratifyingly high body count, ruthlessly efficient action sequences and all the other thrills you'd expect of the superior popcorn movie you can expect his first novel to spawn, right down to a nifty extra twist in the tail."
A freelance soldier of fortune signs on with the FBI to catch an escaped convict, a Marine-trained sniper who's picked up where he left off five years ago, in Cross' slam-bang debut. Read full book review >

A LOVE LIKE BLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"In this macabre psychological thriller, Sedgwick offers atmospheric settings and a relentless, chilling plot that gives a whole new meaning to the idea of 'blood feud.'"
In Sedgwick's first adult fiction, Charles Jackson, a young World War II soldier, happens upon a horrific crime—a perverted ritual?—that haunts him for decades. Read full book review >
THE SWIMMER by Joakim Zander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A compulsively readable page-turner with unexpected heart."
An international thriller with the pace and intensity of a Jason Bourne adventure, Zander's debut follows the intertwining stories of a young Swedish woman and a washed-up American spy. Read full book review >
CRAZY LOVE YOU by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Classic Unger and a surefire hit with her followers."
Unger takes her loyal readers back to The Hollows, a creepy town about 100 miles from New York City, in this tale of love gone awry. Read full book review >
TWELVE DAYS by Alex Berenson
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"This one is well-worth the thriller enthusiast's time, which holds true for all the novels Berenson has written to date."
John Wells returns in another exciting and entirely plausible verge-of-war thriller. Read full book review >
PARDON THE RAVENS by Alan Hruska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Hruska has settled into the legal-thriller milieu somewhere between the more erudite and complex Turow and the topical, quick-moving Grisham."
In Hruska's latest legal thriller (Wrong Man Running, 2011), set mainly in Manhattan in 1961, only one thing stands in the way of Alec Brno's chance of partnership at the big-time Wall Street law firm Kendall, Blake, Steele & Braddock.Read full book review >
All Hailed The Singularity by Dan Pausback
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"A fast-paced, if occasionally buggy, cyberthriller with some nail-biting passages."
In Pausback's apocalyptic debut thriller, a deadly hacker unleashes a virus that threatens to delete the human species. Read full book review >
LONG WAY DOWN by Michael Sears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"The chase action is enough to make this an agreeable read, and the Kid scenes add depth, though the book never delivers on the promise of well-turned financial intrigue."
Sears' (Black Fridays, 2012, etc.) sophisticated sleuth Jason Stafford returns in this odd hybrid of a high-finance mystery and a high-stakes chase thriller.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >