Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

MIGUEL'S GIFT by Bruce Kading
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"A long and winding road."
An Immigration and Naturalization Services agent uncovers what was really behind the arrest of an illegal immigrant that went awry. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S FEAST  by M.J. Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Too many red herrings and not enough good red meat."
Who is poisoning the politicians of London's Reform Club? Surely not its celebrity chef, Alexis Soyer, whose spotless kitchen is a miracle of Victorian modernity—those faucets with instant hot water! Those gas ranges with adjustable flames! It sounds like another case for famed investigative duo Avery and Blake. Read full book review >

THE BRIDGE by Stuart Prebble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"While Prebble (The Insect Farm, 2015) flounders when writing believably youthful characters, he spins an entertaining tale full of enough twists to gloss over this shortcoming."
A young couple discovers their budding romance has disturbing links to a string of crimes committed by a serial killer. Read full book review >
THE BLACK BOOK by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2017

"Most readers will be ahead of the twin investigators in identifying the guilty party. But the mystery is authentic, the lead-up genuinely suspenseful, and the leading characters and situations more memorable than Patterson's managed in quite a while. Co-author Ellis is definitely a keeper."
Peerless networker Patterson (Woman of God, 2016, etc.), who's become as ubiquitous as Betty Crocker, latches on to a co-author who ups his game in several welcome ways. Read full book review >
FIND ME by J.S. Monroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Fast-paced, satisfying, and, ultimately, life-affirming."
Monroe's debut thriller is a paranoiac's dream with plenty of twists. Read full book review >

LOLA by Melissa Scrivner Love
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Despite a striking premise and a strong start, this novel wears thin."
A few edgy weeks in the life of a woman gang leader on the eastern edge of South Central Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE CUTAWAY by Christina Kovac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Not without some strengths, but it takes more than a good newsroom to produce a good story."
A TV news producer trails a missing woman into Washington, D.C.'s dark regions. Read full book review >
A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"More like 'girl on a train wreck.'"
An insecure woman with an edgy past insinuates herself into the lives of a narcissistic, glamorous couple and finds herself in jeopardy. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN SWITCH by Matthew Quirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"An excellent follow-up to Cold Barrel Zero (2015), this is a standout thriller."
An underground network of U.S. operatives contracted by the government to kill terrorists has been exposed, leaving the Special Ops and their families vulnerable to foreign assassins. Read full book review >
A TWIST OF THE KNIFE by Becky Masterman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Against all odds, the harrowing back story and repeated doses of present-tense violence make the investigation not so much shocking as deeply, heart-wrenchingly sad. It'll be a long time before intrepid readers who enter Masterman's latest labyrinth shake off its suffocating spell."
Even though her father is hovering near death, Brigid Quinn, put out to pasture in Tucson, can't help responding to another request from her old FBI friend Laura Coleman (Rage Against the Dying, 2013) to help with a cold case that turns red-hot. Read full book review >
VICIOUS CIRCLE by C.J. Box
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Bracingly familiar pleasures expertly packaged. The two families' fraught history, tangled enough to fuel a whole season of high-country soap opera, keeps this installment from being the best place to take the initial plunge into the franchise, but first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded."
In his 17th adventure, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett (Off the Grid, 2016, etc.) goes another 15 rounds with surviving members of the toxic Cates family. Read full book review >
THE QUIET COUP by Rob Lubitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2017

"A smart, gritty political-conspiracy thriller."
In this finale to Lubitz's (Beyond Top Secret, 2015, etc.) trilogy, the identities of two amnesiacs come into question as a secret group plans to unleash a powerful mind-control drug. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >