Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

THE JAGUAR'S CHILDREN by John Vaillant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An eloquent literary dissection of the divide between the United States and Mexico."
Vaillant's debut fiction follows Hector Lazaro from Mexico's Sierra Juárez to Oaxaca's el Centro to an old tanker truck poised to sneak into El Norte, the promised land.Read full book review >
WOLF WINTER by Cecilia Ekbäck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This snapshot of life in a place where winter can be unspeakably cruel, where simply staying alive is a victory, proves irresistible."
Ekbäck takes readers on a journey to Swedish Lapland in 1717, a harsh and unforgiving place where the supernatural bleeds over into the difficult lives of the few settlers trying to make it through a hardscrabble winter. Read full book review >

RISKING IT ALL by Tessa Bailey
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This intense, erotic romance pairs brisk action with well-developed characters."
An undercover policewoman falls for the criminal assigned to protect her in a taut romantic thriller by author Bailey (Staking His Claim, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA by Matthew Reilly
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This is Jurassic Park retold, without enough of a twist to make the retelling seem necessary."
Dragons, crocodiles and Communist Party bureaucrats abound in Reilly's (Scarecrow Returns, 2012, etc.) latest thriller.Read full book review >
SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF DUST by Scott Michael Bowers
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A riveting story about a man whose self-discovery will end violently or with a woman who loves him."
Three friends' annual Panama City Beach, Florida, getaway turns into a violent quest for vengeance in Bowers' debut thriller. Read full book review >

GLOW by Ned Beauman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A respectable effort to play with the thriller form that gets bogged down by those very same thriller mechanics."
A new club drug tangles a scenester in a global conspiracy in this quirky tale of love and corporate overreach. Read full book review >
THE GHOST SHIFT by John Gapper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"An insider's peek into hidden Chinese culture with a complex storyline, Gapper's novel works on every level."
Gapper (A Fatal Debt, 2012, etc.) sweeps readers inside today's China in his latest thriller.Read full book review >
SERPENTS IN THE COLD by Thomas O'Malley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"This is a bone-crunching, gut-wrenching novel that captures the atmosphere of a city in decay and its inhabitants. It delivers noir fiction like we always want it to be."
A dark thriller in which two misfits take on the corrupt Boston political system with revenge as their mantra. Read full book review >
MARK OF THE BEAST by Adolphus A. Anekwe
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Thriller fans comfortable with mixing science and the book of Revelations might enjoy this one, but others will have a devil of a time liking it."
A thriller that tries in vain to marry science and the Bible. Read full book review >
BLACK ICE by Max Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"An engrossing thriller for readers who like their spies to be pragmatic but rigorous."
A Scandinavian intelligence officer stumbles upon a murderous global conspiracy to secure Arctic oil and gas resources in Morgan's debut thriller. Read full book review >
NEAR ENEMY by Adam Sternbergh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The machinations of all this sinister reality remain rather abstract and thus wind up having far more interest to Spademan than to the reader."
Spademan—the garbageman-turned-noir hit man introduced in Sternbergh's first novel, Shovel Ready (2014)—returns to save New York from a terrorist threat.Read full book review >
COLD COLD HEART by Tami Hoag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A top-notch psychological thriller."
In Hoag's (The 9th Girl, 2013, etc.) latest, talented young newscaster Dana Nolan is left to navigate a psychological maze after escaping a serial killer.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >