Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2015

"Coben can always be relied on to generate thrills from the simplest premises, but his finest tales maintain a core of logic throughout the twists. This 100-proof nightmare ranks among his most potent."
Another one of Coben's got-it-all New Jersey dads finds out that his wonderful wife has been hiding a whopper of a secret from him—a secret whose trail leads to even more monstrous revelations. Read full book review >
An Ordinary Magic by Jason Thibeault
THRILLERS
Released: March 21, 2015

"A superb magical tribute to fathers, sons, and those who love them."
A supernatural thriller about a priest, his wayward son, and the voodoo sorcerer who could exploit their secret. Read full book review >

SNOW MEN by Andrew Ceroni
THRILLERS
Released: March 18, 2015

"A triumph thanks to its impressive snowy setting; should be read with a space heater handy."
A former U.S. government agent faces off against Russian operatives who may be planning a nuclear attack in Alaska in Ceroni's (Meridian, 2000) thriller. Read full book review >
The Shape-Shifters by Peter Goldman
THRILLERS
Released: March 14, 2015

"Precarious politics take precedence over murder in this striking genre entry."
Private eye Max Christian helps a friend who's running for Congress and enters a seedy world of murder, drugs, and politics in Goldman's (The Last Minstrel Show, 2012, etc.) latest thriller. Read full book review >
Oversight by Thomas Claburn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2015

"An invigorating sci-fi mystery that's so plugged in it may leave readers' brains buzzing."
An investigator uncovers a conspiracy to launch a viral attack in Claburn's (Reflecting Fires, 2001) sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >

THE FLOOD by David Sachs
THRILLERS
Released: March 12, 2015

"An engaging and ultimately devastating disaster novel."
A disabled cruise ship, packed with refugees and fleeing a tsunami, finds anything but smooth sailing in Sachs' thriller. Read full book review >
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"It's an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs."
Two American spies—one retired, one active—dance around what really happened five years earlier during a mission gone horribly wrong. Read full book review >
LEAVING BERLIN by Joseph Kanon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Another compelling, intellectually charged period piece by Kanon, who works in the shadows of fear as well as anyone now writing."
Set in 1949, a few years after Kanon's The Good German (2001), this novel explores the grave moral complexities of life in Soviet-controlled East Berlin through the tense encounters of Alex Meier, a young Jewish novelist of some renown working for the CIA.Read full book review >
TOO BAD TO DIE by Francine Mathews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Mathews writes well, keeps the pace brisk and has great fun re-creating historical personages."
If the title sounds reminiscent of a James Bond novel, it's no coincidence, for Mathews freely makes use of Ian Fleming's World War II experience as an intelligence officer in Cairo and Tehran to create adventures in espionage and counterespionage. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A brilliant work."
Caldwell (The Rule of Four, 2004) makes intriguing literature from complex theology, weaving in a text lost to history, the Shroud of Turin and Vatican duplicity. Read full book review >
AWAKE IN THE DARK by Paul Laville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2015

"Grim, somber, ferocious—a novel to read again."
In Laville's dark debut thriller, a London artist is tormented by a serial killer seemingly inspired by his work. Read full book review >
ROCKY POINT ROAD by Joseph Allen
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 27, 2015

"At a decidedly unhurried pace, this story's enlivened by its colorful characters."
In Allen's debut thriller, the drowning death of a man's estranged wife may not have been accidental. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >