Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

Silver Rain by Patrick Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A technology-inspired mystery with all the fun of a zombie-esque outbreak."
Nanobytes released into the air transform most of the U.S. population into crazed killers who attack the unaffected in this sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN PEOPLE by Alison Littlewood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Suitably strange with a twist, but the misogyny of the main character, true to the time period, is off-putting for a modern audience."
When a young woman is brutally murdered, her urbane cousin plans to debunk superstition and find out what really happened. But Yorkshire in the 1800s is a rather mysterious, suggestive place, and soon it's unclear where the line falls between the supernatural and human cruelty. Read full book review >

CITY OF STRANGERS by Louise Millar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The story falls victim to Millar's florid, overwrought prose and an unbearably silly subplot."
A photographer finds a dead man in her kitchen and sets out to identify him. Read full book review >
SPIRIT MISSION by Ted Russ
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Russ proves adept at spinning a fast-moving yarn with believable, three-dimensional characters."
In West Point cadet lore, a spirit mission is an illegal or unauthorized one that needs to be carried out for moral reasons. Read full book review >
THE TWENTY-THREE  by Linwood Barclay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"People die in large quantities in this deviously plotted but overly sprawling effort."
More mass mayhem awaits Barclay fans in the final installment of his Promise Falls trilogy, in which bodies stack up "in the morgue like firewood before the winter." Read full book review >

THE KILLING SHIP by Simon Beaufort
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Beaufort leaves both 12th-century and modern England (The Murder House, 2014, etc.) far behind in a breathtaking tale of intrigue and fortitude reminiscent of the vintage adventure tales of Alistair MacLean."
A group of scientists about to leave Antarctica is overtaken by horrifying events. Read full book review >
BLACK WIDOW by Christopher Brookmyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Full of engaging twists, Brookmyre's latest thriller featuring unconventional journalist Jack Parlabane is as compelling as it is clever."
Outed as the controversial blogger who targeted sexists in her workplace, surgeon Diana Jager is suspected of murdering her new young husband, leading maverick reporter Jack Parlabane on a circuitous investigation of the couple. Read full book review >
THE LONG ROOM by Francesca Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Kay is consistently entertaining in this subtle, sad psychological thriller."
Here is le Carré writ small yet still tense in a quiet thriller set amid the less glamorous work of back-office surveillance for the British government. Read full book review >
THE HANGING CLUB  by Tony Parsons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This case tests Wolfe's humanity as well as his sense of duty."
A group of vigilantes goes after bad guys who received little more than a slap on the wrist. Read full book review >
THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Grade-A Connelly. The dark forces arrayed against the hero turn out to be disappointingly toothless, but everything else clicks in this latest chapter of a compulsively good cop's odyssey through the City of Angels and its outlying neighborhoods and less angelic spirits."
Harry Bosch, balancing a new pair of gigs in greater LA, tackles two cases, one of them official, one he struggles to keep as private as can be. Read full book review >
THE OXFORD PHOTOGRAPH by Tony Thistlewood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A dense, absorbing tale featuring dogged characters that give the plot momentum."
British intelligence agents must figure out if a potential nuclear threat in London is motivated by politics, religion, or something more personal in Thistlewood's (Bastards & Baronets, 2016, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
A Song of Bullets by Lizzy Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"A sluggish IRA tale with a touch of romance that should impress readers with its political acumen."
A young woman becomes torn between two men as she grapples with a tragedy in this political and religious thriller set in Northern Ireland during the 1970s "Troubles." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >