Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

THE PRISONER by Alex Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Deeply researched, fast-paced, and believable. Peace be upon John Wells, but only after he's helped defeat jihad once and for all. That's sure to extend this fine series."
Another "blood-spatter messy" mission by Muslim CIA freelance operator John Wells (The Wolves, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Lisa Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With its shaky armchair psychology and excessive plot threads, this is a series low point."
A teenager with a troubled past becomes the prime suspect in a string of brutal murders, but ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, think there's more to the story. Read full book review >

TORN by Mary Brock Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"While the pacing fails to match the urgency of the central plot, the tale delivers a complex blend of ecological sci-fi and political thriller."
Two eco-engineers trying to save their planet from environmental disaster discover their employer may possess a hidden agenda in this first installment of a series. Read full book review >
FATAL by John Lescroart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Lescroart manages the first movement of this cautionary tale by mixing his pitches with exquisite control. Once the homicide investigation kicks in, things become altogether more routine, though he still has a few nifty surprises in store for fans who'd expect nothing less."
After dishing out 20-plus cases to San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy and his friends and relations (The Fall, 2015, etc.), Lescroart pens a stand-alone whose Bay Area is just as tense and treacherous even if you're not part of the justice system. Read full book review >
THE PROMETHEUS MAN by Scott Reardon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"The chase is all here, and for some that will be enough."
After a CIA agent is murdered, his brother seeks revenge and stumbles onto a plot to create a superhuman killer. Read full book review >

THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Prediction: the Ron Howard movie, already in the works, will be much better than the book."
A high-tech town house is leased by its control-freak architect to a series of women who look just like his dead wife. Read full book review >
THINGS WE HAVE IN COMMON by Tasha Kavanagh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"If you can stick with Yasmin until the end, the twists and turns are worth it."
A teenage outcast imagines what would happen if one of her classmates was abducted only to deal with confusing consequences when fantasy becomes reality in Kavanagh's debut novel. Read full book review >
K STREET by M.A. Lawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"With characters as flat as construction paper and a formulaic plot, this book manages what other thrillers about the NSA have failed to do: make it boring."
Kay Hamilton—former Drug Enforcement Administration agent and woman of steel—takes on the all-knowing National Security Agency in the third entry in Lawson's series (Viking Bay, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BELIEVER by Joakim Zander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Suspenseful and primed for Hollywood adaptation, this is escapist fiction at its best."
Zander's latest page-turning political thriller weaves three interconnected stories into a hypertopical tale of international intrigue. Read full book review >
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Thriller fans craving action and violence will enjoy this one."
The high-energy and hairy-chested sequel to Orphan X (2016). Read full book review >
PRESIDENTIAL CONCLUSIONS by Douglas J. Wood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A sharp tale of government and terrorism fortified by an exceptional POTUS protagonist."
Samantha "Sam" Harrison must lead the United States against coordinated nationwide terrorist strikes in this political thriller, the final installment of a trilogy. Read full book review >
Blood Family by Brent Winter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2017

"A clever, engaging view into dark places."
Fantasy and horror blend in Winter's debut novel about a man who discovers his family's links to the supernatural. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >