Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

FATAL OPTION by Chris Beakey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A character-driven tale that maintains its sincerity even in its most nerve-wracking moments."
In Beakey's (Double Abduction, 2007) thriller, an investigation into a tragic accident during a blizzard reveals a string of secrets—including a murder.Read full book review >
MORALIS ALEAM by Priyesh Patel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"A keen labyrinthine plot sprinkled with moments of intrigue and humor."
The CIA's search for a mysterious, untraceable company blamed for the world's unstable economy unravels a decadeslong string of conspiracies in this debut thriller. Read full book review >

THE LAST NIGHT AT TREMORE BEACH by Mikel Santiago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A sadly squandered setting and a protagonist who's more abrasive than empathetic make for a lackluster story of things, real or imaginary, that go bump in the night."
A struggling composer tries to get away from it all at a remote Irish beach house, but a chance weather event seems to imbue him with special powers that give him disturbing views of future events. Read full book review >
THE UNDESIRED by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Rest assured that the guilty and the innocent alike will share every punishment Sigurdardóttir can dish out."
As in The Silence of the Sea (2016), Iceland's Queen of Crime juggles two sets of crimes in two time frames to produce a slow-burning, bone-chilling tale. Read full book review >
A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"The prolific Cumming insufficiently preps the reader on the hero's back story but writes with ruefully brittle intelligence and keeps the twists coming."
A British agent lures a closeted Russian superspy into the open by befriending his spurned secret lover. Read full book review >

HEARTBREAK HOTEL by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Entertaining as the conscientious excavation of ancient misdeeds is, it all ends up having disappointingly little to do with the motive and the culprit in the unlikely murder of the tale's most charming character."
Child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware (Breakdown, 2016, etc.) deals with his oldest client yet, a deceptively sweet old lady who gently importunes him to provide his services but dies without explaining why. Read full book review >
TINDERBOX by Rachel Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"An exciting tale that offers an entertaining mix of action and romance."
An American archaeologist in Africa uncovers a dangerous conspiracy while investigating the discovery of a lifetime in Grant's (Poison Evidence, 2016, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A deadly game involving a dangerous girl that does have a winner: the reader."
A secret fertility experiment goes wrong in this thriller. Read full book review >
NK3 by Michael Tolkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A competently constructed but often spiritless novel that doesn't fulfill the intriguing premise of a world brought down by the loss of memory."
In a fast-moving thriller that turns Los Angeles into a post-apocalyptic playground, Tolkin (The Return of the Player, 2006, etc.) weaves numerous storylines into a dark take on the aftermath of disaster. Read full book review >
RUSH OF BLOOD by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Billingham, creator of DI Tom Thorne (Die of Shame, 2016, etc.), provides a stand-alone that's both creepy and shocking as he probes a friendship with complexities even the friends can't fathom."
Trouble in paradise follows three British couples back home. Read full book review >
ZODIAC by Sam Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The use of astrology, while intriguing, is not enough to hang an entire novel on, let alone an entire fictional society, and Wilson's efforts to whip up suspense around the multiple murder case fall as flat as his characters."
A serial killer is on the loose in a society ruled by its citizens' zodiac signs. Read full book review >
THE POSSESSIONS by Sara Flannery Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Imaginative and original, this is a novel that should have resonated more deeply."
In Murphy's debut novel, people can reconnect with the dead through the Elysian Society, whose employees—known as "bodies"—are temporarily possessed with the help of a drug called a "lotus." 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 >