Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

FINDING JAKE by Bryan Reardon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A compelling read; disturbingly relevant in contemporary America."
A father hears about a shooting incident at his son's high school—and then finds his son is one of the suspected killers. Read full book review >
THE ALPHABET HOUSE by Jussi Adler-Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A study of loyalty confronting madness and evil."
Adler-Olsen (The Marco Effect, 2014, etc.) begins his first stand-alone thriller with a World War II reconnaissance mission. Read full book review >

MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD by Jeffrey Archer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Expect once more unto the breach: The conclusion's a turbo-charged cliffhanger that'll have fans screaming Arrrcherr!"
The fifth of Archer's Clifton Chronicles begins with a bang before heading on to only slightly less explosive ground as Archer examines his fictional clan's financial, political and personal contretemps in the 1960s. Read full book review >
LAMENTATION by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Shakespearean characterization and Byzantine plotting: Amid all the stink and muck of Tudor London, Sansom offers a master class in royal intrigue."
Sansom follows the further adventures of Matthew Shardlake, Serjeant at Law (Heartstone, 2011, etc.), as the good lawyer is summoned by Queen Catherine during the last days of Henry VIII's reign.Read full book review >
THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS by Kate Rhodes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A giant forward leap when it comes to plot, but the prose is weighed down with an avalanche of similes and odd verb choices."
Rhodes places her go-to protagonist, Alice Quentin, in peril again in this third novel in the series. Read full book review >

THE OUTSIDERS by Gerald Seymour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A fresh Spanish setting, a stream of characters with great nicknames like 'the Tractor,' and a mix of British, Eastern European and American crime fighters make Seymour's 29th novel one of his most entertaining."
Overrun with spies, cops and Euro mobsters, Seymour's 29th novel concerns a female MI5 veteran's obsessive need to avenge the death of a young colleague who was kicked to death by a Russian crime lord. Read full book review >
SHADY CROSS by James Hankins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Even with a child in jeopardy, the tension here is entirely manufactured, and any sense of urgency is deflated early on when Hankins fails to render Stokes beyond tired stereotypes."
A low-level crook finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping plot and must choose whether to save a child or his own neck. Read full book review >
BONE DIGGER by Douglas Hirt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Veteran Hirt's (Deadwood, 1999, etc.) plain prose has abundant heart. This Western thriller rolls a bit slowly but with ease and true grit."
It's not the elephant in the room but the dinosaur in the canyon that ignites a firestorm near a cattle ranch. Read full book review >
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND by Kathryn Holmes
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Vivid, gripping and believable from beginning to end—a strong debut. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Hallelujah thought that if she kept her head down, pastor's son Luke, the popular boy she once crushed on, would stop bullying her and spreading humiliating lies about what happened between them. Read full book review >
LAST DAYS OF THE CONDOR by James Grady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Grady's anti-heroic spy returns in fine form in an up-to-the-minute novel to which the author, a former Washington investigator, brings plenty of insider knowledge."
Having captured the spy culture of the paranoid Cold War era in his 1974 novel Six Days of the Condor (filmed as Three Days of the Condor with Robert Redford), Grady now depicts the convoluted, cutthroat state of intelligence in the post-9/11 world.Read full book review >
THE KILLING SEASON by Mason Cross
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Cross provides a gratifyingly high body count, ruthlessly efficient action sequences and all the other thrills you'd expect of the superior popcorn movie you can expect his first novel to spawn, right down to a nifty extra twist in the tail."
A freelance soldier of fortune signs on with the FBI to catch an escaped convict, a Marine-trained sniper who's picked up where he left off five years ago, in Cross' slam-bang debut. Read full book review >
A LOVE LIKE BLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"In this macabre psychological thriller, Sedgwick offers atmospheric settings and a relentless, chilling plot that gives a whole new meaning to the idea of 'blood feud.'"
In Sedgwick's first adult fiction, Charles Jackson, a young World War II soldier, happens upon a horrific crime—a perverted ritual?—that haunts him for decades. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >