Thrillers Book Reviews (page 6)

BONITA AVENUE by Peter Buwalda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"His strength are sustained scenes that will linger in memory after other parts of the brain have given up on fitting together the pieces of this puzzler."
A family saga that is variously compelling, trashy and horrific, this debut has rough edges and plausibility problems—not unlike the Stieg Larsson trilogy—and movie written all over it. Read full book review >
THE CARRIER by Sophie Hannah
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fans will love the endlessly knotty complications; those unable to commit their full attention to the problem at hand may well quit in exhaustion before the denouement."
The smothering of a supremely unlikable woman provokes a conspiracy, a false confession, a hysterical outburst and round upon round of sifting through the evidence by DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer (Kind of Cruel, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

A JOURNAL OF THE CRAZY YEAR by Forrest Carr
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"A great case made for the idea that the end isn't nigh—it's already here."
A pandemic helps humanity destroy itself in this wry apocalyptic thriller. Read full book review >
BRED TO KILL by Frank Thilliez
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"French author Thilliez's follow-up to his international hit Syndrome E is nearly as good, leaving us eager to have the rest of his efforts released in the U.S."
Paris-based Inspector Sharko and Lille police detective Lucie Henebelle, both shadows of their former selves following the abduction of the latter's twin daughters at the end of Syndrome E (2012), reunite to investigate a bizarre series of genetically engineered murders.Read full book review >
THE RECKONING by James Patrick Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2015

"Apart from Javier and his cartel, a surprisingly close remake of The Desperate Hours—Humphrey Bogart and Robert Middleton would be perfect as Richard and Amos, and Lee is the spitting image of Fredric March—that makes up in tension what it lacks in surprise."
Three escaped convicts take a Tulsa family hostage in this thriller from Hunt (The Detective, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

REACTION TO MURDER by David Veale
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 7, 2015

"A subdued but effective thriller that provides an ideal starting point for its exemplary protagonist.
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In Veale's debut procedural thriller, a burned and beaten body is found in the wreckage of a devastating fire at a U.K. college. Read full book review >
FOREWARNED by Harry Gossett
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 7, 2015

"Any detective who can manage this many jobs in one story is practically begging for a series. Here's hoping."
In Gossett's (A Year in Fear, 2013) latest thriller, an investigator who's lost his PI license puts his sleuthing skills to work while eluding the IRS. Read full book review >
THE GUARD by Peter Terrin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A spare, dystopian comedy that doesn't bring quite enough funny to satisfy nor enough detail to terrify."
Science fiction meets Samuel Beckett in this Godot-like tale of two security guards nervously biding their time in the basement of a wealthy apartment complex. Read full book review >
WHITE PLAGUE by James Abel
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Joe Rush makes a strong debut against dangerous odds in the Arctic, and so does Abel."
A triple dose of trouble awaits bioterror expert Joe Rush in the remote reaches of the Arctic Ocean: A U.S. submarine with superadvanced weapons is in flames, the sailors who haven't been killed yet by a mysterious agent will die if they're not treated soon, and a Chinese sub is fast approaching. Read full book review >
JOURNEY THROUGH THE MIRROR by T.R. Williams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Worth a try for fans of the genre, but start with Book 1, Journey into the Flame."
The unexciting middle installment in the author's Rising World trilogy. Read full book review >
A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Deft characterization, but reading about someone this relentlessly unconscionable will make most readers lunge for the shower as soon as they've reached the final page."
William Heming sells real estate, but that's not his only pursuit in this dark first-person tale by English journalist Hogan. Read full book review >
RETRIBUTION by David Hagberg
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A believable story told in a clear and concise style."
A former CIA director battles German mercenaries to protect members of SEAL Team Six. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >