Thrillers Book Reviews (page 6)

THE GIRL ON THE RUN by Gregg Olsen
THRILLERS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Without dropping a beat, the story ends in a crescendo of danger and turmoil and paves the way for the vigilante teen to take on more criminals in subsequent books. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
Bestselling true-crime writer Olsen takes a successful stab at thriller writing for teens. Read full book review >
JUST FALL by Nina Sadowsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"The novel concludes with threat of a sequel, but it's hard to stimulate much interest in seeing what Rob and Ellie do next."
In Sadowsky's debut thriller, a young woman must face her own capacity for violence in order to save the man she loves. Read full book review >

BAD SIGNS by R.J. Ellory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"The story has enough depth to work on a few levels: as an existential look at the nature of fate or as a gripping story in its own right. And it wouldn't be a stretch to see the caring Clay and the violent Digger as symbols of America's divided psyche at this point in its history."
Is it truly possible to be born under a bad sign? The half brothers in Ellory's (Ghostheart, 2015, etc.) latest novel think so, and their attempts to shake their destiny are the subject of a haunting thriller set in the early 1960s. Read full book review >
DEEP BLUE by Randy Wayne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"The front-loading of the major surprises makes this adventure middling among Doc Ford's recent Bond-like encounters with villains with political agendas (Cuba Straits, 2015, etc.)."
Marine biologist Marion D. Ford interrupts his endless partying at Sanibel Island long enough to get involved in another round of international counterterrorism. Read full book review >
Said the Fly by Laurie Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2016

"A buzz-worthy initial offering in a planned mystery series."
A blowfly, a grasshopper leg, and a tiny flower are the unlikely clues that help a zoologist track down a killer in this dazzling island mystery. Read full book review >

OFF THE GRID by C.J. Box
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Even though you just know Box isn't going to put an end to his highly successful franchise by blowing his lead characters to kingdom come, you can't help turning the pages and holding your breath until you find out where this scary, all-too-plausible caravan is heading."
Terrorists, libertarians, and wild cards duke it out in game warden Joe Pickett's Wyoming. Read full book review >
THE STEEL KISS by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Fans savvy enough to ignore the ill-advised extras and keep their eyes on the duel between Rhyme and Unsub 40 will be treated to all the usual thrills, which are worth every breathless minute."
The latest of Lincoln Rhyme's fiendishly inventive antagonists is a killer who rails against rampant consumerism online, then hacks into the Internet of Things to murder New Yorkers who've grown too attached to their computer-driven toys. Read full book review >
Shape, Shine and Shadow by John Benacre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2016

"An IRA protagonist perhaps too smart for his pursuers, but the recurring character is always entertaining."
The failure of a resurgent Irish Republican Army-planned bombing in 2016 London puts an Irishman on the run from both MI5 and his boss in Benacre's (McCann, 2015, etc.) thriller. Read full book review >
Island of the Assassin by Joseph Roccasalvo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2016

"Though the book's war-on-terror filigree edges close to the universe of Jason Bourne, the (holy) spirit is willing in this bumpy, parablelike tale."
Roman Catholic priest and novelist Peter Quince finds himself the surprised employer of an icy, international CIA hit man, whose secret yearning for absolution risks both their lives. Read full book review >
IRAN by Nicholas Borelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2016

"Not the most likable protagonist but watching him confront danger may garner interest in his previous tales."
In Borelli's (At Last Reconciled, 2013, etc.) latest thriller, a New York lawyer gets caught up in a U.S. operation to neutralize weapons-grade material hidden in Iran. Read full book review >
Black and White by Jerri Blair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2016

"A long but energetic tale that's rife with drama and mystery, both in and out of the courtroom."
A Florida lawyer has the chance to help a former client on trial for murder in Blair's (College Football Etiquette, 2015, etc.) legal thriller set in the late 1970s.Read full book review >
THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Lutz provides some great suggestions for going on the lam (a lot of hair dye and car switching is involved), but at its core, this is a novel about identity: a slippery notion which depends upon both how the world sees us and how we see ourselves."
With her latest books, Lutz is deep in thriller territory, and she writes like she's happy to be there. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >