Thrillers Book Reviews (page 6)

BAD KARMA by Dwight Holing
THRILLERS
Released: May 15, 2015

"An engrossing novel that should earn the series a bevy of new fans."
In Holing's (A Boatload, 2014, etc.) thriller sequel, an ex-con dabbles in his dormant criminal ways to prove that his wife's friend is innocent of murder. Read full book review >
Killing Maine by Mike Bond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"Another stellar ride from Bond; checking out Pono's first adventure isn't a prerequisite, but this will make readers want to.
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In Bond's (Tibetan Cross, 2014, etc.) thriller, Hawaiian surfer Pono Hawkins books a flight to Maine to help a fellow Special Forces vet duck a murder conviction.Read full book review >

The Talis Dunes by Peter Lalor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"A complex but stilted entry in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi subgenre."
A young soldier is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy that borders on the supernatural in Lalor's (Philo Mae, 2007, etc.)thriller set in the future.Read full book review >
The Seventh Seal by Frank Heiberger
THRILLERS
Released: May 13, 2015

"A fast-paced thriller with some intellectual meat on its bones."
Heiberger's (The Feud, 2014, etc.) fourth novel weaves together theological themes and archaeological intrigue into a rollicking action adventure story as a seafaring academic seeks out a holy book before its profanation destroys the world. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF STONE by Jonathan Papernick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Papernick (The Ascent of Eli Israel, 2002, etc.) plows fresh ground in this terrorist thriller, but for all the book's strong background elements, the young protagonist is such a mess that he loses the reader's interest."
Following the death of his father, a disgraced judge, psychologically disheveled Matthew Stone is drawn into a pre-9/11 terrorist plot by Jewish extremists in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT by Neal Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Over-the-top evil turns this otherwise excellent first novel into an exercise in extremes, but even at its worst, Griffin's work proves superior to the unrealistic fare that often passes for a police thriller."
Griffin's debut novel propels readers into the chilling worlds of big-money drugs, small-town corruption, and a murderer who strikes without conscience. Read full book review >
SEAL TEAM SIX: HUNT THE FOX by Don Mann
THRILLERS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Cast Russell Crowe as Crocker for a cinematic thrill ride."
Dispatching SEAL Team 6's Black Cell into anarchic Syria to secure a cache of sarin gas, Mann (Seal Team Six: Hunt the Falcon, 2013, etc.) shoots up another headline-inspired plot.Read full book review >
COME TO HARM by Catriona McPherson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"The latest from this master of psychological thrillers (The Day She Died, 2014, etc.) is more cerebral than physical. But every page will draw you in and deepen your dread."
A Japanese graduate student convinces herself that a small Scottish town is filled with dark secrets. Read full book review >
THE OFFERING by Salah  el Moncef
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2015

"An immersive, finely wrought mystery of tragedy, loss, and recovery.
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El Moncef (Sleepwalking, 2012, etc.) offers a psychological thriller in which one man must solve the terrible secrets of his own past. Read full book review >
THE FALL by John Lescroart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"'You're never going to believe what just happened,' as The Beck's roommate tells her at one point, could be a motto, for better or worse, for the whole wild tale. The final twist, however, is sadly predictable."
Dismas Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, the most junior associate at his law firm, gets her own first case, and it's a doozy. Read full book review >
JACK OF SPADES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"With its homages to Poe, from 'The Black Cat' to 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' and the horror masters Jack of Spades so admires, this latest unsettling and chilling thriller from Oates does not disappoint."
A mystery writer slowly becomes subsumed by his dark alter ego in Oates' tale of literary madness. Read full book review >
IMMUNITY by Taylor Antrim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"If Bret Easton Ellis wrote a biothriller."
A nasty post-pandemic New York, with plenty of Patrón tequila and cocaine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >