Thrillers Book Reviews (page 7)

MISSING PIECES by Heather Gudenkauf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Light on surprises and character development, this tepid thriller will have most astute readers correctly guessing the ending halfway through."
An accident forces a man to return to his small Iowa hometown and confront violent secrets from his past, ones he's kept hidden from his wife. Read full book review >
LORD OF THE SWALLOWS by Gérard de Villiers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Even Bond might blush."
Thriller in which lustful affairs send Soviet and American agents, spies, and counterspies plotting and panting in what nearly becomes a bedroom farce. Read full book review >

Exonerated by S.A. Dymond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Understated mystery concentrating on a morally ambiguous legal process—and riveting throughout."
In Dymond's debut thriller, New York cops fight to bring a murderer to justice when the victim is a fellow officer's sister. Read full book review >
THE POISON ARTIST by Jonathan  Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Absinthe, oysters, the painter John Singer Sargent, a classic car, and a string of disturbing deaths, possibly brought about by poison, make this dark tale memorable."
A mysterious woman, a breakup, and a man haunted by his bloody and dark past coalesce in Moore's moody thriller. Read full book review >
THE WINTER GIRL by Matt Marinovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The novel's second half devolves into a noisy, almost parodic noir, with too much coincidence, too many nested secrets, and too many people acting according to motives that seem cooked up in a laboratory where someone's trying to purify blackheartedness. But it all moves briskly, and the beginning is compelling enough to keep the reader turning pages."
The sophomore effort from Marinovich (Strange Skies, 2007) is a dark and ever darkening psychological thriller set in a bleak Hamptons winter.Read full book review >

RIVER ROAD by Carol Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A tired plot and the cliché of a heroine who does exactly what the police have asked her not to do make this a thin read."
A series of deaths on a snowy road plunges a college professor into the middle of a mystery. Read full book review >
A SONG FOR THE BROKENHEARTED by William Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"In this conclusion to a thoroughly gripping trilogy, Shaw draws incisive attention to little-known historical events and crafts a wholly satisfying thriller."
A cold case involving a former police officer's sister becomes linked to a current series of gruesome murders in 1969 London. Read full book review >
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"With his digital-age The Avenger, Hurwitz races by minor plot holes and spins a web of relentless intrigue with bursts of tensely sketched violence."
Kicking off a new series, Hurwitz (Don't Look Back, 2014, etc.) sets young Evan Smoak, a one-time government assassin, to work as a pro bono equalizer—one call brings a criminal to justice.Read full book review >
The Scorpion's Sting by Jack Ritchie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"A private eye/spy protagonist who, like this multi-genre tale, excels at both."
In this thriller, a private investigator and former Royal Marine tries to thwart a terrorist group that is planning a major strike in 1988 London. Read full book review >
Experiment One: Murder in the Lab by Anne Morin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2016

"This book's scientist protagonist is a good enough sleuth to handle a more engaging mystery."
In Morin's debut thriller, a neuroscientist starts a murder investigation after a grad student's bludgeoned body turns up in her research lab. Read full book review >
THE CROOKED HOUSE by Christobel Kent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Bleak, suspenseful writing keeps the momentum high despite a surfeit of characters and contrivances."
Thirteen years later, a young woman who survived the slaughter of her family returns to the scene of the crime. Read full book review >
SUPERNOTES by Agent Kasper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This translation from Italian is a fast, exciting read inspired by a real agent who risked his life combatting the problem of counterfeiting on an international scale."
A based-on-fact thriller about escaping from captivity in a Cambodian hellhole. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >