Thrillers Book Reviews (page 7)

DESCENT by Tim Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Neither Grant nor Sean—Angela barely registers for the reader—makes for a compelling lead character, both laconic to the point of annoyance, and while Caitlin's ordeal is chilling, it's not enough to buoy this overwritten yet occasionally poignant tale."
Johnston tracks the dissolution of a family following the disappearance of the teenage daughter during a Colorado vacation. Read full book review >
TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An intriguing, textured mystery that perfectly layers humor, suspense and romance."
When Grace Elland finds her murdered boss's body, she comes to the attention of the police, a sexy new neighbor and an apparent stalker who seems linked to both this crime and a violent event from Grace's past. Read full book review >

DOING THE DEVIL'S WORK by Bill Loehfelm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This series just keeps getting better."
In the latest volume of Loehfelm's Maureen Coughlin series, the ambitious protagonist, now a rookie cop, tangles with some scary homegrown militia types called the Sovereign Citizens. Read full book review >
Calm Seas Stormy Ship by Joseph Isaiah
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A sometimes-clinical narrative relays a smart, unquestionably regaling tale."
The crew of a Malaysian crude oil tanker bound for India is held hostage by armed men demanding a hefty ransom in Isaiah's debut thriller. Read full book review >
GRANT OF IMMUNITY by Garret Holms
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Fans of legal thrillers will be appeased, but the energetic, brisk story makes a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone."
In Holms' debut legal thriller, a crooked cop manipulates the justice system to wreak havoc on the lives of a judge, a fellow officer, and a young woman. Read full book review >

THE ASSASSINATION OPTION by W.E.B. Griffin
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Another Griffin adventure to bring out the Walter Mitty in every red-white-and-blue-blooded American male."
In their second Clandestine Operations spy thriller, Griffin and his son and co-author, Butterworth (Top Secret, 2014, etc.), delve into the down-and-dirty work necessary to turn the OSS into the CIA.Read full book review >
NO FORTUNATE SON by Brad Taylor
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"A surefire page-turner that is nearly impossible to put down."
An elite counterterrorist operator races to save his commander's kidnapped niece. Read full book review >
DIE AGAIN by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Mystery lovers not familiar with the author's work should brace themselves, because they might trip over a bucket of entrails. But they will also find a terrific storyteller."
A not-for-the-squeamish murder mystery set in both Boston and Botswana. Read full book review >
RAIN ON THE DEAD by Jack Higgins
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"A good read for those who want bullets without the complexity or distraction of a tight narrative."
An elite British paramilitary unit squares off with a mysterious new al-Qaida master. Read full book review >
Diamonds For Death by Gregory C. Randall
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 26, 2014

"A quick, descriptive baseball-themed thriller that gets a few strikes for reducing its main character to supporting status."
In Randall's (12th Man for Death, 2012 etc.) latest thriller, a private eye's attempt to bring a Cuban baseball player's family to the United States mushrooms into an adventure involving diamond smuggling and gunrunning. Read full book review >
God Never Laughed by Dev Bhattacharyya
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 25, 2014

"A novel with a unique structure that falls victim to stunted prose, thin characters, and a barely justified climax."
A metaphysical thriller that follows a mysterious set of terra-cotta tablets through a violent history. Read full book review >
Perfect by Douglas Wickard
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"A leisurely paced but ultimately rewarding, riveting thriller."
A sea voyage from the U.S. to Italy churns up whirlwind romance and a strong possibility of murder in Wickard's (A Perfect Setup, 2013, etc.) latest thriller. 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 >