Thrillers Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
DEEP BLUE SALOON by Thomas Courtney Click
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A high-stakes Caribbean thriller, fueled by sex, drugs, and deep-sea dives."
Raised by the Texas Mafia and addicted to the nitrogen high of deep-sea diving, a hired gun struggles to escape his past and start anew. Read full book review >
CASINO QADDAFI by Graham Tempest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"Like 007 with a CPA card—who knew accounting could be so wild?"
Taking place largely in Libya in 2011—just weeks after the assassination of Moammar Gadhafi—Tempest's (Casino Excelsior, 2012, etc.) third financial mystery/thriller featuring forensic accountant Oliver Steele revolves around his mission to locate an illegitimate son of the slain leader. Read full book review >
FLASH by Donna Ball
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 2015

"One of this mystery's investigators may be fluffy, but this thoroughly entertaining novel certainly isn't."
A recent murder stirs up a cop's memories of being shot in the line of duty in Ball's (A Wedding on Ladybug Farm, 2014, etc.) latest thriller. Read full book review >
Baghdad Blues by Laszlo Hajdu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"A gripping narrative that explores the consequences of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the camaraderie and perseverance of America's veterans."
In Hajdu's (The Spirit of Palm Springs, 2005, etc.) latest novel, the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq is told by the men and women of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Divi­sion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >