Thrillers Book Reviews (page 9)

NIGHT ROAD by Brendan DuBois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"A bonus: just when you think you know exactly how this mishmash will turn out, DuBois throws in a pleasing final surprise that will make you forgive the soft-boiled ending."
A truck laden with suspicious and perhaps dangerous cargo is crossing from Canada to the U.S., and everyone on either side of the border wants a piece of the action. Read full book review >
The Pit by L.A. Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2016

"An intoxicating variant of the afterlife through the eyes of auspicious characters."
Hell is split into two factions, with one side searching for redemption while both recruit the Newly Dead for an inevitable war in this debut supernatural thriller. Read full book review >

THE CELLAR by Minette Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Sly pacing and a detached narrative voice give this horror story exceptional punch."
This short work reads like a recipe for evil and may well induce a nightmare or two. Read full book review >
THE GOD'S EYE VIEW by Barry Eisler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An engaging tale about a serious issue. Read it and squirm."
A timely thriller that will make readers wonder how much the government really knows about them. Read full book review >
KEEP CALM by Mike Binder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"It's one thing for thrills to come cheap, but they needn't be so unimaginative or so lacking in finesse."
An American ex-cop is suckered into a plot to overthrow the British prime minister in this debut thriller by the director/writer. Read full book review >

SAVING JASON by Michael Sears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"You don't need a background in economics to get drawn into this thriller, but it probably helps."
Sophisticated sleuth Jason Stafford gets drawn into a mysterious corporate takeover plot in Sears' (Long Way Down, 2015, etc.) latest high-finance thriller.Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >