Thrillers Book Reviews (page 9)

GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Mary Torjussen
Released: April 11, 2017

"The reveal, when it finally comes, is less revelatory than cheap, an attempt to breathe dramatic life into a story that sorely lacks it."
When her boyfriend disappears, his belongings in tow, a Liverpool woman pulls out all the stops to find him, dismantling her own life in the process. Read full book review >
Released: April 11, 2017

"This novel about obsession at the conservatory will thoroughly obsess you."
For a clique of aspiring Shakespearean actors at an elite arts academy, the line between performance and reality dissolves, with disastrous results. Read full book review >

WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of humankind. In a word: unputdownable."
A brazen fusion of science fiction and apocalyptic thriller, the second installment in Neuvel's Themis Files (Sleeping Giants, 2016) is powered by nonstop action and adventure involving alien invaders and an army of seemingly indestructible giant robots—but ultimately it's also a deeply character-driven exploration of what it means to be human. Read full book review >
RAGDOLL by Daniel Cole
Released: April 4, 2017

"Unnecessary blood and guts can only go so far to obscure the fact that this is a well-trod plot lacking in any real twists or substantive character development."
A serial killer with a gruesome M.O. taunts an already damaged London detective. Read full book review >
THE LOST ORDER by Steve Berry
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers looking to sample the historical-conspiracies genre should begin with one of Berry's earlier efforts."
Berry's (The 14th Colony, 2016, etc.) latest brews another thriller from the formula that's put him on the bestseller lists: modern bad guys discover a historic conspiracy that can make them rich and/or give them power to overturn the American republic. Read full book review >

BUYING BRAZIL by Arthur J. Rawl
Released: April 3, 2017

"A high-finance novel that bogs down in deals, meals, and spinning its wheels."
In this Brazil-set financial thriller, a British merchant banker tries to broker a delicate telecom deal. Read full book review >
Murder by Munchausen by M.T. Bass
Released: April 2, 2017

"A fast-paced, entertaining, but incomplete sci-fi tale that could use a sequel to tie up several loose ends."
A dark, futuristic thriller features a disgraced police detective who hunts not just a brutal criminal, but also the androids the culprit uses to kill humans. Read full book review >
MIGUEL'S GIFT by Bruce Kading
Released: April 1, 2017

"A long and winding road."
An Immigration and Naturalization Services agent uncovers what was really behind the arrest of an illegal immigrant that went awry. Read full book review >
Released: March 28, 2017

"Too many red herrings and not enough good red meat."
Who is poisoning the politicians of London's Reform Club? Surely not its celebrity chef, Alexis Soyer, whose spotless kitchen is a miracle of Victorian modernity—those faucets with instant hot water! Those gas ranges with adjustable flames! It sounds like another case for famed investigative duo Avery and Blake. Read full book review >
THE BRIDGE by Stuart Prebble
Released: March 28, 2017

"While Prebble (The Insect Farm, 2015) flounders when writing believably youthful characters, he spins an entertaining tale full of enough twists to gloss over this shortcoming."
A young couple discovers their budding romance has disturbing links to a string of crimes committed by a serial killer. Read full book review >
THE BLACK BOOK by James Patterson
Released: March 27, 2017

"Most readers will be ahead of the twin investigators in identifying the guilty party. But the mystery is authentic, the lead-up genuinely suspenseful, and the leading characters and situations more memorable than Patterson's managed in quite a while. Co-author Ellis is definitely a keeper."
Peerless networker Patterson (Woman of God, 2016, etc.), who's become as ubiquitous as Betty Crocker, latches on to a co-author who ups his game in several welcome ways. Read full book review >
FIND ME by J.S. Monroe
Released: March 21, 2017

"Fast-paced, satisfying, and, ultimately, life-affirming."
Monroe's debut thriller is a paranoiac's dream with plenty of twists. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >