Thrillers Book Reviews

THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2015

"Coben can always be relied on to generate thrills from the simplest premises, but his finest tales maintain a core of logic throughout the twists. This 100-proof nightmare ranks among his most potent."
Another one of Coben's got-it-all New Jersey dads finds out that his wonderful wife has been hiding a whopper of a secret from him—a secret whose trail leads to even more monstrous revelations. Read full book review >
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"It's an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs."
Two American spies—one retired, one active—dance around what really happened five years earlier during a mission gone horribly wrong. Read full book review >

THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A brilliant work."
Caldwell (The Rule of Four, 2004) makes intriguing literature from complex theology, weaving in a text lost to history, the Shroud of Turin and Vatican duplicity. Read full book review >
THE KILLING SEASON by Mason Cross
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Cross provides a gratifyingly high body count, ruthlessly efficient action sequences and all the other thrills you'd expect of the superior popcorn movie you can expect his first novel to spawn, right down to a nifty extra twist in the tail."
A freelance soldier of fortune signs on with the FBI to catch an escaped convict, a Marine-trained sniper who's picked up where he left off five years ago, in Cross' slam-bang debut. Read full book review >
TWELVE DAYS by Alex Berenson
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"This one is well-worth the thriller enthusiast's time, which holds true for all the novels Berenson has written to date."
John Wells returns in another exciting and entirely plausible verge-of-war thriller. Read full book review >

THE MARAUDERS by Tom Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Somewhere, Donald E. Westlake, John D. MacDonald and Elmore Leonard are smiling down on this nasty, funny piece of work."
Rumors of lost pirate treasure in the Gulf of Mexico drive hard men mad in the sweaty, desperate days after the BP oil spill. Read full book review >
THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
THE JAGUAR'S CHILDREN by John Vaillant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An eloquent literary dissection of the divide between the United States and Mexico."
Vaillant's debut fiction follows Hector Lazaro from Mexico's Sierra Juárez to Oaxaca's el Centro to an old tanker truck poised to sneak into El Norte, the promised land.Read full book review >
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"With so many thrillers cheaply exploiting violence against girls and women, de Mariaffi's (How to Get Along With Women, 2012) treatment of the topic, through Evie's vulnerable yet empowered voice, is refreshingly reverent."
In Canadian writer de Mariaffi's debut mystery, a 1982 abduction and murder teaches girls growing up in Toronto how to be afraid. Read full book review >
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession's inescapable links to violence."
Desperate to find lives more fulfilling than her own, a lonely London commuter imagines the story of a couple she's only glimpsed through the train window in Hawkins' chilling, assured debut, in which the line between truth and lie constantly shifts like the rocking of a train. 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 >
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 >