Thrillers Book Reviews

ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL by Sarah Vaughan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Former political correspondent Vaughan makes an impressive debut with this savvy, propulsive courtroom drama."
A handsome British politician—also the prime minister's oldest, closest friend—finds himself on trial for rape. Read full book review >
AN INITIAL COUNTDOWN by Kevin E. Hatt
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"The recurring detective and his delightful band of cronies lead a sharp, absorbing mystery."
An amateur English sleuth ties a couple of baffling deaths to a religious commune in this ninth outing of a thriller series. Read full book review >

ROLL THE DICE by Wayne Avrashow
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"This novel's protagonist may not be the most relatable, but his story offers an informative take on modern political madness."
A roaring political novel about an unlikely U.S. Senate candidate in Nevada. Read full book review >
CATALYST by Rachel Grant
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Distinctive and satisfying romantic suspense."
When an American aid worker disappears in South Sudan, an unlikely ally comes to her rescue in this sequel. Read full book review >
DEATH VOTES LAST by Marc Rainer
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"A rousing, standout series entry."
In Rainer's (A Winter of Wolves, 2016, etc.) fifth thriller featuring federal prosecutor Jeff Trask, a U.S. senator's suspicious death may very well be a political assassination. Read full book review >

THE GIRL WHO LIVED by Christopher Greyson
Released: Nov. 4, 2017

"Sharp characters enmeshed in a mystery that, particularly in its final lap, is a gleefully dizzy ride."
The sole survivor of a killer's attack searches for the murderer she believes she can identify in Greyson's (Jack of Hearts, 2017, etc.) psychological thriller. Read full book review >
THE SWORD IS WHET by William Crow Johnson
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"An intelligent mystery with quirky characters, ironic humor, and brisk action."
The murder of a local forest ranger sends a small-town Indiana lawman through a labyrinth of contradictory clues and dangerous situations in this thriller. Read full book review >
HIDDEN SEA by Miles Arceneaux
Released: Oct. 20, 2017

"Proficiently develops characters, relationships, and storylines in the midst of nonstop action."
The fifth entry in Arceneaux's (North Beach, 2015, etc.) thriller series finds the Sweetwater family searching for one of their own—19-year-old Augie, who inexplicably vanished in Mexico. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT by Hubert Crouch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"A thoughtful and highly readable legal thriller."
A famous Texas trial lawyer becomes a plaintiff in this third installment of a series. Read full book review >
WHAT WE KILL by Howard  Odentz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"A simmering psychological thriller bolstered by a dynamic narrative voice and a few unexpected twists."
A group of close friends find themselves embroiled in a sinister plot in novelist and playwright Odentz's (Wicked Dead, 2016, etc.) latest YA novel. Read full book review >
THE AU PAIR by Anna Dowdall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"A well-crafted Gothic suspense story with an engaging heroine."
An aspiring private investigator uncovers a mystery when she takes a job as an au pair. Read full book review >
ECHO AFTER ECHO by Amy Rose Capetta
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A twisted tale of theater, conspiracy, and romance that, like its protagonist, sometimes struggles with a minor identity crisis. (Romantic thriller. 14-adult)"
What do you do when all your dreams come true? What happens if those dreams have a nightmarish edge? Capetta explores the consequences of soured dreams in her latest. 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 >