Thrillers Book Reviews

WAKING LIONS by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Gundar-Goshen's U.S. debut seems poised to catch fire, with the multiple narrative perspectives and dizzying reversals that connoisseurs of this genre adore."
In this intense moral thriller, an Israeli doctor conceals a fatal hit-and-run, is blackmailed by his victim's widow into operating an underground clinic for refugees, and sees everything he ever believed about himself crumble to bits. Read full book review >
SAY NOTHING by Brad Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you'll be shaking with gratitude that it's finally over."
A Virginia judge's 6-year-old twins are kidnapped by someone who wants to influence an important ruling he's soon to make—and doesn't mind putting him through the emotional wringer in the process. Read full book review >

WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M.L.  Rio
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Part bildungsroman, part history lesson, part political exposé, Christie's enthralling novel defies expectations while striking all the chords that make spy fiction so enjoyable."
Alexsi, the protagonist of Christie's latest novel, is a wily 16-year-old hustler and thief in 1930s Russia. After he is arrested, turned into a spy, and forced to become a Soviet double agent in Nazi Germany, his gift for self-preservation is tested to the max. Read full book review >

PROVING GROUND by Peter Blauner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A top-notch crime novel that avoids easy resolutions and is all the better for its unanswered questions."
The murder of a liberal lawyer in Brooklyn puts his Iraq War veteran son and two detectives on a collision course in this complex, character-rich tale. Read full book review >
ROCKS BEAT PAPER by Mike Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Knowles builds for impact and speed. Even the ruthless hero's matter-of-fact reflections on his felonious craft ('The games we play are never fair and they never end clean. They just end') achieve a truly baleful economy."
The fifth recorded caper for the thief who, imitating Richard Stark's Parker, is known only as Wilson dangles a fortune in jewels in front of him and an ill-fated crew. Read full book review >
THE LONG DROP by Denise Mina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A terrific exploration of crime and oppression."
Hard men work their will in 1950s Glasgow. Read full book review >
DO NOT BECOME ALARMED by Maile Meloy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Do not start this book after dinner or you will almost certainly be up all night."
Three families on a cruise are separated from their children during a shore excursion in Central America. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >