Thrillers Book Reviews

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 >
THE SILENT CORNER by Dean Koontz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Perhaps Koontz's leanest, meanest thriller, this initial entry in a new series introduces a smart, appealing heroine who can outthink as well as outshoot the baddest of bad dudes."
After discovering that an odd surge in suicides, including that of her decorated Marine husband, was triggered by nanotech brain implants, FBI agent Jane Hawk goes rogue to root out the evil conspiracy behind the deaths. Read full book review >
DEFECTORS by Joseph Kanon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A blend of Spy vs. Spy and sibling vs. sibling (not since le Carré's A Perfect Spy has there been a family of spooks to rival this one), Kanon reaffirms his status as one of the very best writers in the genre."
In 1949, CIA agent Frank Weeks was exposed as a Communist spy and defected to the Soviet Union. A dozen years later, his brother, Simon, a publisher, gets into deep trouble when he travels to Moscow to work on Frank's memoir. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >