Thrillers Book Reviews

THE KILLING KIND by Chris Holm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Who will best whom is by no means obvious in this fast-moving, witty tale of good guy versus bad guy versus worse guy."
A fast-moving thriller with a clever premise. Read full book review >
MINUTE ZERO by Todd Moss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A brilliantly orchestrated realpolitik thriller, Moss' second effort is as instructive as it is exciting."
State Department crisis expert Judd Ryker is dispatched to Zimbabwe to help manage a potentially explosive election pitting the nation's corrupt six-term president against an outspoken female challenger. Read full book review >

THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Aficionados may fault Black for allowing the police at least one major oversight, but most readers will likely be too engrossed or happily grossed out to do anything but whip through the pages."
Ending the rampage of two sadistic serial killers may depend on a substance-abusing homicide detective facing an old lover and an unknown nemesis in this raw and utterly readable thriller. Read full book review >
PRETTY GIRLS by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Slaughter (Cop Town, 2014, etc.) is so uncompromising in following her blood trails to the darkest places imaginable that she makes most of her high-wire competition look pallid, formulaic, or just plain fake."
Twenty-four years after a traumatic disappearance tore a Georgia family apart, Slaughter's scorching stand-alone picks them up and shreds them all over again. Read full book review >
A SONG OF SHADOWS by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Connolly infuses his thrillers with enough of the supernatural to please fans of both genres, but it's his sense of humor, timeless characters, and impeccable writing that make his work worth reading."
Nazis, neighbors, and a nasty hit man coalesce around Connolly's iconic character, Charlie Parker, who's recovering from a near-fatal hit. Read full book review >

PLAYING WITH FIRE by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Clear your schedule for this one—you won't want to put it down until you're finished."
A suspenseful thriller about mysterious music and a violinist's fear of her child. Read full book review >
THE WHISPERING CITY by Sara Moliner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"If this first mystery is, as many are, the introduction of a detective for a new series, then this young reporter may prove to be a character readers are eager to follow."
The 1952 murder of a famous socialite in Franco's Spain brings an aspiring young newspaperwoman up against the oppressive regime. Read full book review >
A DIFFERENT LIE by Derek Haas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"An unflinching little gem of a story: violent, dark, and unrelentingly entertaining."
Two dangerous assassins tangle with deadly results in the latest book by screenwriter, novelist, and producer Haas. Read full book review >
AMERICAN BLOOD by Ben Sanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Great dialogue and a hero who won't stay hidden make this a winner for crime fans."
A fast-moving thriller that leaves a trail of blood and grit across the pages. Read full book review >
IVORY by Tony Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A compelling tale filled with tension, blood, and a disturbing moral question: will humans stop killing Africa's large animals before they become extinct?"
A fast-moving thriller set in South Africa and the Indian Ocean. Read full book review >
TIPPING POINT by David Poyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"First-class storytelling by a master of the genre."
A hair-raising yarn of the sea and a U.S. Navy cruiser on the cusp of war. Read full book review >
THE CELLAR by Minette Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Sly pacing and a detached narrative voice give this horror story exceptional punch."
This short work reads like a recipe for evil and may well induce a nightmare or two. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >