Thrillers Book Reviews

CASINO QADDAFI by Graham Tempest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"Like 007 with a CPA card—who knew accounting could be so wild?"
Taking place largely in Libya in 2011—just weeks after the assassination of Moammar Gadhafi—Tempest's (Casino Excelsior, 2012, etc.) third financial mystery/thriller featuring forensic accountant Oliver Steele revolves around his mission to locate an illegitimate son of the slain leader. Read full book review >
THE FALL by John Lescroart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"'You're never going to believe what just happened,' as The Beck's roommate tells her at one point, could be a motto, for better or worse, for the whole wild tale. The final twist, however, is sadly predictable."
Dismas Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, the most junior associate at his law firm, gets her own first case, and it's a doozy. Read full book review >

JACK OF SPADES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"With its homages to Poe, from 'The Black Cat' to 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' and the horror masters Jack of Spades so admires, this latest unsettling and chilling thriller from Oates does not disappoint."
A mystery writer slowly becomes subsumed by his dark alter ego in Oates' tale of literary madness. Read full book review >
COME TO HARM by Catriona McPherson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"The latest from this master of psychological thrillers (The Day She Died, 2014, etc.) is more cerebral than physical. But every page will draw you in and deepen your dread."
A Japanese graduate student convinces herself that a small Scottish town is filled with dark secrets. Read full book review >
DISCLAIMER by Renée Knight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"An addictive psychological thriller."
When a mysterious novel appears on her bedside table, a successful documentary filmmaker finds herself face to face with a secret that threatens to unravel life as she knows it. Read full book review >

PINNACLE EVENT by Richard A. Clarke
THRILLERS
Released: May 19, 2015

"Thriller lovers no longer need the USSR and the Cold War for a scary-good story—just lose track of a few A-bombs for an exciting and all-too-plausible novel."
A fast-moving international thriller by the counterterrorism expert and author of Sting of the Drone (2014).Read full book review >
MEASURELESS NIGHT by Chris Culver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2015

"A riveting page-turner whose author is a worthy heir to the late Robert B. Parker."
In Culver's (Nine Years Gone, 2014, etc.) latest police thriller, a woman is killing the people who sent her husband to death row, and police detective Ash Rashid must stop her. Read full book review >
CHARLIE, PRESUMED DEAD by Anne  Heltzel
THRILLERS
Released: June 2, 2015

"An edgy thriller that keeps the guesses coming until the last word. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
When Charlie inexplicably takes his family's plane out for a joy ride and leaves behind only debris, everyone presumes he is dead—except for his girlfriends (yes, both of them). Read full book review >
THE FOLD by Peter Clines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the author's popular novel 14 (2012) will want to pay particular attention, as these shared universes share other horrors as well."
A schoolteacher with unusual gifts is recruited by the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects division to investigate a troubled project. Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Reading a King novel as engrossing as this is a little like backing in a car with parking assist: after a while, you just take your hands off the wheel and the pages practically turn themselves."
There are suggestions throughout this second installment of a planned trilogy that King's motley, appealing trio of detectives from Mr. Mercedes (2014) have some bad juju in their collective future that may make the case here look like a relative afternoon at the mall.Read full book review >
PALACE OF TREASON by Jason Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Although Matthews' technique of using food as a running theme (complete with recipes) doesn't always work, this is another must-read for fans of the spy genre."
A sexy Russian spy trained in the fine art of seduction and recruited as an American double agent helps set up a double-cross that could pit Russia against Iran in this blockbuster by former CIA operative Matthews. Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Joseph Finder
THRILLERS
Released: June 9, 2015

"Finder returns with another thriller that will have you shaking your head over the protagonist's actions but still turning the pages to find out what happens next."
A struggling writer finds $3.4 million in cash in a crawl space in his old house, leading him to discover the truth about his stroke-ridden father. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >