Thrillers Book Reviews

A HERO OF FRANCE by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"This daydream of life under the Occupation is something rare: a suspense novel that offers the pleasures of relaxation."
A Resistance leader in Nazi-occupied France attempts to keep his lines of escape open in this lyrical spy novel. Read full book review >
Daddy Dearest by Paul Southern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"An enthralling tale, but the genuine mystery involves the protagonist, a spellbinding enigma from beginning to end."
A divorcé's 5-year-old daughter vanishes during a weekend visit, turning his apartment neighbors into suspects in Southern's (Killing Sound, 2014, etc.) thriller. Read full book review >

INK AND BONE by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Unger's beloved characters (Crazy Love You, 2015, etc.) continue a deftly balanced story that's supernatural without a creepy aftertaste."
A girl with the gift of seeing the spirit world tries to harness her ability while working with a private detective who isn't a believer. Read full book review >
THE SECOND GIRL by David Swinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"An auspicious, and gleefully amoral, series debut."
Old habits die hard, and sometimes cause collateral damage, in this character-driven crime story. Read full book review >
SECURITY by Gina Wohlsdorf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"This horror story with a humorous edge casts video surveillance as both hero and villain and raises plentiful goose bumps as a result."
A camera's-eye view shows more than we may be prepared to see in this innovative thriller. Read full book review >

THE CORNERS OF THE GLOBE by Robert Goddard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"A sophisticated spy story with serious historical chops that might serve as an interesting companion to Adam Tooze's WWI history, The Deluge (2014)."
The second entry in a spy trilogy set at the end of World War I. Read full book review >
HELL'S GATE by Bill Schutt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Fast-moving fun for thriller readers who enjoy a bit of horror and seeing bad guys get what's coming to them."
A World War II thriller with plenty of action and suspense in a most unusual setting. Read full book review >
STILETTO by Daniel O'Malley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A craftily imaginative mashup of spies and the supernatural, but it's a tad too long for all but the most ardent fans."
The Brotherhood of the Checquy, England's "secret government organization that employed the supernatural to protect the populace from the supernatural," believes it's time to form an alliance with the Wetenschappeljik Broederschap van Natuurkundigen, known as the Grafters.Read full book review >
THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A smart, rewarding psychological thriller, with an emphasis on both of those genre terms."
"How sick can a person get?" So, rightly, wonders a character toward the end of Sweden's newest entry in the race to claim Stieg Larsson's throne. Read full book review >
I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Reid's tightly crafted tale toys with the nature of identity and comes by its terror honestly, building a wall of intricately layered psychological torment so impenetrable it's impossible to escape."
A road trip in a snowstorm takes a sinister turn for a man and his girlfriend, the novel's unnamed narrator. Read full book review >
TOM CLANCY DUTY AND HONOR  by Grant Blackwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Action-adventure addicts will get their fixes."
If you're Jack Ryan Jr., the U.S. president's son, you shouldn't waive Secret Service protection, especially if your job at Hendley Associates, a private CIA clone known as "The Campus," makes for double threat exposure. Read full book review >
BRIGHTON by Michael Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Sharp as the blades used to gut the guilty and innocent alike, Harvey's fierce stand-alone is a blood-soaked tribute to finding your past and living with the consequences."
A reporter returns to the violent Boston suburb of his youth when a series of murders appears linked to his past. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >