Thrillers Book Reviews

ENDANGERED by Lamar Giles
THRILLERS
Released: April 21, 2015

"Suspenseful and often wise. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
A teen vigilante finds the tables turned when a mysterious correspondent uncovers her secret identity. Read full book review >
MEMORY MAN by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: April 21, 2015

"Although the crimes and their perpetrators are far-fetched, readers will want to see Decker back on the printed page again and again."
Perennial bestseller Baldacci unveils an offbeat hero with an unusual skill set and tragic past who takes on the evil mastermind behind a devastating school shooting. Read full book review >

THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolyn Womack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Dive into this sweeping, romantic journey that will leave you breathless and a little unsure of where in time you've landed."
Four scientists receive a grant to study memory in the hope of finding a cure for Alzheimer's and make the discovery of a lifetime—or lifetimes. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >