Thrillers Book Reviews

THE BRIDGE by Stuart Prebble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"While Prebble (The Insect Farm, 2015) flounders when writing believably youthful characters, he spins an entertaining tale full of enough twists to gloss over this shortcoming."
A young couple discovers their budding romance has disturbing links to a string of crimes committed by a serial killer. Read full book review >
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 >

INSIDE V by Paula Priamos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A lean, searing, and psychologically astute thriller with a surprising twist and an unforgettable heroine."
The bonds of love and trust are put to the test when a woman's husband goes missing on the eve of his incarceration, leading her to question everything she thought she knew about him. Read full book review >
ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A bonus is some strategic leavening via Scottoline's journalistic aphorisms, as when one of the students' mothers imagines a romance with the imposter hero: 'She knew that it was an inappropriate fantasy, but no fantasy worth having was appropriate.'"
The chronicler of Philadelphia law firm Rosato & DiNunzio (Damaged, 2016, etc.) heads out to the suburbs to insert a fraudulent teacher into the staff of Central Valley High School. 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 >

CHANGE AGENT by Daniel Suarez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A natural at making future shocks seem perfectly believable, Suarez (Influx, 2014, etc.) delivers his most entertaining high-tech thriller yet."
In the year 2045, Singapore-based Interpol agent Kenneth Durand's campaign against black-market gene editing is set back when he's injected with a synthetic "change agent" that transforms him into the spitting image of his evil nemesis. Read full book review >
ARARAT by Christopher Golden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A thriller with an intellectual bent, Golden's latest effort ruminates on the nature and existence of good and evil while providing the chills and tingles fans of this prolific author have come to expect."
Far up on Turkey's Mount Ararat, buried within it like a cave, explorers discover the remains of a ship they think may be Noah's Ark. After they open an odd sarcophaguslike container and mess around with the horned cadaver inside, evil happens. 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 >
NO EASY TARGET by Iris Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"The author's told this story many times before, but it never gets old to her many devotees."
Johansen dumps a host of bad guys on the trail of an animal psychic in her latest action-packed damsel-in-distress outing. Read full book review >
THE RED HUNTER by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"All twisty and turny and the things this genre should be, but the ending's entirely predictable."
Two women whose lives are connected by a deadly old house embark on a collision course in Unger's latest thriller. Read full book review >
I FOUND YOU by Lisa Jewell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Dark and moody, this is a mystery with substance."
Three lonely people meet when their lives are in upheaval and learn they are also connected by a haunting 20-year-old mystery. Read full book review >
The Inevitable Witness by Ed Rucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"This novel certainly doesn't skimp on twisty plot turns, but retains an understated, authentic approach to the law."
A Los Angeles lawyer defends a professional safecracker accused of murder in Rucker's debut legal thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >