Thrillers Book Reviews

TRUST NO ONE by Paul Cleave
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A vivid, jangled exploration of mental illness, dark imagination, and the nowhere territory in between ."
The horror of early-onset Alzheimer's deepens even further for a man who isn't sure whether he's a killer. Read full book review >
THE ETERNAL WORLD by Christopher Farnsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Michael Crichton's gone, but Farnsworth entertainingly explores the border where science fantasy meets reality."
Moving away from his President's Vampire series, Farnsworth (Red, White, and Blood, 2012, etc.) offers a fantastical witch's brew of Spanish conquistadors, biotechnology, and hubris.Read full book review >

THE BLUE by Lucy Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Overall, it's quite a voyage."
Two women set sail on a yacht with a group of strangers hoping for a carefree, exotic adventure, but their journey takes an unsettling turn. Read full book review >
BLACK CHALK by Christopher J. Yates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"You can't help but admire how Yates slowly unravels his players' safety nets—their minds—one roll of the dice at a time."
In Yates' debut, six college friends learn the hard way that games are never just games once they're made personal. Read full book review >
DRAGONFISH by Vu Tran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Right off the bat, Tran displays the most admirable and worthwhile gift a serious thriller writer can have: compassion toward even the most disreputable of his characters."
A missing person mystery is delicately entwined with a heartbreaking story of migration and loss. Read full book review >

PRETTY BABY by Mary Kubica
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"This book will give insomniacs a compelling reason to sit up all night."
Things go dangerously wrong when a middle-class wife and mother impulsively opens her home to a homeless teen and her tiny baby in Kubica's sophomore novel. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SON by Alexander Söderberg
THRILLERS
Released: July 25, 2015

"A thriller with plenty of vectors but a better sense of direction than its predecessor."
A clearer picture of a fuzzy moral universe emerges in the middle of this thriller trilogy shot through with bad cops, good gangsters, and Scandinavian chill. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S BAG MAN by Adam Mansbach
THRILLERS
Released: July 21, 2015

"Books like Colson Whitehead's Zone One and Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven can keep their erudite social allegories—we'll be over here gobbling popcorn and waiting to see if Mansbach can keep this up."
Just the blood-soaked, demon-ravaged, terrifying sequel to The Dead Run (2013).Read full book review >
BOMBS AWAY by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2015

"Definitely worth a try for Turtledove fans and armchair warriors in general."
Alternate-world warrior extraordinaire Turtledove (Last Orders, 2014, etc.) delivers the opening barrage of a new speculative conflict: What if President Harry Truman had ordered nuclear weapons to be used in the Korean War?Read full book review >
THE SHAPESHIFTERS by Stefan Spjut
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A disturbingly dark and strangely realistic novel of suspense and myth that will appeal to enthusiasts of both mysteries and more fantastical fiction."
In his first novel to be available in English, Spjut offers readers a substantial, menacing thriller that combines familiar elements of Scandinavian crime fiction with Swedish mythology. Read full book review >
SPY GAMES by Adam Brookes
THRILLERS
Released: July 7, 2015

"Brookes' second novel is a multipronged spy thriller that fires on all cylinders. A smarter or more exciting mystery likely won't be released this year."
Having survived a disastrous turn of events in China in Brookes' sensational debut, Night Heron (2014), British journalist-cum-spy Philip Mangan is dragged back into perilous waters by a mysterious Chinese official who wants to trade state secrets.Read full book review >
RAMPAGE by Alan Brenham
THRILLERS
Released: July 4, 2015

"Precise and unequivocally gripping; an edge-of-your-seat ride from beginning to end."
In Brenham's (Cornered, 2014, etc.) latest thriller, cops in Austin, Texas, face off against a former convict on a vengeance-driven, murderous crime spree. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >