Thrillers Book Reviews

IRON WOLF by Dale Brown
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"While linked to Brown's previous novel, this fast-paced read has enough explanation to allay confusion as high-tension, all-out action-adventure flames across Eastern Europe."
As a diabolical false-flag scheme fractures the uneasy Ukrainian peace, Brown (Starfire, 2014, etc.) out-Clancys Tom in his latest action thriller.Read full book review >
CLEAR BY FIRE by Joshua Hood
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Hood has the foundation for an action-adventure series, with a shoot-first hero in the style of Child's Jack Reacher, Hunter's Bob Lee Swagger, or DeMille's John Corey."
In Hood's debut action adventure, it's tough to cheer for a hard-case hero who tortures with gasoline and a Zippo, but then special-ops warrior Mason Kane had good reason. Read full book review >

ZER0ES by Chuck  Wendig
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An action-packed yet cerebral thriller that lives in that murky nexus between today and the future."
A group of co-opted hackers discovers a secret government experiment gone terribly wrong. Read full book review >
COLLECTOR OF SECRETS by Richard Goodfellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An enjoyable first novel that never bogs down as it races to a satisfying finish. Bring on the next installment of Max Travers adventures, please."
A fast-moving and well-researched debut thriller filled with intrigue, conspiracies, and Japanese culture. Read full book review >
BLACK-EYED SUSANS by Julia Heaberlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Heaberlin takes what could have been the ingredients for just another episode of CSI and turns them into a truly compelling tale of the fragility of memory and elusive redemption."
As the only survivor of a serial killer, Tessa Cartwright has spent the last 20 years trying to forget her past, but when the killer's execution date looms, she begins questioning everything she once believed. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >