Thrillers Book Reviews

THE WOLF OF SARAJEVO by Matthew Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Well-written, exciting, and fast-paced fiction by a diplomat with deep knowledge of the Balkans."
A suspenseful Balkans thriller by the author of The American Mission (2014).Read full book review >
A GAME FOR ALL THE FAMILY by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Even after the last clouds have dispersed, you won't soon forget this nightmare within a nightmare."
A London TV producer who's retired to Devon to get away from it all is terrorized by a series of anonymous phone calls that mercilessly reveal every fault line in the lives of two families, one of them her own. Read full book review >

THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A satisfying tale overall, just right for the beach. Be sure to wear sunscreen."
Pleasing mayhem from horror/thrillermeister Hill (NOS4A2, 2013, etc.), the chip-off-the-old-block son of Stephen King.Read full book review >
BLOOD FLAG by Steve Martini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Martini holds serve with his 14th Paul Madriani thriller, in which Hitler's evil legacy continues to haunt survivors of World War II."
After World War II veteran Robert Brauer dies under mysterious circumstances, San Diego attorney Paul Madriani—hired to defend Brauer's daughter on charges of assisting a suicide—discovers the old man was not the only member of his former Army unit to meet with a suspicious end. Read full book review >
THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"With a terrific new hero built for the long run, Hamilton stands to gain new followers—especially if Hollywood's plans to adapt the book come to fruition."
When hard-nosed Chicagoan Nick Mason is sprung from an Indiana prison after serving only five years of a 25-year-to-life sentence, he's hardly done paying for a killing he did not commit. Read full book review >

BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Science fiction as action adventure, the sort of book primed for screen treatment if a producer can find a sufficient F/X budget."
Effective Engineering Solutions' chief honcho, Eli Glinn, is out of his wheelchair, walking and ready for revenge after his agent Gideon Crew discovered a "restorative, health-giving lotus" on his last adventure (The Lost Island, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
SHADOW WAR by Sean McFate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A promising debut from an author who clearly knows the realities of the mercenary's trade."
A veteran paratrooper and military contractor's debut novel about an American mercenary on a covert operation in Ukraine. Read full book review >
BEIJING RED by Alex Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A terrific tale for fans of the genre."
A fast-moving, tense biothriller set in China. Read full book review >
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Enough characters, confrontations, secrets, and subplots to fill the stage of an opera house—and leave spectators from the orchestra to the balcony moved and misty-eyed."
After an absence of five years, Hart finds more to mine in the fertile land of the Southern gothic. Read full book review >
I LET YOU GO by Clare Mackintosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Mackintosh has written the kind of book that sticks in the reader's mind well after the final sentence."
When a 5-year-old boy is killed in a hit-and-run accident, the police find themselves with a sensational case and one woman discovers an emptiness that she may never fill in Mackintosh's engrossing debut. Read full book review >
THE PURSUIT OF PEARLS by Jane Thynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Darkly brooding horror hangs over Germany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and told from a most unusual perspective."
A movie star faces the nightmare of living in Nazi Germany in this second volume of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >
KEEP YOU CLOSE by Lucie Whitehouse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A first-rate psychological thriller about the decisions we make that forever define us."
A woman retraces an estranged friend's last days following her seemingly accidental death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >