Thrillers Book Reviews

Reading the Streets by Michael Riley
Released: July 2, 2015

"A tense mystery that's concerned more with why than how."
In Riley's debut thriller, a West London detective inspector working a murder case gradually uncovers possible corruption among the authorities. Read full book review >
THE CROSSING by Michael Connelly
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Solid, unspectacular, utterly engrossing work from the reigning master of the police procedural."
Harry Bosch goes to work for the Lincoln lawyer. Read full book review >

Hunting Evil by Walt Branam
Released: July 17, 2015

"An entertaining tale bolstered by outstanding characters, both recurring and new."
Retired Army Ranger Tom Wolfe and wife Terry return to take down evil billionaire Vernon Crassman in Branam's (Alaska Gold, 2014) action-thriller.Read full book review >
The First Days of August by Alan Froning
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"A confident story that keeps its plot and protagonist moving—and its readers reading."
In Froning's debut medical thriller, a neurosurgical resident joins a drug research team that stumbles on a murderous conspiracy. Read full book review >
Expendable by Peter S. Fischer

"Persuasive romance perfectly suited to an authentic WWII backdrop."
In Fischer's (Pray for Us Sinners, 2013, etc.) historical thriller, a schoolteacher widowed in World War II becomes a liaison for a French patriot who, unbeknownst to her, is a Nazi spy.Read full book review >

DEPRAVED HEART by Patricia Cornwell
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A trademark Cornwell mystery: terse and tangled, messy and body fluid-y, and altogether satisfying."
Another gritty, world-weary tale of mayhem by masterful mysterian Cornwell (Flesh and Blood, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Pleomorph by John Paul Mann
Released: Oct. 19, 2014

"Convoluted at times, but overall a fun ride."
The threat of war—both conventional and biological—involving the United States, Russia, and China looms large in Mann's debut thriller. Read full book review >
THE VERDICT by Nick Stone
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"The suspense never lets up in this terrific courtroom drama. Fans of John Grisham will love it. It's definitely movie material."
A fast-moving British legal thriller filled with tension and surprises. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE by Robert Crais
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Not Crais' deepest or thorniest mystery but another solid outing with a host of involving characters."
Los Angeles private investigator Elvis Cole is joined by K-9 cop Scott James and his battle-scarred German shepherd, Maggie, in the search for a woman out to avenge the killing of her son in a suicide bombing in Nigeria. Read full book review >
THE ABSOLUTION by Jonathan Holt
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"In spite of a few scenes that stop the novel in its tracks by explaining complicated details about banking and computer viruses through dialogue, Holt's finale has more than enough rapid-pulse action—and compelling insight into Italy-U.S. relations—to keep the pages turning."
In the final book of the Carnivia Trilogy, named after the anonymous virtual world created by disfigured genius Daniele Barbo, American intelligence analyst Holly Boland and Italian cop Kat Tapo reunite to investigate dark government conspiracies. Read full book review >
This Spy in France by Michael Angliss
Released: May 4, 2015

"Fresh, invigorating, and appealing for returning fans and those just joining the series."
In Angliss' (Fight to the Edge of Earth Tonight, 2015, etc.) sixth book featuring Luthan Fennes, the Australian operative chases a terrorist targeting the oil industry.Read full book review >
SLASHTAG by Todd M. Thiede
Released: Aug. 12, 2015

"A dark, bracing volume in a series that's making it a habit."
Thiede (Miss Me?, 2015) weaves a gruesome tale of suspense in the fourth book of his Max Larkin series.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marie Lu
September 29, 2015

In the second installment of Marie Lu’s Young Elites series, The Rose Society, Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness? “The direction of this trilogy's conclusion is left refreshingly difficult to predict,” our reviewer writes. View video >