Thrillers Book Reviews

The Wicked Game by R.M. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"Fast, incisive, and audaciously entertaining. Readers may have seen it before, but they'll likely enjoy it this time around."
In Smith's (Alive! Not Dead, 2014) thriller, a man is caught in an adult version of hide-and-seek, complete with rifle-toting players who'll kill to stay alive.Read full book review >
The Doctor and Mr. Dylan by Rick Novak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Nuanced characterization and crafty details help this debut soar."
In this debut thriller, tragedies strike an anesthesiologist as he tries to start a new life with his son. Read full book review >

Prince of Tyrants by Rabb Marcellus
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A fun, fantastical adventure in historical revisionism."
Marcellus' (Jubal's Gold, 2014, etc.) thriller considers the possibility that Hitler did not, in fact, commit suicide.Read full book review >
CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"As so often for the firm of Rosato & DiNunzio (Betrayed, 2014, etc.), the ending, logical but woefully underprepared, is a serious disappointment. Fans eager to see Bennie's courtroom mettle won't care a bit."
Twelve years after a Kids-for-Cash scheme ends the childhood of two boys, Philadelphia lawyer Bennie Rosato must defend one of them on a charge of murdering the other. Read full book review >
Broken Angels by Russell Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"An auspicious mystery debut."
In this bleak Alaskan noir, an embittered, street-hardened woman is determined to find her estranged mother's killer. Read full book review >

PLAYING WITH FIRE by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Clear your schedule for this one—you won't want to put it down until you're finished."
A suspenseful thriller about mysterious music and a violinist's fear of her child. Read full book review >
FOREIGN AFFAIRS by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Apart from all the big names tossed in to cow Casselli, Woods mostly soft-pedals the usual gratuitous inflation and extraneous subplots, keeping things simple, straightforward, and pleasantly predictable."
A former New York Mafioso who's fled home to Italy kidnaps the latest inamorata of the redoubtable Stone Barrington (Hot Pursuit, 2015, etc.). Big mistake.Read full book review >
Celebrity Cast by Harry Groome
THRILLERS

"A lively kidnapping story that cuts into and reveals a major historical event in international politics."
A suspenseful thriller set during the precarious days of the Soviet Union's collapse. Read full book review >
HIDDEN BODIES by Caroline  Kepnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"With its scathing social satire and loathsome yet strangely charming leading man, Kepnes' sophomore effort is well worth the read."
Charming, literature-loving psychopath Joe Goldberg, who dispatched his last lover plus three others, returns with his eyes on a new prize in this darkly humorous follow-up to You (2014). Read full book review >
A SONG OF SHADOWS by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Connolly infuses his thrillers with enough of the supernatural to please fans of both genres, but it's his sense of humor, timeless characters, and impeccable writing that make his work worth reading."
Nazis, neighbors, and a nasty hit man coalesce around Connolly's iconic character, Charlie Parker, who's recovering from a near-fatal hit. Read full book review >
SATURN RUN by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure."
Quite a departure for Sandford, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth's gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. Read full book review >
IF YOU WRONG US by Dawn Klehr
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"An intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
Within the crumbling city of Detroit, two grief-stricken teens discover a tenuous thread that ties their personal tragedies together and concoct a sinister plan for vengeance. 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 >