Thrillers Book Reviews

The Tattooed Arm by M. Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2015

"A colorful, enjoyable novel with a fearless, savvy heroine."
A 1930s woman makes a frightening leap into the criminal underworld in Simpson's debut Australian noir thriller. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2014

"A thriller that ably rakes through werewolf tropes in search of new territory."
From the author of The Whaler Fortune (2014) comes a Victorian supernatural thriller about a good man coping with a science-born curse.Read full book review >

THE CELLAR by Minette Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Sly pacing and a detached narrative voice give this horror story exceptional punch."
This short work reads like a recipe for evil and may well induce a nightmare or two. Read full book review >
The Ravine by Robert Pascuzzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2014

"A gripping, ultimately uplifting story about the power of Christian forgiveness."
Pascuzzi offers a taut debut thriller that opens on a tense note of mystery. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB by David Lagercrantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast-moving, credible, and intelligently told. Larsson fans won't be disappointed."
Lisbeth Sander returns, bruises raw and dander up, in this continuing installment of the late Stieg Larsson's crime series. Read full book review >

The Millionaire's Cross by Sal Nudo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2014

"Like a familiar roller-coaster ride; readers may see where the story's headed but that doesn't make it any less exhilarating."
In Nudo's (Phantom Reunions, 2005, etc.) thriller, three men need only do a small favor to win a big fortune; unforeseen consequences ensue.Read full book review >
Irish Blood by Brendan Sean Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Rich in its historical Irish backdrop while delivering the genre goods."
A man hoping to make sense of his wife's death in Ireland winds up in the middle of an Irish Republican Army splinter group's struggle against British forces in Sullivan's debut thriller. Read full book review >
Pursuit by Harry Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"An intriguing blend of legal thrills and Mafia matters."
A legal thriller that pits the Mafia against a corrupt British legal system. Read full book review >
Baksheesh (Bribes) by DS Kane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 2015

"More wild, violent adventures in the world of international espionage."
In the fifth installment of the Spies Lie series, former covert operative Cassandra Sashakovich is finally ready to settle down with her family, though a plot to start World War III threatens to pull her back into danger. Read full book review >
Dead Ringer by William Cone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2012

"A historically faithful and ingeniously thrilling account of the last throes of the second world war."
A historical thriller set during World War II that revolves around the global race for an atomic bomb. Read full book review >
THE MULBERRY BUSH by Charles McCarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Good enough while it lasts, but richer characters would have made it last longer."
Classic noir themes of trust, motive, and tarnished ideals spin through this mordant, cerebral thriller about an agent on a two-tiered mission. Read full book review >
Blood of My Fathers by Bernard Bornstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"A smart, realistic novel, populated by real-life figures, that offers a unique take on the secretive politics of the 'Hermit Kingdom.'"
A deadly virus leads to a global pandemic that escalates to a standoff between the United States and North Korea in Bornstein's debut political thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >