Thrillers Book Reviews

THE CAMEL AND THE SCORPION by C.C. Rising
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A nerve-racking, vibrantly dramatic tale with an empathetic protagonist."
In Rising's debut thriller, a Texas college professor in 1977 tries to prove the innocence of her young student, a suspected terrorist imprisoned in Israel. Read full book review >
A LOOSE END by David Morsilli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2017

"A jaw-dropping thriller about one man's quest to uncover the truth."
After witnessing a murder, an ordinary man thrusts himself into the middle of a CIA coverup in this thriller. Read full book review >

DEEP BLACK by Sean McFate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A political thriller that will appeal to action junkies and armchair diplomats alike."
An elite mercenary unit searches for a radicalized Saudi prince in Islamic State group-controlled Iraq. Read full book review >
WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU by Stephanie Kuehn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Full of secrets and plot twists, Kuehn's latest is a satisfying, sophisticated study in complicated relationships. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A multiethnic group of teenagers goes camping on a school trip, but not all of them make it home alive. Read full book review >
FLATLINE by Dana Barney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2016

"An entertaining, fast-paced, and thoughtful debut thriller."
In this thriller, an investigative journalist suffers several near-death experiences while trying to clear his name after being falsely accused of murder. Read full book review >

THE BLONDE WITH HALF A FACE by W.J. Reeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A verbose but engaging crime tale."
A brilliant chemistry student is rescued from a criminal life by her professor in Reeves' (Bada Bing in Brooklyn, 2012, etc.) gritty thriller sequel. Read full book review >
THE LOST ONES by Sheena Kamal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"A gritty, violent read with a tough, idiosyncratic, dryly witty heroine readers will root for even if they wouldn't want to invite her home."
A Vancouver woman with demons to spare is asked to find a teen runaway in Kamal's searing debut. Read full book review >
BERLIN RED by Sam Eastland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2017

"A sharp spy story that deftly mixes fiction with history and also offers a rewarding denouement for Eastland's near-mythic detective."
At the apex of World War II, Moscow's most notorious detective gets one last assignment from his master, Joseph Stalin. Read full book review >
THE SMACK by Richard Lange
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"In this breezy page-turner, Lange shows off his uncommon ability to combine toughness and tenderness."
Down-on-his-luck grifter Rowan Petty is talked into taking part in an iffy get-rich scheme by Dandy Don, an ex-con in Reno, only to be set up for a fall. Read full book review >
DARK SATURDAY by Nicci French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A welcome return to form after the heroine's overwrought, undernourishing last adventure (Friday on My Mind, 2016), even if the continuing villains smack more than ever of a soap opera that just won't end."
Pressed to investigate a suspect cop's handling of an ancient case, psychotherapist Dr. Frieda Klein ends up finding out a whole lot more. Read full book review >
THE SUBSTITUTE by Nicole Lundrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A feast for fans who miss Patricia Highsmith's and Margaret Millar's haunting anatomies of people as nice as pie except for their murders."
The violent death of one of his middle school students in his own largely unexplored backyard opens gaping wounds in the life of a substitute teacher. Read full book review >
TWO NIGHTS by Kathy Reichs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Reichs' newest heroine, the polar opposite of cerebral Temperance Brennan (Speaking in Bones, 2015, etc.), is fueled by a well-nigh uncontrollable rage in her thrilling, violent search for a missing girl so much like herself."
A search for a missing girl resurrects traumatic memories for a woman already struggling with life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >