Thrillers Book Reviews

TobaccoNet by K.E. Bombard
Released: July 13, 2015

"A fast-paced DEA tale with a social conscience that should have many readers looking forward to more of Jason Kraft."
In this debut thriller launching a new series, an undercover drug enforcement agent becomes embroiled in shady dealings in the tobacco industry. Read full book review >
Tunnel Vision by Angela M. Herst
Released: Dec. 16, 2015

"A propulsive, cautionary tale about the effects of the Bhopal disaster."
Hersh uses one of the worst industrial accidents in history as the backdrop for her debut thriller. Read full book review >

The Medinandi License by Randall Reneau
Released: April 29, 2016

"Trouble follows the protagonist everywhere he goes—and so should readers; each new tale's as gripping as the last."
The fifth book in Reneau's (Legend of War Creek, 2015, etc.) thriller series finds returning American geologist Trace Brandon facing off against terrorists in a politically restless West African country.Read full book review >
The Most Important Thing by M.E. Matthews
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"A kidnapping tale dishes out edgy melodrama in the vein of a dark, unsettling soap opera."
A woman's sudden disappearance exposes a slew of grim, bitter secrets surrounding her family in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
Detroit Rules by Linda Style
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A protagonist that readers should definitely want to see again, whether as a gumshoe, lawyer, or maybe action hero."
An attorney and private eye takes on a missing person case, hoping it will also lead her to answers regarding her dead father, a fall guy for a murder rap, in Style's (Codename, 2015, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >

#hashtagged by Kimberly Hix Trant
Released: March 11, 2015

"Lively sci-fi from an exciting new voice."
In Trant's debut thriller, social media enables an artificial intelligence to gain consciousness, leading to a frightening future. Read full book review >
UNFINISHED JUSTICE by Janis Hutchinson

"An effective page-turner about a killer's new identity and a prisoner's long-simmering plot."
A falsely accused reporter sentenced to a chain gang vows revenge on the man who really committed the crime. Read full book review >
The Enigma Gamers by Charles Breakfield
Released: March 18, 2016

"A cyberattack tale that's superb as both a continuation of a series and a promising start in an entirely new direction."
In this spinoff of Breakfield and Burkey's (The Enigma Always, 2015, etc.) techno-thriller series, someone's hacking companies and places with automated services and demanding ransoms.Read full book review >
Daddy Dearest by Paul Southern
Released: June 1, 2016

"An enthralling tale, but the genuine mystery involves the protagonist, a spellbinding enigma from beginning to end."
A divorcé's 5-year-old daughter vanishes during a weekend visit, turning his apartment neighbors into suspects in Southern's (Killing Sound, 2014, etc.) thriller. Read full book review >
A Bitter Frost by Christine Schulden
Released: Feb. 16, 2013

"A ghost-hunting tale that should keep readers guessing until the final page; suspenseful and genre-bending."
A series of unsettling home invasions pushes a 42-year-old woman to the brink of insanity in this debut paranormal thriller. Read full book review >
Crossing Borders by J.E. Wells
Released: Jan. 18, 2016

"An ambitious and topical story about a courageous Southern lawyer."
A Mexican drug cartel and a U.S. senator target an attorney after he takes a case involving illegal immigration in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
PARADIME by Alan Glynn
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"The plot keeps moving with plenty of effective surprises, and the final chapters successfully navigate to an even darker tone. So the not-quite-resolved ending seems perfectly appropriate, even if you have to read it over to make sense of it."
The plot twists can get a little confusing in the latest high-tech sci-fi thriller from Glynn (The Dark Fields, 2001, etc.). But at least readers will never be quite as confused as Danny Lynch, the story's unlucky not-quite hero. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >