Thrillers Book Reviews

THE OTHER SON by Alexander Söderberg
Released: July 25, 2015

"A thriller with plenty of vectors but a better sense of direction than its predecessor."
A clearer picture of a fuzzy moral universe emerges in the middle of this thriller trilogy shot through with bad cops, good gangsters, and Scandinavian chill. Read full book review >
BOMBS AWAY by Harry Turtledove
Released: July 14, 2015

"Definitely worth a try for Turtledove fans and armchair warriors in general."
Alternate-world warrior extraordinaire Turtledove (Last Orders, 2014, etc.) delivers the opening barrage of a new speculative conflict: What if President Harry Truman had ordered nuclear weapons to be used in the Korean War?Read full book review >

RAMPAGE by Alan Brenham
Released: July 4, 2015

"Precise and unequivocally gripping; an edge-of-your-seat ride from beginning to end."
In Brenham's (Cornered, 2014, etc.) latest thriller, cops in Austin, Texas, face off against a former convict on a vengeance-driven, murderous crime spree. Read full book review >
Oversight by Thomas Claburn
Released: March 14, 2015

"An invigorating sci-fi mystery that's so plugged in it may leave readers' brains buzzing."
An investigator uncovers a conspiracy to launch a viral attack in Claburn's (Reflecting Fires, 2001) sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A sufficient thriller that, without truly condemning either side, profoundly examines the consequences of war for the U.S. and Japan."
In Vancans' debut historical thriller, a covert Japanese faction threatens to detonate nuclear weapons on American soil as revenge for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Read full book review >

BREAK SHOT by Darren Musial

"An imposing, unforgettable modern take on the classic detective story."
In Musial's debut thriller, a former Army Ranger working at a pool hall turns detective when he becomes a person of interest in a murder investigation. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An exciting debut that will provide hours of entertainment for both aspiring film buffs and cinematic masters."
A rare slasher film takes over a video store manager's life in this cinematic suspense novel. Read full book review >
The Shape-Shifters by Peter Goldman
Released: March 14, 2015

"Precarious politics take precedence over murder in this striking genre entry."
Private eye Max Christian helps a friend who's running for Congress and enters a seedy world of murder, drugs, and politics in Goldman's (The Last Minstrel Show, 2012, etc.) latest thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A frantic but never confusing story enhanced by its characters and tantalizing religious theme.
In Brooks' (Deadly Faux, 2013, etc.) latest thriller, a widower's unpublished apocalyptic novel may actually have prophesied the end of times.Read full book review >
DEADLY FAUX by Larry Brooks
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Filled with enough twists to make a roulette wheel dizzy."
In Brooks' (Pressure Points, 2013, etc.) thriller, Wolfgang Schmitt's latest undercover gig for the FBI puts him at a Las Vegas hotel-casino to bring down mobsters. Read full book review >
THE OPAL DRAGON by James A. Calderwood
Released: Jan. 23, 2015

"Fascinating if overloaded."
In this thriller sequel, the son of a Filipina prostitute becomes a kingpin in Australia's opal underworld, where he deals with a truly monstrous find. Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S TREE by Kenneth Lippincott
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"Promotes concepts aimed at Christian readers, but it's first and foremost a thriller that will reel in genre fans."
Folks looking to settle in a Colorado community are made to feel unwelcome by a batch of unruly—and often dangerous—locals in Lippincott's Christian thriller debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >