Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

EAT WHAT YOU KILL by Ted Scofield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"An intriguing idea that could have been better executed but instead ends up top-heavy with dull technical detail, static writing and a hard-to-swallow conclusion."
Scofield's debut novel, a financial thriller, introduces readers to a main character so difficult and full of malice that he makes Hannibal Lector seem like a kindly old uncle with quirky dietary habits. Read full book review >
MIND OF WINTER by Laura Kasischke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A prolonged exercise in navel-gazing, with a powerful ending that may be redemptive in the eyes of readers who stick around."
Author and poet Kasischke (If a Stranger Approaches You, 2013, etc.) chronicles the ramblings of a woman snowed in with her adopted daughter on Christmas Day. Read full book review >

SAFE KEEPING by Barbara Taylor Sissel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A few elements that don't quite hang perfectly and an ending that ties things up neatly but not satisfactorily keep the book from being completely successful, but the impressive writing and affecting subject matter will keep most readers engaged."
In crisis as the shadows of two murders hang over their 34-year-old son, a family must sift through a lifetime of mistakes and misunderstandings to uncover the truth. Read full book review >
WITHOUT WARNING by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A romance camouflaged as a thriller but a short, smooth read most will enjoy."
A methodical serial killer is on the loose in a small Maine town, and it's up to the police chief to resolve the case before more people die in Rosenfelt's latest police thriller. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2014

"Robinson has won many awards for his Detective Banks novels (Watching the Dark, 2013, etc.), and with this latest, he demonstrates his mastery of the craft."
Robinson's latest Inspector Banks novel is an English murder mystery sure to please lovers of the genre. Read full book review >

KILL FEE by Owen Laukkanen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 20, 2014

"Proficient, professional, pulse-pounding nonsense. If you can accept the outrageous logistics of Killswitch, you won't put this third installment down unfinished."
Minnesota state cop Kirk Stevens teams up once more with the FBI's Carla Windermere to put a ruthless murder-for-hire scheme out of business. Read full book review >
THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Could easily dispense with a third of the pages in this le Carré wannabe."
In the new novel by the well-traveled Steinhauer (An American Spy, 2012, etc.), the death of an American diplomat in Hungary sets wheels spinning across North Africa. Read full book review >
APOCALYPSE by Dean Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Time is of the essence in this techno-thriller, which boasts a nifty premise but doesn't go far enough with it."
In his latest adventure, former Marine Ethan Warner—who investigates weird occurrences for the feds when not chasing down bail jumpers in Chicago—probes the disappearance of an ex-NASA physicist who possesses a certain kind of second sight. Read full book review >
THE SETUP MAN by T.T. Monday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"A treat for readers of mystery or baseball novels, this debut will be especially enjoyable for fans of both."
A throwback Southern California mystery in modern pinstripes, this book leaves no doubt that the author is a fan of both Sam Spade and Bull Durham's Crash Davis. Read full book review >
WATCHING YOU by Michael Robotham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"Robotham's writing remains solid. His latest, while not his best, will convert new readers and make his fans happy."
Robotham, an Australian-based writer who specializes in edge-of-your-seat thrillers, turns in a complicated story that centers around a group of individuals who are not what they seem. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Laura McHugh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"An accomplished literary thriller."
A teenager investigates a friend's murder and learns much more than she bargained for. Read full book review >
STONE COLD by C.J. Box
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 11, 2014

"Suspenseful yet routine, with oversized bogeymen who seem more menacing than they really are, ethical dilemmas that dissolve under pressure and an ending that tests your tolerance for coincidence. Below average for this splendid yet checkered series."
Joe Pickett's fantastical 14th pits him against a nest of assassins that just happens to include his old pal Nate Romanowski. Read full book review >