Thrillers Book Reviews (page 8)

AN OFFICER AND A SPY by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Espionage, counterespionage, a scandalous trial, a coverup and a man who tries to do right make this a complex and alluring thriller."
Labyrinthine machinations having to do with the Dreyfus Affair, the late 19th-century spy case that disclosed a latent anti-Semitism in French culture. Read full book review >
RIPPER by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Credit Allende for attempting to expand her range, but crime fiction is plainly not her forte."
A seasoned hand at the intimate Latin American literary novel and young-adult fantasy takes an ungainly stab at a page-turner about a serial killer. Read full book review >

THE PAWNBROKER by David Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Fans of the Sister Agatha and Ella Clah mysteries (Ghost Medicine, 2013, etc.) will find the Thurlos' new series kickoff more thriller than mystery, though there's still a touch of the trademark Navajo lore."
Two war veterans find that their special ops skills come in unexpectedly handy back stateside in Albuquerque, N.M. Read full book review >
THE LABYRINTH by Wilmont R. Kreis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"A topical, serpentine thriller with a conscience.   "
A dramatic, high-stakes drama centered on a health care fraud. Read full book review >
URBAN RENEWAL by Andrew Vachss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Zero at the bone. Just the thing when you want something less good-natured and reflective than Lawrence Block's tales of Keller the hit man."
More criminal adventures for tougher-than-thou hireling Cross and his covey of Chicago assassins (Blackjack, 2012). Read full book review >

NORTH OF BOSTON by Elisabeth Elo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2014

"The groundwork is well-laid for future Pirio Kasparov adventures."
Perfume heiress turns unwilling sleuth in Elo's suspense series launch. Read full book review >
THE CULLING by Robert Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2014

"A scary premise. Get a flu shot. Wash your hands regularly."
Johnson's debut thriller could be more science fact than science fiction. Read full book review >
SNOWBLIND by Christopher Golden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"A chilling contemporary ghost tale that will make you think twice about braving the elements to buy a carton of milk the next time it snows."
Something icy this way comes in Golden's latest ghostly thriller, in which the Massachusetts town of Coventry is never the same after a massive snowstorm leaves behind spectral presences. Read full book review >
THE VANISHING by Wendy Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Careening through séances and ghostly encounters leaves the reader breathless but wishing for a slower, spine-tingling swell of suspense."
Now that her husband, Jeremy, has bilked thousands of people out of their life savings and committed suicide, Julia Bishop finds herself without friends or prospects, unless you count angry reporters and prison sentences.  Read full book review >
BEFORE WE MET by Lucie Whitehouse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Astute readers will pick up on clues that things aren't right before the hapless Hannah, but they'll still enjoy this well-drawn, taught thriller all the way to the end."
Whitehouse's latest (The House at Midnight, 2008, etc.) examines the relationship between two newlyweds following the husband's disappearance; the wife knows little about his past. Read full book review >
HERO by L. L. Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"An entertaining ghost story with a discerning, perceptive examination of actions and consequences in the here and hereafter."
A cop killed in the line of duty lingers as a ghost to help his troubled daughter and to solve a murder case in Anderson's debut supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
HORRORSCOPE by Brian Evans
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"An offbeat but clumsy story about gangsters and the supernatural."
In this debut thriller from Evans, Bousquet and Biltz, a psychic's powers bring the Mafia to her door. Read full book review >