Mystery & Detective
Biography & autobiography
About Red Leaves
Simons does a good job of twisting the story in a way that the ultimate reveal is a surprise, but it was slow going to the point of being dry getting there.
Ragdoll had a lot of promise and it is the first in a series. I liked it well enough to read more, but I do hope the next book will pack more of an emotional punch.
About Dancing with the Tiger
If you like thrillers with personality and antiques with a side of ruthless thug, Dancing with the Tiger is a book for you.
About Never Let You Go
While I may have been disappointed in Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens is still an author worth reading, as her stories always provide insight into the mind of a victim that is worth learning.
About The Cutthroat
Despite an awkward transition or two and a bit of padding (there’s a recipe for Welsh rarebit), the Bell series hits the right note for those who like crime fiction with a unique setting.
About The Zero and the One: A Novel
The Zero and The One is a rare oddity within mainstream publishing: a small, complex novel that equally entertains and challenges the reader.
About The Housekeeper: A Novel
While it’s engaging and extremely well-written—I stopped several times to marvel at phrases that had me finding meaning in a soggy bowl of cornflakes—the suspense in the book was mostly lacking.
About A Divided Spy
The prolific Cumming insufficiently preps the reader on the hero’s back story but writes with ruefully brittle intelligence and keeps the twists coming.
About The North Water
Ian McGuire not only plots his story with great skill, he has a wonderful ability to recreate 19th-century language so that there is no sense of dissonance or cod English. It’s an astonishing feat.
About Fatal: A Novel
Lescroart wants to pick a side in this battle, but he’s too good a writer to moralize. The result is a dark, disturbing, satisfying read.
About This Is Not Over
The novel is most interesting and surprising when Dawn and Miranda begin to face the sordid pasts they wish they didn’t have to own, the egregious choices they’ve made and the terrible lies they struggle to believe.
About Under the Knife
Kelly Parsons has produced a top-class thriller that blends medical know-how with criminal intent in the most spine-tingling way.
About Little Deaths: A Novel
As a statement about strong women and the issues they face in society, Little Deaths is not just powerful but timely. Perhaps Ms. Flint did not mean for her story to be so timely.
I did quite enjoy the build of this tale. Brown, a marriage and family therapist, adds to each character in layers, revealing their secrets and their proclivities more fully in each chapter.
About Big Law: A Novel
Entertaining, suspenseful, and highly informative, Big Law is a warning, and Liebman’s alarm is loud and clear.
About The Nowhere Man
Thriller fans craving action and violence will enjoy this one.
About The Believer
Suspenseful and primed for Hollywood adaptation, this is escapist fiction at its best.
Sharply rendered literary noir, compelling enough to forgive a slightly left-field resolution.
Brown brings these two women to life with insight and sympathy. Sometimes it’s painfully realistic in its psychology. Hopefully, it never turns into a true crime story….