Week of 14 Jan 2018
The People vs. Alex Cross
Love him or loathe him, James Patterson shows a genuine understanding of the power and importance of storytelling. Long may he and Cross continue to go down the mean streets of DC and anywhere else trouble is to be found.

The People vs. Alex Cross

by James Patterson

Origin is comfortably predictable, it brings back Robert Langdon and his Mickey Mouse watch for another sprawling romp, and it moves the pages pleasantly on those otherwise stressful nights...
NY Journal of Books


by Dan Brown

Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey)
As for the sex, which involves billiards, Ben and Jerry's and hollandaise-dipped asparagus, it isn't exactly thrilling...
The Telegraph


by E L James

The Sun and Her Flowers

No Critic Review

The Sun and Her Flowers

by Rupi Kaur

milk and honey
This book is perfect for getting you through any breakup. Some poems hit you with the power of two lines, while others need two pages to sink in.

milk and honey

by rupi kaur

Little Fires Everywhere
With her second novel, Ng further proves she’s a sensitive, insightful writer with a striking ability to illuminate life in America.

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1
A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts’ legions of fans.

Year One

by Nora Roberts

Two Kinds of Truth (A Harry Bosch Novel)
All the structural problems you’d expect from jamming two urgent but unrelated cases together: during much of the second half, Connelly (The Late Show, 2017, etc.) seems to be tying up increasingly low-impact loose ends. But a marvelous courtroom sequence will bring you cheering to your feet.

Two Kinds of Truth

by Michael Connelly

The Wanted (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike)
Though he makes his villains a bit too much of a comedy duo—the violence is oddly muted as a result—it's difficult to resist an exchange in which they argue over the use of the music from the shower scene in Psycho as a ringtone.

The Wanted

by Robert Crais

The Rooster Bar
As in all of Grisham’s best books, the reader of “The Rooster Bar” gets good company, a vigorous runaround and — unlike those poor benighted suckers at Foggy Bottom — a bit of a legal education.
NY Times

The Rooster Bar

by John Grisham

The Alice Network: A Novel
In The Alice Network, the lives of two indomitable women intertwine in a plot crackling with suspense. We root for Charlie and Eve, and cheer when they triumph.


The Alice Network

by Kate Quinn

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel
The book makes a rather icky sentimental misstep toward the end. It does, however, suggest something that has not been visible in the series' previous entries: a creeping sadness in Reacher's wanderings that, set here among the vast and empty landscapes of Wyoming, resembles the peculiarly solitary loneliness of the classic American hero.

The Midnight Line

by Lee Child

End Game (Will Robie Series)
The Will Robie series — which began with “The Innocent” in 2012 — has always been long on action and short on philosophy. But in “End Game,” both Robie and Reel contemplate their killing selves and how that negates chances for normal lives. The intense, if brief, soul searching adds a bit of welcome depth.
The Columbus Dispatch

End Game

by David Baldacci

The Good Daughter: A Novel
Whether she’s extending her franchise or creating stand-alones like this, she really does make your hair stand on end.

The Good Daughter

by Karin Slaughter