Week of 15 Apr 2018
The Disappeared (A Joe Pickett Novel)
Best of all, the final pages find Box’s hard-used hero both triumphantly successful and in deep trouble once again in perhaps the most finely balanced conclusion in this rewarding series.

The Disappeared

by C. J. Box

Ready Player One
...sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero.
Publishers Weekly

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

The Great Alone: A Novel
She re-creates in magical detail the lives of Alaska's homesteaders in both of the state's seasons (they really only have two) and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force.

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

To Die but Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
In addition to providing a very good mystery, Winspear does a smashing job describing the bravery exhibited by everyday Britons as the fear of invasion becomes ever more real.

To Die but Once

by Jacqueline Winspear

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

The Woman in the Window: A Novel
Crackling with tension, and the sound of pages turning, as twist after twist sweeps away each hypothesis you come up with about what happened in Anna’s past and what fresh hell is unfolding now.

The Woman in the Window

by A. J. Finn

An American Marriage: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
This is, at its heart, a love story, but a love story warped by racial injustice. And, in it, Jones suggests that racial injustice haunts the African-American story. Subtle, well-crafted, and powerful.

An American Marriage

by Tayari Jones

Red Sparrow: A Novel
The inclusion of a recipe at each chapter’s end...is unnecessary. This book is good and doesn’t need the gimmicks. The author’s CIA background and the smart dialogue make this an entertaining tale for spy-novel enthusiasts.

Red Sparrow

by Jason Matthews

Red Alert: An NYPD Red Mystery

No Critic Review

Red Alert

by James Patterson

Camino Island: A Novel
How all these little threads join up is a pleasure for Grisham fans to behold: there’s nothing particularly surprising about it, but he’s a skillful spinner of mayhem and payback.

Camino Island

by John Grisham

Accidental Heroes: A Novel

No Critic Review

Accidental Heroes

by Danielle Steel

Twice Bitten: An Argeneau Novel
Sands’ paranormal Argeneau family adds another chapter with Wyatt and Elspeth’s sexy, complex romance while adding an interesting psychologically wounded aspect to characters who are physically unassailable.

Twice Bitten

by Lynsay Sands

Before We Were Yours: A Novel
Wingate sheds light on a shameful true story of child exploitation but is less successful in engaging readers in her fictional characters' lives.

Before We Were Yours

by Lisa Wingate

The Escape Artist
“The Escape Artist” is the rare novel that one wants to read fast while also needing to go slow to savor every word.

The Escape Artist

by Brad Meltzer

Savage Prince: An Anti-Heroes Collection Novel (The Savage Trilogy) (Volume 1)

No Critic Review

Savage Prince

by Meghan March