So many critics seem to have been knocked on their behinds by Dicker's novel that I can't be sure I'm not missing something...They see a masterpiece; I see a completely ordinary, amiably cartoonish and well aerated page-turner...What the book does well is what all good thrillers should: it twists and turns.
Thomas and Graham do an effective job of translating Veronica into yet another new medium, one that will only increase the ranks of Marshmallows.
...Oates’s atheistic characters battle with their consciences and with the injustices of a nation in sharp decline, giving the novel a powerful moral immediacy.
Gardner repeatedly ratchets up the tension while the strange relationship between the two mismatched siblings leads to a deadly climax.
Scott has produced a work of historical fiction that is both atmospheric and memorable, suffused with dread and suspense right up to the last page.
While readers will learn little that is new about Haller's complex backstory...they will find plenty of drama, danger, and suspense in this gem of a legal thriller.
...Powers’s villainy seeps out in little ways, at first troubling and finally terrifying...After “Quiet Dell,” no one will forget Harry Powers.
Embellishing a perfectly good legal thriller with such literary pretensions smacks of gilding the lily. For all Turow’s “embroidery”, it fails to enhance the tale...The result is a novel that...remains grounded, overburdened with symbolism that signifies little and becomes ever more implausible as the story unfolds.
Though most of the literate world knows what’s to come, Guinn ably maintains suspense. Even if “Manson” is occasionally tedious, recounting over and over the Family’s peripatetic adventures...it stands as a definitive work: important for students of criminology, human behavior...and compulsively readable for anyone who relishes nonfiction.
In The Highway the reader is taken for a terrifying ride with killers and can only hope rescuers arrive before the journey ends in a bloody torture chamber.
...couples a raw-edged, lyrical look at characters’ innermost fears with an evocative view of Red Hook, a traditionally working-class area of Brooklyn undergoing gentrification that still struggles with racism and the aftermath of drug violence.
An important, sometimes-groundbreaking account of police gone wild.
...another marvelously entertaining Hiaasen adventure.
The book’s dark tones and story will stay with the reader after one turns over the last page.
...a shattering parable of honest individuals caught up in the corruption of our times.
...those with an affinity for the darkest and most literary crime fiction will want to get here as soon as they can.
Sandford keeps every stage of the investigation clear, compelling and suspenseful while peeling back layer after layer of a world in which “everybody was hot, everybody was rich."
...the execution of the plot is uneven, bordering on convoluted at various points. The characters, though interesting, are not fully developed to the point that a reader becomes fully invested in them nor cares about their fates.
The Anatomy of Violence is an astonishingly accessible account of all the major elements— environmental, social, biochemical, psychological, and neurological—related to crime and human violence...
A successful Johansen novel, filled with intriguing twists and characters and an overarching mystery that will keep fans coming back for Book 2.