...the simplicity and depth of Murakami's work give it its irresistible quality. He's both easy to read and not so easy to understand, but I didn't mind.
The murder of one of Ferris’s acquaintances sets off a chain of increasingly violent events...which threaten to destroy not only the bodies but the minds of Mancreu’s inhabitants. Harkaway...adroitly explores the lengths one man will go to save what he’s come to love, even in the face of almost-certain failure.
As restless, and as sly, as the mythical Proteus, she nimbly remakes her novel at every turn — but she does so with another goal in mind. Sometimes, she seems to say, the only way to get your mind around the past is just to step ahead to a new beginning.
Seiffert’s last leg is perhaps a stretch too far that ekes out more of the same and tells us nothing new. Indeed, for some readers the entire book may feel like too great a distance to cover...However, Seiffert’s tragedy grips while it disturbs and its emotional punch makes it worth persevering until her bitter end.
My trouble with this book was not its failure to live up to genre conventions — any good story can get away with breaking the rules. But I was disappointed that the characters remained thin, even through plot twists and revelations that should have granted them life beyond the page.
Her characters are instantly lovable, and the story moves quickly and only a little predictably...adult fans will love Rowell’s return to a story close to their hearts. The realities of a grown-up relationship are leavened by the buoyancy and wonder of falling in love all over again.
If "The Great Glass Sea" suffers from a few excesses of ambition, then it is redeemed by Weil's greatest gift to the reader: a deep understanding of family, personal loss and the abiding love between siblings.
Moyes has mastered the art of likable, not terribly memorable, but far from simple-minded storytelling.
Plot takes a back seat to Gould’s razor-sharp humor and observations about life in New York among a class of young people...It’s also a delight to read a novel that places female friendship at its center...Perfect summer reading for people who’d rather stay in the city than go to the beach.
With "The Silkworm" and "The Cuckoo's Calling," one might be tempted to say, Robert Galbraith has announced himself as a fresh voice in mystery fiction: part hard-boiled, part satiric, part poignant and part romantic.
There are moments of dark musicality, and Eggers’s concern with the abuse of power is resonant. But the novel is hollowed out by its main character’s mixture of apocalyptic gloom and repetitive pedantry.
The book’s energy, its wide reach and rich detail make it a confident example of the “unputdownable” novel.
The area of Midtown Manhattan around Grand Central Terminal, with its host of landmark buildings, serves as the backdrop...The tour of Midtown, both above and below ground, is alone worth the price of admission.
It’s every bit as good as all 12 of its predecessors, which is saying a great deal. However, while you won’t find me comparing Mr. Furst to Eric Ambler, John Le Carre or Graham Greene, as some reviewers have done, I will say he is in a class by himself when it comes to combining story, characterization and setting.
Healey has a wonderful feel for language, and Elizabeth's state of mind allows her to describe mundane details with intricacy and emotional depth...There's a lot here to praise, admire and enjoy. But ultimately this is a novel for readers who love unreliable narrators instead of being infuriated by them.
Its heroine is Matilda Zylberberg, known as Tooly, and what aims to hook the reader in is not so much the possibility of finding out what happens as finding out what once happened... I had a little snooze on page 40, but by page 340 I was bolt awake. I'll keep The Rise and Fall of Great Powers on my shelf.
The scariest thing of all is to imagine King writing a happy children’s book. This isn’t it: It’s nicely dark, never predictable and altogether entertaining.
The stories in The Book of Unknown Americans are engaging, readable, and poignant, but the quality of the writing is uneven. The thoughtfully titled The Book of Unknown Americans doesn’t quite live up to its name.
By the end, which features some difficult, realistic, and earned resolutions, readers will be amazed at this deeply felt, vivid novel.
Henderson is committed to showing us unhappy and unstable people existing at the edges of any safety net. But they're also people struggling to find a kind of truth, and they're portrayed with compassion and humanity...Here, at the beginning of his career, Henderson has come within shouting distance of writing a great American novel.