Framed by short anecdotes relating to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone, Albom’s story unfolds in reportorial-style sketches, right up to a double-twist conclusion. A sentimental meditation on "[w]hat is false about hope?"
...after the reader understands what has brought her to war and what caused her amnesia, the novel begins to wane.
Anyone who enjoys crime novels but hasn’t read Smith is in for a treat. Read this book, then look for other Arkady Renko adventures.
She is a brisk storyteller, and despite its flaws, The Valley of Amazement packs in enough drama to keep her readers going to the end.
Readers looking for nuance will not find it here, but there are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades, making this the kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever.
Ms. Roberts’s character’s Irish dialect is subtle in this book but no less charming. Readers who know the Boonsboro Trilogy set in her own town will be thrilled to read another story in a series set in her favorite place: Ireland.
Even if sharp-eyed readers already know how the book’s surprises may arise — has there ever been a long-lost relative who did not show up in a work of legal fiction? — they will still miss the final whammy that Mr. Grisham has in store.
Internal monologues may not be as patronizing, but they are wildly inconsistent. In Annie’s memories, for example, she switches from childlike descriptions of masturbation to a clinical vocabulary within pages.
...it’s not just narrative suspense that drives this book; it’s Theo and Boris, the stars of this enthralling novel, who will assume seats in the great pantheon of classic buddy acts...
The first part of the novel, nigh-on 400 pages, is one of the most beautifully and intricately mapped pieces I've ever read...
Quite a departure for Virgil and Lucas, but this is not a case that plays to their considerable strengths.
Gilbert’s sweeping saga of Henry Whittaker and his daughter Alma offers an allegory for the great, rampant heart of the 19th century.
I could hardly find the courage to turn the page. Almost 40 years later, I've changed, the world has changed, the planet has changed — and Stephen King is still scaring the hell out of me.
The Lowland is a story that examines profound questions about human nature, family, parenting, and love, as well as history and politics. The novel possesses both depth and breadth but is very readable, extremely moving, and doesn’t end with clear-cut answers. Expect the unexpected.
Readers will keep guessing how the two stories will intersect --- and Sparks provides some surprising twists right up until the very end. His legion of fans will not be disappointed by this latest novel, full of reflections about art, life, courage and, of course, love.
A Beautiful Truth balances a lot. The quiet familial narrative of the Ribkes; the inner world of our closest related primates, chimpanzees; and the big questions both raise about family, humanity, parenthood and the line between human and animal.
While the whacked‑out conspiracy theories in The Crying of Lot 49 (Pynchon's most appealing and, not coincidentally, shortest novel) seem like charming period features, here they seem like Baby Boomer bullshit, of a rather tasteless kind.
Throughout it all, Kinsey, practically unique among her professional cohort, is driven not by greed, lust or revenge, but by the simple desire to do the right thing. As she approaches the end of the alphabet, Kinsey waxes ever more reflective and philosophical.
It should also be noted that I was completely bummed that Mark didn’t even make an appearance in this one. His polar opposite Chris sexy appeal was lacking and though it seemed like Jones tried to place that personality on another figure from Chris’ past, it never quite got there.
Lethem’s writing, as always, packs a witty punch...the book is as illuminating of 20th-century American history as it is of the human burden of overcoming alienation.