Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.
All that said, the book has its strengths. It’s smoothly written. It worked for me as a suspense novel – as the story went on, I did become quite invested in the resolution of the mystery. I wanted to know what happened to Megan and why.
...let me just say this book is vintage Stephen King, though a King who is older, more mature and as interested in the problems confronting real people in the real world...
Hardcore puzzlers and conspiracy hounds will no doubt see Inferno as a cruise ship buffet: endless, rich and all-you-can-eat. It may well leave others feeling overstuffed. As compared to Brown’s previous Langdon novels, this one goes to eleven. The same can’t be said of the writing, which is flat and cliched from cover to cover...
Although not deeply interested in the astrological symbolism, I was appreciative of Catton’s story-telling prowess and enraptured of her characters. In persuading us to fall in love with them, she accomplished her goal.
...what makes King resonate for me is the detail work, the way he can get inside the most mundane situation and animate it, revealing in the process something of how we live.
An artfully balanced mystery, thriller and coming-of-age story, Louise Erdrich's "The Round House" is the gripping tale of the effects of violence on a family.
With The Bone Clocks he has brought off his most sinewy, fine and full book to date, a Möbius strip-tripping great novel that will reward bleary-eyed rereading until he writes his next one.
...The Orphan Master's Son deserves a place up there with dystopian classics such as Nineteen Eighty-four and Brave New World...
The Help is the kind of book impossible to stop reading. The tension mounts as the maids who participated in the interviews with Skeeter, watch and wait for the white ladies to identify the fictitious names and fire the maids.
The mix of desire and disdain for popularity and acceptance many women face and the way it shapes them as human beings and informs their actions is the heart of Kimberly McCreight’s Reconstructing Amelia.
King may be exploring the nature of violence in contemporary America, but the narrative’s pacing is too slow for it to catch. King plots every action of his main characters, who spend a distracting amount of time thinking things through. Nothing is held back, which means the suspense never gains momentum.
Ms. Stedman builds a solid case for all sides — or, at least, makes everyone’s motives understandable.
The book uses a very clever she-said, he-said structure to construct how we see the characters and come to understand their changing relationship. Without having the rich internal thoughts that make up the text...
This is a truly memorable novel, one that can be read through myriad lenses — psychological, sociological, political.
The less you know about that going in the better, because all the joy in Slade House is in the discovery. It's in seeing different people make the same mistakes over and over again — in seeing the same story play out...
Like all of McEwan’s work, The Children Act (named after an act of Parliament) is a very readable narrative, fortified with suspense and displaying a taste for the lurid.
As ingenious as Tartt's plot is, this novel would be but a massive scaffolding feat, were it not for her uncanny way with words.
If you somehow haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird, go to the library...or bookstore immediately. If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird recently, it is worth reading the novel again.
So here it is: Gabrielle Zevin’s “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” is a fun, page-turning delight. It is charming — and I mean that in the most positive of ways.