"This is everything a good supernatural thriller should be: It’s fast, fun, and has undeniable thematic depth. Two (hairy and clawed) thumbs up."
It may take a few pages to get your footing, depending. The more limber won’t be bothered. We’ve had plenty of otherworldly choruses before, from Grover’s Corners to Spoon River, and with so many walking dead in the pop culture nowadays, why not a corresponding increase in the talking dead?
The side characters are brilliant in their own right, each one playing an intricate role in the tale. But as with each novel in this series, it’s the compulsive, insecure but constantly self-improving protagonist Melanie who is the show-stealer...
Some of King's smoothest writing and slickest effects, with the usual supercosmic horror scaled down to reasonably familiar villainy--though the sales, one assumes, will be supercosmic.
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis will undoubtedly win Rice new fans and welcome back old ones.
The authors tend to use too much detail (Rosa plops down on Claire’s “soft, comfortable, dark green, velour sofa”), and almost every female character is attractive (Claire is “beautiful”; others are “hot” or “stunning”). All this might have worked better on the screen.
...If Dust Bath Revival doesn't quite work as a suspense novel, it is interesting as a book-length, sideways case for getting rid of stigma.
The premise of the pre-9/11 plot is both compelling and disconcerting, and Child applies his trademark eye for detail to make the whole endeavor surprisingly and thrillingly credible.
Smart, tender and insightful, I enjoyed this tremendously, and hope to see Moreno-Garcia write more stories in this world.
That’s as entertaining as the book’s many action scenes, and it enhances his hero creds—but then he ruins it in one scene where he drills a slug through the heart of someone who simply doesn’t deserve it. But the inevitable confrontation between Rapp and Azarov is what thriller readers live for...
Hamilton knows how to spin a story that will suck you in and never release you. I was glad to see a little more action in this book. In the others it started to go away and was replaced with the sex scenes; which isn’t bad but I love to see Anita fight.
Tan's contest with himself will presumably continue. Fortunately for his fans — both those of his previous efforts, and new fans won over by this delightful book — he'll probably keep winning.
Perhaps a bit too much exposition takes place in conversation: French relies on long interviews with witnesses and suspects. But she also keeps things moving at a snappy pace, and even when you figure out who did it, you still have no idea how Conway is going to prove it.
...doesn’t bother to explain supernatural events. How they occur is one of those mysteries best left to the reader’s imagination. Either you are willing to believe or you needn’t bother reading. And that would be a shame. Donohue has a gift for drawing vibrant characters.
Stranded superbly evokes the existential dread of its characters’ plight and makes the empty white Arctic seem chillingly claustrophobic.
...Charlie and Ethan's relationship gives a layer of familiarity and trust to a complicated case, while never overshadowing the suspenseful elements that will leave you guessing until the end.
Cabal remains an entertaining antihero whose complexities have deepened over time, and the conclusion of the narrative threads that have spanned the previous four Cabal books is both satisfying and touching.
The case becomes almost too large for Slaughter to contain, which could explain her choice to rely on an awkward extended flashback sequence, but she mostly manages to wrangle this installment...
McGuire quite satisfyingly continues the ongoing story while telling an intense and entertaining tale in its own right.
Blood Wedding is a gripping, troubling novel with believable characters and a watertight plot, an undeniable tour de force of psychological suspense that justifies Lemaitre’s international reputation as a crime writer.