The serious questions that The Followers poses about love, faith and responsibility blend with Wait’s propulsive plotting and the complicity she creates through the power of her writing to form a great surging shout of a novel, which left me, in the end, in tears.
"Because many of the stories’ endings are ambiguous, they would make excellent fodder for book club discussion. But any reader with a love of fine writing in short story format should find pieces to savor among these well-written offerings."
“The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” is a masterful piece of storytelling, creating a wonderful balance between the sins of the past and the truths of the present. There’s a sophisticated emotional rawness binding it all together that will resonate long after the final page is turned. Smart, haunting and dynamic, it makes for a fantastic read.
"This is everything a good supernatural thriller should be: It’s fast, fun, and has undeniable thematic depth. Two (hairy and clawed) thumbs up."
“The Wanderers” isn’t a book that one could easily pigeonhole. It is smart and heartfelt and funny and sad, marked with a sophisticated simplicity. The truth is that no matter the genre in which you might place it, there’s only one label that fits it just right. And it’s the only label that matters. Exceptional.
Like the roiling waves that attract Dana, the narrator of Kathleen Doler’s suspense novel, the story washes over readers and leaves them caught in the currents, excited and breathless.
...the dreamily brilliant Paris police commissioner, assisted by his baffled, balky team of underlings, investigates the deaths of members of the Association for the Study of the Writings...Vargas keeps introducing unexpected, fascinating new plot elements, even as the action totters on the brink of absurdity.
Mercy is great and I love reading about her adventures. There is always something going on with her and her pack of wolves.
An often vivid portrait of Provincetown life and May-December friendships, despite a bland main character.
The plot line unfolds predictably, and there’s no real emotional tension, despite a spat between Peter and Rina over watching TV.
"Steve Dimodica’s exciting thriller revolves around a young woman caught in the aftermath of Chile’s 'Dirty War'...Accidental Evils is an engrossing read that should enthrall fans of action-packed and intelligent suspense."
Revealing chapters from the children’s point of view show them trying to match wits with adults. Devilishly clever twists propel Gardner’s tale of family bonds fractured, mended, and sometimes destroyed.
Bestseller Robb (aka Nora Roberts) is not only prolific but consistently inventive, entertaining, and clever in her crime series set in a near-future New York City, as shown by the stunning 44th entry...
The complex ex-soldier hero and ex-teacher turned kick-butt bounty hunter heroine have combustible chemistry — and travel an explosive and bittersweet road to their HEA.
The detailed, engrossing narrative is coupled with an in-depth look at the community being created in the bayou, but too much emphasis on past events and distracting repetition bog down an otherwise exceptional novel.
Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters’ secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed.
“Homesick for Another World” is challenging, confrontational work. Each one of these stories shines with a cracked-mirror bleakness that slices the reader to the emotional quick. And all 14 of Moshfegh’s final lines leave us wrung-out and strained … and eager to tackle the next one.
It's all delightfully Mad Max-ish, and more than a tad gothic, with the added joy of yet another feisty female warrior who is always going to win the war but not the battle. It is also – no surprise here – a very fast read.
Harry Blue is certainly a character worthy of a series, and while NEVER NEVER is complete in itself, Patterson and Fox leave just enough hanging at the end so that readers will be clamoring for further resolution. Hopefully more will be seen from this dynamic author duo --- not to mention Harry --- in the near future.
I do recommend reading the previous installments to understand the dynamic between Melanie and Jack, as well as the supporting cast. For those who are following along, this is a solid addition to the series and I think you are going to enjoy it immensely.