...swift and satisfying, especially when read through the lens of secrets and fame and the famous writer behind it all.
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.
You can practically hear King rubbing his hands together as Holly jostles herself into the center of the action, playing a critical role in the investigation but also, more substantially, providing the nerve, drive and jittery heart of the novel.
Paul is an appealing—albeit self-involved—everyman, but Ferris’s effort to take on big topics...feels more like a set of thought experiments than an organic or character-driven story.
In its blunt method and clumsy misdirection, “The Confabulist” fails to nurture this interaction of minds — the only real magic there is.
...she uses this mourning to show us, again and again, just how proximate joy is to its antithesis...In this restorative, unforgettable collection, she allows that paradox to go both ways.
In a book of this scope, the narrative is inevitably top-heavy in spots, and the plot wears thin toward the end, but this is storytelling at its most seductive, a brash historical adventure.
A multifaceted cast of characters, a plot twist involving the legendary Romanovs, and plenty of sensual romance will keep readers riveted.
Val McDermid is a good crime writer, too good indeed to disguise her feelings about a commission that inspires, at least in this reader, a weary "so what?" Perhaps the best we can hope for is that it will send McDermid's many fans back to the source – the book first published posthumously in 1818 as Northanger Abbey.
"The Word Exchange" includes 123 poems with the Old English originals on one page and new renderings of them by contemporary poets on the facing page...With the original there on the facing page, everyone can solve their own riddles and write their own poems too.
Barr’s gift for depicting breathtaking scenery elevates the story, as does Anna’s complex, ever-evolving personality.
The novel is based on an actual crime – the 1876 murder of Jenny (or Jennie/Jeanne/Jeannie) Bonnet (or Bonnett), which caused a sensation, but was never solved conclusively...What she produces is a page-turner of a literary whodunit that screams film adaptation – but also tackles important themes.
The chief pleasure of "And the Dark Sacred Night" is taking the pulse of this vibrant and sometimes exasperating group. Unfortunately, the storytelling is so diffuse and Kit so lacking in dynamism that the novel loses energy as it goes along.
...the novel subverts an easy storybook ending and reveals something much bleaker. Osborne’s intriguing Chinese milieu and exquisite prose mark this work as a standout.
Clark keeps readers guessing and in suspense, with any one of the old companions potentially culpable and Blue Eyes making a number of startling reappearances.
Thomas and Graham do an effective job of translating Veronica into yet another new medium, one that will only increase the ranks of Marshmallows.
Once again, Coben has brilliantly used a current trend, in this case Internet dating, to create a can’t-put-it-down thriller.
you will see that the novel is like a Franck Muller watch, a construct of beauty—but metallic and cold. No matter. One marvels at the intricacy of its imagination and the elegance of its maker’s craftsmanship.
Mai’s careful attention to pacing and the folklore-inspired narration make for a fascinating story, neatly interwoven with complex mathematical theory.
Korelitz manages to pull off the contrivance that Grace, having written an entire book about blind spots, could be so spectacularly sabotaged by her own...In contrast, the novel’s resolution feels surprisingly neat and tidy for a story about the messiness of the mind.