...swift and satisfying, especially when read through the lens of secrets and fame and the famous writer behind it all.
There are moments of dark musicality, and Eggers’s concern with the abuse of power is resonant. But the novel is hollowed out by its main character’s mixture of apocalyptic gloom and repetitive pedantry.
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.
Alan Furst’s novels have invoked glowing comparisons with Graham Greene for his idiosyncratic recreations of 1930s Europe; Midnight in Europe shows there is not the slightest diminution in his masterly command.
It’s a pleasure to read. Mr. Mercedes is a crisp, compulsive thrill ride, the sort of book tailor-made for a summer weekend.
...I am sure it will be seen on beaches both at home and abroad this summer. But I imagine that it will be left on them afterwards.
Suffice it to say that To Rise Again at a Decent Hour isn't just one of the best novels of the year, it's one of the funniest, and most unexpectedly profound, works of fiction in a very long time.
In its blunt method and clumsy misdirection, “The Confabulist” fails to nurture this interaction of minds — the only real magic there is.
These nine stories from fiction and memoir author McCracken...excavate unexplored permutations of loss and grief...McCracken’s skewed perspectives make this a powerfully if quietly disturbing volume.
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.
Northanger Abbey is frequently thought of alongside Austen’s juvenilia. Too often, this oddly literal reimagining comes off as simply juvenile.
Clever, breathless and sportively Hegelian in theme (the book...combines the jaunty energy of youngish adult fiction (boyfriend trouble, parent conflicts, peer pressure and post-collegiate jitters) with the spine-tingling chill of the science-fiction conspiracy genre.
Barr’s gift for depicting breathtaking scenery elevates the story, as does Anna’s complex, ever-evolving personality.
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.
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.
...Donoghue’s most subtly impressive achievement is to get us to root for a female hero who, by conventional standards, is an anti-hero: one whose instincts for sex and business trump her maternal ones, whose love for her child boils down to an act of will.
The life of a gambler is always going to make for an exciting read — I spent much of my time silently screaming "Don't!" — but in Osborne's hands, the moments of suspense are handled with so much skill that we sometimes read them more as memoir than elements of a thriller.
Several ancillary characters that didn’t make it into the film pop up in this book...Yet there are a few nice moments toward the end that exemplify the evolution of one of the best parent/child relationships conceived and depicted on television. Here’s hoping the second book has more Keith Mars.
Once again, Coben has brilliantly used a current trend, in this case Internet dating, to create a can’t-put-it-down thriller.