The Silkworm is a well-structured, richly characterized mystery, which will keep even the most astute of readers guessing through the final pages.
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.
...it’s a major step up from his previous book, Doctor Sleep, and it’s unusual in its dedication to surprising readers who by this time may think they know King like the back of their hands.
This age-old tension between worldly self and inner self, cleverly tailored by Ferris to the Internet era, is not fully developed...It is as though Ferris's narrative, which begins so ambitiously, falls victim to the very cultural shallowness bemoaned by its protagonist...
What follows is a time-shifting story of Houdini’s life and death that can’t seem to distinguish incredible fantasy from prosaic truth...to be fair, it is often hard to separate the two extremes...The Confabulist, for all its methodical sense of misdirection, doesn’t amaze.
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.
Allende has clearly enjoyed providing rich elaborations that don't particularly advance the story . . . Each of her characters finds ’something different . . . the same may not be said of readers who enjoy Allende’s fiction.
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.
Alena Graedon’s debut novel, The Word Exchange, is a very nervous book set in the near future, and addresses a concern shared by many over the impact of the digital revolution...Readers will recognize just from this outline traces of many other books, from Emberton to Stephen King’s Cell...
So “Destroyer Angel” comes as some surprise. Here, the villains appear on page 3, and they are as nasty a lot as Barr has devised...Barr, who once lived in Minnesota, creates an authentic sense of place that may give Boundary Waters paddlers the willies.
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.
Glass's uneven new novel...centers around 40-year-old Kit Noonan, an unemployed college professor...This imperfect work will still reward loyal readers.
Where Donoghue excels is in her descriptions of 19th century squalor: street children licking a block of ice that's fallen from a cart...
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.
...Mr. Steinhauer’s elaborate, sophisticated spy tale, a long, twisty road full of cleverly placed potholes and unexpected turns...anyone who reads “The Cairo Affair” will come to shudder at the smell of garlic, the hallmark of the book’s most coldhearted killer, and picture the Pyramids as barely visible through a haze of smog.
Mai’s careful attention to pacing and the folklore-inspired narration make for a fascinating story, neatly interwoven with complex mathematical theory.
...Korelitz is a generous writer who wishes her heroine well. Readers who have followed Grace through the ordeal grippingly delineated in "You Should Have Known," will agree that she deserves her chastened happy ending.