Certainly on this evidence, The Cuckoo's Calling was a calling card for a series that has legs. With up to seven books planned for Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott – the same as the Potter canon – Galbraith obviously feels the same.
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.
The scariest thing of all is to imagine King writing a happy children’s book. This isn’t it: It’s nicely dark, never predictable and altogether entertaining.
...the distinction between belief and ritual, but if Ferris means to make a larger point about community, he doesn't fully pull it off. In the end, though, it's a problem that, if not minor, doesn't derail the book.
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.
"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.
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.
The rich and rippling fabric of Frog Music’s San Francisco, whose inhabitants barely get along under the best of circumstances, threatens to swallow up Blanche and her search...Research and invention together mark Frog Music with the ring of truth and salvage a fascinating story from the ether of history.
Glass's uneven new novel...centers around 40-year-old Kit Noonan, an unemployed college professor...This imperfect work will still reward loyal readers.
...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.
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.
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.
...Decoded seems an entirely original work – a mix of spy thriller, historical saga and mathematical puzzle that somehow coheres into a powerful whole.
...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.