With "The Silkworm" and "The Cuckoo's Calling," one might be tempted to say, Robert Galbraith has announced himself as a fresh voice in mystery fiction: part hard-boiled, part satiric, part poignant and part romantic.
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 doesn’t help us understand what actually happened in the past decade and how we might change policy for the better. The issues Eggers approaches may be serious, but their treatment is not.
As always, Furst is a master of atmosphere, re-creating those prewar days so vividly we can almost imagine that we, like the characters, operate in the dark at midnight, unaware of what happens next...
In her debut novel, Healey deftly evokes the frustrations of Maud and her daughter, both annoyed by Maud’s inability to remember...or the fact that she’s already alerted the police to Elizabeth’s absence four times...Healey also compassionately draws the landscape of Maud’s mind, layering the past over the present...
...without spoiling the fun of reading this excellent addition to King's growing list of mystery-thriller titles, there's even a small hint that the Mr. Mercedes show may go on — a scary thought indeed.
...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.
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour at times struggles to bear the weight of its conceit...but at its best it is enormously impressive: profoundly and humanely engaged with the mysteries of belief and disbelief, linguistically agile and wrongfooting, and dismayingly funny in the way that only really serious books can be.
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.
"Thunderstruck & Other Stories" never buckles under the weight of all this grief, though. Moments of joy and pure magic flicker and pitch-perfect humor acts as a furtive SOS signal through the fog of loss.
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.
Northanger Abbey is frequently thought of alongside Austen’s juvenilia. Too often, this oddly literal reimagining comes off as simply juvenile.
A wildly ambitious, darkly intellectual and inventive thriller about the intersection of language, technology and meaning.
Barr’s gift for depicting breathtaking scenery elevates the story, as does Anna’s complex, ever-evolving personality.
“The Ballad of a Small Player” forgoes Osborne’s gifts of social satire but retains his sense of dread and gift for gimlet-eyed metaphor: that old crone’s face “like an overripe peach...That’s not a bad description of the book itself, a vivid and feverish portrait of a soul in self-inflicted purgatorio.
Why Daphne keeps her secret in the 21st century is hard to fathom, and it’s just one of the creaking contrivances that fans of Glass’ empowering tear-jerkers will have to overlook.
Though Donoghue poses the book as a mystery — who killed Jenny Bonnet? — it's equally a celebration of love despite hardships galore, and the rising call of motherhood against near impossible odds.
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.
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.