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.
Once again, Coben has brilliantly used a current trend, in this case Internet dating, to create a can’t-put-it-down thriller.
Suspenseful yet routine, with oversized bogeymen who seem more menacing than they really are, ethical dilemmas that dissolve under pressure and an ending that tests your tolerance for coincidence. Below average for this splendid yet checkered series.
All superb storytelling aspects combine to make Concealed in Death another intellectually engaging and emotionally satisfying novel. Loyal readers will finish Concealed in Death eager for volume 39.
Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.
The plot is every bit the thrill ride it sounds like. But the best part is that you don't have to feel too guilty about it. The operatives and lowlifes alike are well drawn.
There are a couple of things I like about Harry. He's human; he has foibles, baggage and a few mental problems. He's also a digger and refuses to accept the obvious answer...This makes a good police procedural even if it shows a hard side of life. Nobody is innocent in this story; some just aren't guilty.
Although narrated by a five-year-old girl, The Bear is really a novel about the anxiety of parenthood. It is sending kids off to their first day of school, or watching them leave for college, pushed to the furthest extreme. It’s about allowing children to explore a world that can hurt them...
Harris perfectly captures the rampant anti-Semitism that led to Dreyfus’s scapegoating, and effectively uses the present tense to lend intimacy to the narrative.
There might be a metaphor or two here to help with understanding the feel of Oates' new novel. Roller coaster, demon-twister. Here she is, over 40 novels in, still throwing her shoulder again and again, trying to break down the door between us and the truth about family and the varieties of love and madness in American life.
Not much mystery and even less poison, but it’s hard to resist either the genre’s pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family.
As it is, we have here a classic novel of ideas, written in the form of a dialogue between an unnamed psychoanalyst and Andrew, a depressive who may also be bipolar and schizophrenic.
Evidently inspired by 1980s cyberpunk and movies like Strange Days, Sternbergh...adds nothing new to a near-future scenario in which the narrator, despite his insistence on strict moral standards, is little better than the book’s bad guys.
Gardner repeatedly ratchets up the tension while the strange relationship between the two mismatched siblings leads to a deadly climax.
A polished professional like Ms. Krentz always delivers excellent writing and in this case it is backed by an interesting, enticing story and absorbing mystery. If you are a fan of romantic suspense at all this book is a must read.
At its core, Innocence is nothing more than a stifling, sluggish retread of Beauty and the Beast...This isn’t the Dean R. Koontz behind heartfelt page-turners like Watchers, Lightning, or Strangers. This is latter-day Dean Koontz, a master of treading narrative water.
What has long provided the authenticity that gives credibility to Clancy’s work is his hands-on knowledge of modern weapons and the men and women who use them...Mark Greaney, his co-author on “Command Authority,” continued Clancy’s self-education in battle realities.
..."The Gods of Guilt" is first and foremost a propulsive, engaging legal thriller that for sheer courtroom drama surpasses the bestselling "The Fifth Witness," which earned Connelly the 2012 Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction.
Grandma Mazur is the only person who seems like herself here. Everyone else is just a distracted footnote. My main beef is that, and add to it the ending to both scenarios. It seems a little contrived.
Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series.