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.
...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.
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.
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...
You can practically hear King rubbing his hands together as Holly jostles herself into the center of the action, playing a critical role in the investigation but also, more substantially, providing the nerve, drive and jittery heart of the novel.
...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.
...it is often hilarious, alarmingly insightful about a particular historical moment, and Jewish. But what Ferris has that Elkin had is the keen ability to traverse the high wire of satire and lyricism, to at once write a sentence that can drop a reader’s jaw, then make them giggle in the next.
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.
...she uses this mourning to show us, again and again, just how proximate joy is to its antithesis...In this restorative, unforgettable collection, she allows that paradox to go both ways.
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.
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.
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.
“And the Dark Sacred Night” echoes a culture that has taken perhaps too many photos of itself near bodies of water, grouped around roasted birds...a pre-formatted, self-congratulatory notion of family. What Glass doesn’t get at is the monster cage match — the raw power of love, ignition of nerves...
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.
...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 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.
Thomas and Graham do an effective job of translating Veronica into yet another new medium, one that will only increase the ranks of Marshmallows.
Once again, Coben has brilliantly used a current trend, in this case Internet dating, to create a can’t-put-it-down thriller.