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.
This book...has the added drama of extended family. Both Ria and Landry are dealing with some of that and that always makes life a bit more exciting. It was a good conclusion to the series.
While the outcome is never in doubt, the woman’s meeting with Lucian in the present day holds more than one surprise.
It’s a too-familiar — and depressing — tale that finds a fresh interpretation from the pen of Philipp Meyer.
An entertainment—and an achievement even more than a curiosity, yet another facet of Guthrie’s multiplex talents.
Coplin's prose is fresh and compelling, bringing Talmadge and the other characters to vivid life.
Really glaring are the absence of reasons why Joslyn loves Slade and why he loves her. Heated love scenes have never been Miller’s forte, but this book flattens them to cyphers.
Ford writes the kind of marooned-on-a-desert-island books that force you to question why you need to read anyone else (answer: Alice Munro). Again and again, his characters ask us to regard contradictions as plain common sense.
Something of an odd couple at the outset, Long and Longmire pull together as the complex investigation deepens. Tough, resourceful and quietly funny, as always.
A well-rendered neoclassic tale of the Old West, worthy of a place alongside Lonesome Dove and Sea of Grass
While the worldbuilding is thin and frequently nonsensical, this grotesque and bloody construction of a vampire world will appeal to readers who've been craving gore over romance with their vampires.
"Boleto" doesn't take many chances, but this final discovery is surprisingly touching and bittersweet.
He’s a stylist of forward motion, placing narrative acceleration above inconveniences like pronouns and helping verbs...newcomers may find the transition from complete sentences daunting...
Maupin's alternately playful and sentimental tales depict an all-too-easily satirized population of transients and toffs living in and around San Francisco.
The Terror Of Living describes how the misery heaps onto the players fighting over a sharply decreasing share of profit, without dehumanizing their thoughts in order to favor those who are chasing them.
It's a strong story related to the reader by the omniscient narrator, told in a way reminiscent of fairy tales or spiritual texts like the Bible or Koran.
Walls’ telling of her story makes you want to live a life that someone will remember, that someone will find significant enough to write about.
And so In Cold Blood becomes and absorbing, multi-faceted, mid-twentieth century reworking of Crime And Punishment. The crucial difference...In Cold Blood explores the social and the contextual alongside the psychological.
The prose is clear and – as befitting the subject matter – pared down to often brutal effect. This is an austere world of emotional expediency and personal sacrifice...
Many serious studies have been made of the trials; this novel comes as near the sense of truth as any of them.