“TR deputized Hay to investigate the accident . . . or was it an attempted assassination?”
“an intense and action-packed roller-coaster ride of emotions that is filled with loads of political and religious suspense.”
“an intriguing and tightly written drama, pointing out as it does that what one wishes to be true, and what actually is the truth don’t always mesh.”
“Aoife’s poignant and endearing story will linger long after the final pages. This family-forward debut is one to be savored and shared.”
“An Old Man’s Game doesn’t just offer light entertainment, though there is plenty of that.
“With the added components of mystery and suspense, this in-depth thriller is sure to keep one gasping.”
“In Rick Cahill, Coyle has created a deeply flawed, but eminently sympathetic, protagonist.
“Anyone is a mostly satisfying read that will keep you turning pages into the night.”
“Dread Journey is one of the best examples of suspense you will ever find in a crime fiction novel. Ever. Guaranteed.”
"There are enough red herrings and all-too-human flubs in the detecting to keep suspense high and resolution impossible to the very end.
“Tursten’s books present the Swedish setting as if it were a character, in rich, active detail.
“thanks to the author’s skill, the plot is tight, the scenario plausible, and the narrative tidy and intelligent, conveyed with a wry undertone throughout.”
“A compelling read with an intricate plot, a strong setting, and characters so real they are almost live human beings . . .”
“Simpson’s depiction of the south after the Civil War is chilling, with lynchings, beatings, voodoo, and hidden secrets sprinkled throughout that keep us turning the pages.”
Writing good historical fiction is a particular challenge. Not only must an author craft a good story, they have to get the history correct, especially the mood and setting for the plot.
“Wilson has fashioned a good follow up to Crichton’s Andromeda Strain. It’s a fast read and well-constructed.
“as the story progresses, the reader finds not merely a mystery but the story of a family cursed to have history repeat itself not once, but three times.”
“an entertainingly vivid, blood-soaked, sexually charged page turner.”
Not every novel has to feel like a novel. Global literature is, arguably, all the better for works that broke every rule and succeeded.
“Hints of magic and the dark atmosphere of an isolated island create a compelling environment for a mystery.”
Baldacci’s legions of fans will probably love this book, but new readers will find it lacking in too many of the requisite storytelling skills.
John Connolly’s recent book, A Book of Bones, is difficult reading for several reasons—its extreme length, its wandering story arc, and its disappearing protagonist, just to name a few.
“As with all other Bess Crawford mysteries, this one is historically accurate, entertainingly written, and thoroughly enjoyable.”
“Those Who Came Before is a tale built on the ‘sins of the fathers’ premise, hinting that DNA may carry more than eye color and an ethnic background.
“Heaven, My Home is a well-wrought novel in the hands of a master storyteller.”