Fiction

For all the latest LJ reviews and more, visit Book Verdict! Book Verdict is fully accessible to all users, though certain content and functionality are only available to subscribers. If you're already an LJ subscriber, log in to your account. To view all subscription options, Get Started With Book Verdict Pro Today.

Things Are Not Always As They Seem: Bone-Chilling Thrillers

A gripping page turner, a satisfying mystery, and psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat; readers who love suspense, horror, and nail-biting-action have come to the right place

Walking with the Greats: 19th-Century Literature

Thought-provoking stories, poetry and interactions with some literary greats; readers that are interested in 19th-century literature and poetry will find more than what they are looking for in these two books

Fighting for Freedom: Abolition Fiction

Two novels with gripping stories and rich historical detail; readers interested in historical fiction and nail-biting adventures will find either one of these books a fascinating read

#Ownvoices | Collection Development: Race, Diversity, & Society

The complexity, history, and nuances of race in America mean a wealth of material could be identified as essential. A recent explosion of titles plus classics document the multiplicity of the American experience.

Top Story Collections: A Quintet of Award-Winning Women Authors

It is difficult to single out a few stories in a collection as good as Hadley’s; Hall deserves a closer look for her beguiling collection; Hunt admirers will find much to love; Lively’s gifts have only ripened with age; if readers are meeting Simpson for the first time, these engaging selections are an excellent place to begin

Comics Cross Over | Genre Spotlight: Graphic Novels

In our Genre Spotlight, the most exciting new offerings in graphic novels don’t conform easily to expectations.

Coming of Age in Apartheid-era South Africa | Debut Spotlight

South African–born, Toronto-based first novelist Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words tells the absorbing coming-of-age story of nine-year-old Robin Conrad. Living as a young white girl in Apartheid-era South Africa, Robin forms a new family after losing her own.

Novel New Directions: Fresh Takes on the Literary Mashup | RA Crossroads

Begin with Theodore Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, a smart, engrossing, and multilayered read in which characters lay claim to both their past and future.

Nina George | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Nina George’s The Little French Bistro conveys the mysteries of life and love through the inter­actions among the inhabitants of that small Breton town. A resident of both Berlin and Brittany, George graciously answered a few questions LJ posed to her via email.

Fiction: Beattie, Brookmyre, Conroy, DePalo, the Hammers, James, MacColl, Moggach, Waters, More | Xpress Reviews

A medieval tale; Beattie’s welcome stories; Jack Parlabane races against the clock; Conroy’s impressive literary fiction; DePalo hits a lot of right notes; a solid Scandinavian noir; Holohan’s debut is elegantly written; Conroy is totally satisfying; MacColl’s historical fiction is a perfect fit; a darker Moggach; a heaping dose of scientific and historical intrigue; and overpowering pieces from Waters