Spring Fiction in Translation: Top Stories from Around the World

Altan’s U.S. debut is both an absorbing thriller and an intensive novel of ideas; luscious and affirmative work both the serious-minded and the lighthearted can enjoy; a well-constructed example of literary/commercial crossover that will prickle readers

Fiction from Chang, Everett, Higgins, and Starred Debuter Rio | Xpress Reviews

Chang’s eighth novel is recommended for all readers of intelligent crime fiction; Everett taps into the gossipy small-community culture; imagery of the lonely Ananke roaming the solar system will stick with readers; in this strong and assured first novel, Rio crafts an intricate story about friendship, love, and betrayal

Not What They Imagined: Dystopian Worlds

Jennie Melamed’s debut Gather the Daughters creates a beautiful suspense-filled world while Forever On creates a clever exposition of how the cyberworld of social media operates

Kept in the Shadows: Swedish Noir

Not for the faint-of-heart, both books will engage the reader in viscerally haunting experiences full of fast-paced action and terror

Innocent Until Proven Guilty: Legal Dramas

These two books pack a punch; full of suspense and non-stop action, readers who enjoy courtroom dramas with twist and turns around every corner will want to add both books to their collection

You Never Know What Lies Beneath: Twisty Thrillers

Twisty thrillers, sustained suspense, and nail-biting tension make any one of these books fantastic reads for those who love a good page turner

The Dark Is Rising | Wyatt’s World

Even as daylight lingers longer each evening, many releases of early spring are plenty dark. Here are five examples, ranging from true crime to debut thrillers to the current “it” book.

Fiction from Kilpack and Debuter Mehta | Xpress Reviews

Kilpack’s characters solidly acknowledge the power of faith and redemption yet are able to follow their own moral compass—another gentle winner; Mehta’s time-hopping narrative ultimately proves distracting and disappointing both

LJ Fiction Reviews: April 15, 2017

A highly recommended work for those who can accept a number of coexisting realities; Cole’s new series launch sees courageous, passionate protagonists fight for justice, freedom, and the right to love; McGuire’s smartly written, fairy-tale novella is everything speculative fiction readers look for

Fiction from Irby, Laukkanen, and McMahon | Xpress Reviews

Irby delivers a story that is comic, mystifying, and ominous, but never, not for one second, boring; short, heart-pounding chapters move Laukkanen’s story along quickly; Burntown redeems itself in the end with an intriguing mystery that will delight reading groups