LJ Fiction Reviews: May 1, 2017

Creech’s vividly descriptive and candid narrative gifts readers a timeless tale; gentle humor and evocative prose illuminate these characters’ need for a Refuge; Elsberg sucks readers into a mind-boggling, all too scary world; Goldberg’s Sherlock Holmes pastiche is pitch-perfect; a suspenseful, original, and confident debut to please fans of the hard-boiled PI genre

LJ Talks to First Novelist Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon is debut novelist Benjamin Ludwig’s beautifully told story of a 14-year-old autistic girl, whose troubled past threatens her loving family’s fierce determination to keep her safe.

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