Sophomore Triumphs | The Reader’s Shelf, October 15, 2016

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Second novels can be tricky. Will the buzz surrounding a first splash be repeated, or will that sophomore effort turn out to be a one-hit wonder? Here are six titles that shine as much as the debuts that preceded them.

Fiction from Dutton, Hamilton, Hearn, Sykes, plus a Debut and Tolkien! | Xpress Reviews

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The complex mind of a woman ahead of her time; a refreshing look at ordinary lives; a thrilling, fast-paced fantasy with plot twists; this debut novel’s vignette form may be difficult to follow; the mission to rid the land of the Butcher Bird is vastly entertaining; Tolkien’s early work is valuable for its historical significance

Fresh Voices in Fiction: Anderson, Carr, Freeman, Jackman, Lester, van den Berg, Yoerg, & Others | Debut Fiction, January 2015

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Freeman’s debut is thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended; Rider brings us convincingly into the life of a band on the road; van den Berg presents a frighteningly plausible near-future dystopia grounded in human elements; Yoerg’s debut leaves readers wanting more.

Sykes’s Debut of the Month, with Gates, Thomas, Eurocrime, and New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, January 2015

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Sykes adds an intricate and intriguing debut to the ever-widening pool of medieval-era mysteries; an unusual (and real) setting from Gates; Thomas does not disappoint; Neuhaus manages a large cast of characters while skillfully executing plot twists.