Fiction

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Fiction from Dekker, Eden, Jeong, North, Talley, and Thomas, plus Lagos Noir | Xpress Reviews

Dekker’s many fans will be lining up for this profound and multilayered allegorical tale; readers will particularly enjoy the banter between Evangeline and Dermot; a taut psychological thriller; will satisfy both the fan of contemporary African fiction; the dense slow-to-start plot carries through to the end; Talley does an excellent job of making her flawed characters vastly more gray than black and white; stitching in several threads of mystery, Thomas hits another winner with this latest romance

Fiction from Andrews, Roberts, Ware, and Debuter Thomas | Xpress Reviews

Mainly for Andrews’s fans; Roberts does an excellent job of creating sympathetic and relatable characters with real-life problems; Thomas writes with confident verve and a gift for expressive dialog; Ware’s fourth novel is her best yet

Timely Debuts from Markely, Rojas Contreras, Meyerson, & Weisman; Edge-of-Your-Seat Thrills from Del Árbol, Nugent, Griffiths | Fiction: May 1, 2018

Johnson’s gem of a novel tells of a place and its people so vivid that readers won’t want their stories to end; Meyerson’s sweet debut is filled with family, love, and healing; the coveted book of summer, Weisberger’s latest is sure to be in high demand; the latest addition to Griffiths’s “Ruth Galloway” series is one of the best; fans of CWA Gold Dagger Award–winning series will dive into the scrum of Herron’s fifth outing; once again, Kepnes explores love and devotion on the fringes

Fiction from Jennings, Jump, Kidd, Koontz, Pötzsch, Torras, and Widger, plus a Quartet of Debuts | Xpress Reviews

An eye-opening and rewarding debut; a finely tuned, knife-edge thriller with two equally unflinching women; Nora finds her place in her own life as well as within her bustling Irish Catholic family; a fine Irish feast for the literary crowd; for fans who appreciate a fierce female protagonist; for readers whose tastes range from high literary to smart urban fiction; an action-packed adventure; neither a dystopian nor sunny view of our tech-mediated future; language that’s quick and bruising, sharp-edged and relentless; complicated relationships, imperfect technology, and a semidystopian backstory

Shore Bets | Fiction Reviews

A perfect beach book, pleasurable at any time, is a sophisticated portrayal of subtle class warfare; A compassionate tale of how people grow and change after loss

Travel Fiction | Fiction Reviews

An insightful study of loss, grief, and the possibility of romance after; A thoroughly engaging fairy tale for adults

L. Penelope Launches New Series with Major Publisher | Debut Spotlight

L. Penelope’s Song of Blood & Stone, winner of the 2016 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Publishing Award and the first book in the author’s “Earthsinger Chronicles” series, finds a new home with publisher St. Martin’s.

Madeline Miller’s Circe: Perpetual Outsider, Powerful God | No. 1 LibraryReads Author

Like her Orange Prize–winning The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s Circe revitalizes our appreciation of ancient Greek mythology and its profound insights into human nature, never mind its basis in the antics of the gods.

Fiction from Abbott, Andrews, Barron, Hall, Hart, and McCarthy, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

Strongly recommended for fans of suspense and enthusiasts of the short form; a baffling and intriguing science thriller that is part Tom Clancy with a dash of Michael Crichton; Barron delivers a fine first entry in the noir genre; for readers who appreciate twisted, unlikable characters; a must-read for fans of sf-based mysteries; fast-paced with an unexpected ending, this novel has everything fans of the genre could want

LJ Fiction, Sf/Fantasy, Romance | Review Alert, April 15, 2018

A solid recommendation for historical fiction readers; a stunning, gritty story of survival that unfolds with raw emotion on every page; complex, intense, and engrossing, this riveting romantic thriller has a chilling gothic touch; a work of tremendous ambition, strangeness, and compassion that will appeal to fans of New Weird authors; Willis packs a punch with this slim novella