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

Fiction from Brown, Bussi, Deaver, and Leigh, plus a Trio of Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Fast-paced action from Beck; Bell’s psychological thriller is impossible to put down; for sf readers who like to see plucky heroes fight impossible odds; a psychological drama that is at times overwrought but always suspenseful; Deaver cranks out another convoluted narrative; will also appeal to readers who like their romantic suspense with a bit on the criminal side; a slow read, with too many side stories that are never fully developed

Fiction from Dazieri, Fox, Mackintosh, Margolin, O’Flanagan, and St. James, plus Debuter Hunter | Xpress Reviews

Damaged characters struggle amid blood and guts to discover the truth behind horrific events; for those who enjoy gritty, graphic mysteries; a multilayered British debut police procedural will hook readers; readers will draw parallels to other authors famous for their plot twists; this essential women’s fiction read is a page-turner that does not disappoint; just creepy enough to keep readers satisfyingly on edge

E-Originals from Flockton & Marsden, Moore, and First-Timer Ash | Xpress Reviews

In the midst of the #MeToo movement and a lack of celebrity privacy, no romance could be more apropos for exploring these issues; recommended for readers who enjoy short and spicy sports-centered romance; this unhurried story features appealing protagonists and a slow-simmering romance

Fiction from Abrahamson, Gardiner, Harrison, and Purcell, with Debuter Ackerman | Xpress Reviews

Fans of quirky setups and international settings will find food for thought; strong female friendships and an unusual World War II home front setting; Gardiner’s chilling follow-up to UNSUB puts readers into the mind of a Ted Bundy–type murderer; the authentic historical detail and plot twists make this mystery difficult to put down; a must for all lovers of Gothic literature

E-Originals from the Duo of Flockton & Owen, plus Debuter Adhara | Xpress Reviews

Adhara’s debut novel is an old-fashioned thriller with a few twists that fans of shifter romances will enjoy; overtly safe yet compelling sex, witty dialog, and paranormal action make this a winner

Fiction from Ben-David, Coben, Handler, McBride, and Debuter Swann | Xpress Reviews

Ben-David knows Mossad to its core; longtime readers will be lining up for Coben’s new stand-alone; a surprisingly subtle exploration of sexual ethics; Realism with a touch of magical realism; a moving coming-of-age story with a noir twist; Alderman is not recommended

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.

MILFs, Monarchs, Miller, Makers, Murder, & More | What We’re Reading & Watching

The “What We’re Reading & Watching” crew covers a lot of ground this first week of May, with gladiators, queens, playwrights, golden girls, animators, and MILFs, plus Giancarlo Esposito & Roxane Gay!

Fiction from Blauner, Chamberlin, Hamilton, Herron, London, Nakamura, Shaara, Swinson, More | Xpress Reviews

Blauner’s first novel in more than ten years was worth the wait; Daily’s debut is good for those looking for a fluffy, fun summer read; aficionados of Gregg Hurwitz will quickly become Hamilton fans; London’s third “Highland Grooms” title is enchanting; Nakamura is for those who like their fiction dark; Shaara offers much to enjoy; Swinson delivers a superb second series installment