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Kirkus Reviews : Unlovely (January 02, 2015)

Recommended for those who want more than just a romance—or for readers who have an innate dislike for slender, graceful young women with long legs and necks and great posture.

Plain Killing
Kirkus Reviews : Plain Killing (December 30, 2014)

Miller’s second book about Rachel pushes the mystery aside to give vibrancy to the world of Stone Mill and urgency to Rachel’s dilemma.

Irene: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy
Bookreporter : Irene (January 03, 2015)

The cat-and-mouse game gathers tension as the book progresses. The twists and turns of the plot, which is tightly written, will keep readers on the edge of their seats. That may be a cliché, but in this case it is true.

The Convert's Song: A Novel

Mercer and Pescatore provide both heart and heartbreak, the music that brings this powerful novel to life.

The Rosie Effect: A Novel

That these books are as funny and charming and often touching as they are is a tribute to the skill with which they're written.

Killing Kennedy

Inside that fairytale story, the one we all know (or think we know), there’s tons of information.

Ugly Girls

Only when Hunter escapes the safety of local color and embraces the raw and risky does "Ugly Girls" shine darkly, as ugly as she wants to be.

Soul of the Fire

One of the most moving mysteries of the year.

Her: A Novel

"Her" thrives in its psychological investigations.

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

"Silver Screen Fiend" (multiple fonts and sizes, including footnotes) is a trip through Oswalt's past and his love of film, a twofold chronicle of underground comedy and gluttonous cinematic consumption.

Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel

Millet’s writing — witty, colorful, sometimes poetic — is, line by line, a joy to read, and her storytelling is immensely compelling. But there’s always an equally compelling philosophical discussion humming beneath everything.


Nicholls is a deft craftsman, a skilled storyteller and a keen observer of contemporary mores.

The Bully of Order

Between the pickpockets, orphans and street urchins, Hart has created a Dickensian portrait of the barely settled Pacific Northwest that rewards the stout of heart.

To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party

“To Make Men Free” proffers a readable and provocative account of the many paths that Republicans have taken to their current state of confusion.

The Happiest People in the World: A Novel

Clarke’s work can be seen as a continuing investigation into American haplessness; his characters are forever powerless against their own worst impulses, and against the vicissitudes of fate.

Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism

“Citizen Coke” began as a dissertation, and its points are lucid and logically presented; the language is accessible, and punchy chapter endings propel the story.

The Ploughmen

Though Zupan sometimes over-laminates a sentence, “The Ploughmen” is a dark and imaginative debut.

The Hollow Land

“The Hollow Land” is a beautiful little book about how people live, in families and in communities and in one particular patch of world.

Noontide Toll: Stories

“Noontide Toll” succeeds as a sort of elegy, both for its narrator and for the old Sri Lanka.

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

Ms. Hawkins keeps all these fibs, threats and innuendoes swirling through her book, to the point where they frighten and undermine each of her characters.