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How the Light Gets In

Louise Penny does a wonderful job of writing a novel with aspects that will appeal to fans of cozy mysteries, police procedurals and thrillers alike.


Byzantium

These are stories not too cool for their own good, stories told in clear and straightforward language; their forms and styles mask neither emptiness in thought nor emptiness in spirit. Reading these stories, one easily imagines Stroud researching his subjects, becoming an expert—if he’s not an expert, then he’s a damn good con man.


Snow Hunters: A Novel

Though the book is about the consequences of war, the ideas at work in Snow Hunters brilliantly translate to the broader experience of life.


The Daughters of Mars

Keneally's masterful command of detail is grounded in the nitty-gritty sleuthing that great historical fiction requires.


Cold Killing

If you like your crime fiction dark and twisted, and sometimes a little too twisted to be completely comfortable, then this book is most definitely for you!


Tampa

By the end of 'Tampa' the various arrangements of limbs and orifices have become fatiguing, any outrage long having dissipated.


Human Remains

Human Remains is a twisted but deliciously intense thriller, one that stands out thanks to being so completely unlike anything else I've read.


The Ghost Bride

In her debut, Yangsze Choo weaves a wonderful tale incorporating these and other elements of Malaya (Malaysia) and its culture (there's a great section in the back of the book outlining some of the different things she touches on throughout the story, too).


Fallen Land: A Novel

In Fallen Land, Flanery has given us a gripping thriller, and a superb portrayal of how ordinary men can veer into madness.


Brewster: A Novel

Slouka’s real triumph here is capturing the amber of grief, the way love and time have crystallized these memories into something just as gorgeous as it is devastating.


Emperor of Thorns

Mark Lawrence has written a brilliant and enthralling tale – a trilogy that has gripped from the first scene to the very last – and I, for one, can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.


Turn Around Bright Eyes

Even the sweetest moments in Turn Around Bright Eyes, which occur as he is falling in love with Ally, are quietly underscored by a prescient awareness that this very book will one day be a relic – that it has to be.


The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

Bogard’s message is emphatically not that we need to go back to the dark ages, but rather that we follow Jousse’s example and use light sparingly, sensitively and innovatively.


In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays

Roiphe’s writing, with its catchy style and vigorously expressed opinions, is entertaining, but her analytical skills are nothing like as profound as that proudly brandished doctorate in literature might lead one to hope.


The Interestings: A Novel

Meg Wolitzer’s eagerly awaited ninth novel, The Interestings, is an ambitious study of fall from grace.


The Panopticon: A Novel

Anais’s story is one of abandonment, loss, and redemption, well suited for a paranoid age in which society finds itself constantly under the microscope.


The Panopticon: A Novel

Fagan has given us one of the most spirited heroines to cuss, kiss, bite and generally break the nose of the English novel in many a moon.


The Panopticon: A Novel

The writing is harsh, graphic and sometimes difficult to get through in its attention to dialect, and though its raw exposure of foster care and the system is interesting, I never felt enough “story” to really relate to those within the walls of the Panopticon.


Visitation Street

A terrific story in the vein of Dennis Lehane's fiction.


Visitation Street

“Visitation Street” is urgent and feeling and so well told. Beautifully written, too.