Book Reviews

Black Op

Graphic violence pervades every page of Joshua Hood’s new Search and Destroy thriller

by Ralph Bowden

June 23, 2016 Independent, often misunderstood, and fiercely loyal Mason Kane returns in Warning Order, Joshua Hood’s second military-spy thriller. Hood will launch the novel at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on June 30, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 23 June 2016

Hornet’s Nest

A brother’s recklessness decimates his siblings’ inheritance in Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest

by Kathryn Justice Leache

June 22, 2016 In Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest, four middle-aged siblings allow the promise of a future windfall to wreak havoc on their lives. Sweeney will discuss her debut novel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 23, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A Demon-Haunted Land

In Julia Franks’s debut novel Over the Plain Houses, a Depression-era farm wife seeks solace in the wilderness

by Sean Kinch

June 16, 2016 In Julia Franks’s Over the Plain Houses, set in western North Carolina farm country in 1939, a married woman begins to fill the witching hours of night by roaming the wild hills surrounding her farm. Her husband, an evangelical preacher, becomes convinced that his once-pious wife has repudiated God. Franks will discuss Over the Plain Houses at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 23, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 16 June 2016

Glitter and Snark

In her new novel, Dorothea Benton Frank tattles on one-percenters behaving badly

by Faye Jones

June 9, 2016 Olivia Ritchie has a nice life. She’s madly in love with her husband, a professor who has just retired, and she has a rewarding career as an interior designer for the super-rich. Dorothea Benton Frank’s latest novel, All Summer Long, takes readers on a tour of the life of the one percent while also investigating what makes a happy marriage. Frank will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on June 13, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 9 June 2016

Throwback Thriller

A serial killer with a twisted agenda stalks Nashville in J.T. Ellison’s Taylor Jackson prequel, Field of Graves

by Kathryn Justice Leache

June 8, 2016 Field of Graves, a prequel to J.T. Ellison’s popular Taylor Jackson series, takes readers back in time for a serial-killer thriller with a side of juicy backstory. Ellison will appear with Heather Graham at the Green Hills Library in Nashville on June 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 8 June 2016

At the Top of His Game

With End of Watch, Stephen King combines detective fiction and the supernatural suspense of his early career

by Amy Greene

June 6, 2016 With End of Watch, Stephen King combines detective fiction and the supernatural suspense of his early career to great effect in the forms of mind control, body-swapping, and telekinesis, a la Carrie and Firestarter. King will discuss End of Watch at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on June 11, 2016, at 8 p.m.

Published Monday, 6 June 2016

Garden of Life

The poems in Linda Parsons’s This Shaky Earth whisper elusive truths of the heart

by Maria Browning

June 1, 2016 The poems in Linda Parsons’s This Shaky Earth take their material from the prosaic and the deeply personal, but there’s nothing narrow about them. Rich with all the mystery and complexity of human feeling, they often depict the pleasures of home darkened by troubled memories. Parsons will discuss This Shaky Earth at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 5, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Vive la Résistance!

French patriots fight Nazi occupation in Alan Furst’s new spy thriller

by Chris Scott

May 31, 2016 Alan Furst’s new novel, A Hero of France, portrays the dangers faced by the brave souls who elected to fight the Nazi occupation of France from the inside, where enemies were many and friends could not always be trusted. Furst will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 6, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Another Day in Dystopia

In The Last Star, the grim final installment of his grim 5th Wave trilogy, Rick Yancey pulls no punches

by Tina Chambers

May 26, 2016 The Last Star is the third and final installment of Rick Yancey’s dystopian YA series that began with the New York Times bestseller The 5th Wave. In the trilogy, sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan struggles to adapt when ordinary life is interrupted by the appearance of a spaceship. Yancey will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 4, 2016, at 2 p.m.m

Published Thursday, 26 May 2016

Not Every Apocalypse Has Zombies

In The Alliance, Jolina Petersheim considers faith in a time of apocalypse

by Faye Jones

May 25, 2016 Jolina Petersheim’s latest novel The Alliance, explores what it means to be moral when the world ends as you know it. While no zombies roam rural Montana, the residents of the Old Order Mennonite community there must face some hard choices that put their faith and their lives to the test. Jolina Petersheim will discuss The Alliance at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 25 May 2016

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