Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala (Contemporary Novel, 2018). This powerful and often engrossing novel is Iweala’s third novel. His first (Beasts of No Nation) was particularly and widely acclaimed, winning multiple awards and literary prizes. He’s a graduate of both Harvard University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He splits his time between […]Read more "REVIEWED: Speak No Evil"
White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht (Historical/Contemporary Novel, 2018). Korean-American Mary Lynn Bracht’s first novel is the compelling, tragic yet love-infused story of two sisters caught up in and separated by the cruelty of modern war. In 1943, Hana is 16 and Emi is several years younger, living in a coastal village on the Korean island […]Read more "REVIEWED: White Chrysanthemum"
Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley (Crime/Mystery Novel, Feb. 2018). Mosley, the best-selling author of the Easy Rawlins series, a multiple award winner and a recognized Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, here unleashes yet another very strong crime/mystery story. Joe King Oliver, the book’s first-person narrator, was a New York […]Read more "REVIEWED: Down the River unto the Sea"
The Night Trade by Barry Eisler (Crime Fiction, 2018). This violent and effective revenge book is the latest in a series centered on Livia Lone, a police detective specializing in sex-crime cases in Seattle. A victim of human trafficking and sex abuse herself from age 13, she has a lot of issues (to put it mildly). […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Night Trade"
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (Science Fiction Novel, 2017). This impressive first novel takes the aspects of a very familiar science fictional trope and uses them as metaphor for the exploration of past and present-day injustices. The trope in question is the generational spaceship, fleeing an Earth ruined by human greed and/or stupidity at relativistic […]Read more "REVIEWED: An Unkindness of Ghosts"
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (Psychological Thriller, 2017). On the surface, Meghan has a pretty wonderful life. She’s married to a handsome and successful sportscaster. She has two lovely kids and is pregnant with a third. Plus she’s beautiful, elegant and well-educated, and she writes one of the most popular ‘Mummy’ blogs in all […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Secrets She Keeps"
Penhale Wood by Julia Thomas (Mystery Novel, 2017). This new mystery is about a cold case and has a pronounced focus on the motivations, psychologies and obsessions of its characters (even the relatively minor ones). It will definitely appeal to readers who like a multi-layered narrative with subplots, some only tenuously connected to the case itself. […]Read more "REVIEWED: Penhale Wood"