Reviews and Blog Posts: Thriller

One kick : a novel

by Chelsea Cain

Reviewer Rating:
4

A wonderfully pulpy thriller that I couldn't help but read in one sitting. Kick was abducted as a child and spent five years with a "family" of pedophiles. Her return to her family at the age of 11 was a national sensation.  Since then, she has spent the last 10...

Innocence a novel

by Dean R. (Dean Ray) Koontz

Reviewer Rating:
5

Addison Goodheart lives a life of isolation, rarely leaving his underground living space before dark. He believes himself to be horrifically disfigured and wears a hood covering his head and a ski mask. Those who have looked up on him have wanted to kill him out of fright. One night...

The Martian : a novel

by Andy Weir

Reviewer Rating:
5

This fast-paced, high tension debut novel had me breathless at times, laughing at others. Astronaut  (and mechanical engineer, and botanist) Mark Watney has been abandoned on Mars after a scrubbed mission, presumed dead. He has some supplies, shelter, some food. But not enough of any of it to last until...

Heresy

by S. J. Parris

Reviewer Rating:
3

An engaging historical thriller. I thought the drama was a bit over the top, at times, but an enjoyable read, nonetheless. I'm not much for thrillers in general, but the historical aspect definitely drew me in. This novel follows heretical priest, Giordano Bruno, as he flees the inquisition in Italy...

The big exit

by David Carnoy

Reviewer Rating:
3

Rick Forman recently got out of prison.  He’s been away for seven years, serving time for vehicular homicide.  He always claimed he wasn’t the one driving.  He says his best friend, Mark MacGregor, was behind the wheel.  While Rick was in prison, Mark married the woman who had been Rick’s...

Savage run

by C. J Box

Reviewer Rating:
3

This is an early entry into Box's popular Joe Pickett series. Pickett is a Wyoming game warden who, in this mystery/thriller, gets caught up in a war between environmental activists and extreme ranchers. I liked the shifting perspectives, and the descriptions of the Wyoming landscape, the plot moved along at...

Num8ers

by Rachel Ward

Reviewer Rating:
4

Jem is a teenager with an unusual ability.  She can look into someone’s eyes and see the date they will die.  Jem doesn’t like to look at people.  It’s too difficult to know how long they will live.

Jem has always been an outsider with a difficult life.  Jem’s mother died...

Rage against the dying

by Becky Masterman

Reviewer Rating:
5

Brigid Quinn is 59, retired from the FBI, and hoping to put the secrets and lies of her past behind her as she settles into life with her new husband Carlo in Tuscon. When someone confesses to being the Route 66 killer--and the murderer of Quinn's young protegee--Quinn again finds...

Black helicopters

by Blythe Woolston

Reviewer Rating:
4

Valkyrie (Valley) White is 15. She believes the government killed her family. She has a bomb strapped to her chest. This tension filled book puts you into Valley's mind, giving you a glimpse of how a 15 year old girl can end up a suicide bomber. She grew up in...

Spiral : a novel

by Paul McEuen

Reviewer Rating:
5
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This was a page-turner! An elderly, beloved fungus specialist at Cornell leaps to his death in the gorge. No one can believe it is suicide. Might it be related to his work with biological weapons World War II? The professor's granddaughter and a younger colleague start digging and what they...

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