June 25, 2020 Ottessa Moshfegh's latest isn't exactly a murder mystery, though there seems to be a mysterious murder. It's more a portrait of a woman gradually losing her mind, using the mystery to try to hang on.
May 20, 2020 Ivy Pochoda keeps up her focus on the overlooked and forgotten in her new novel. Here, it's a group of sex workers and club dancers whose lives are connected — and imperiled — by a serial killer.
February 1, 2020 C.J. Tudor's latest follows a man obsessed with proving his young daughter — supposedly killed in an accident — is still alive. It's atmospheric, but slightly shakier than Tudor's past books.
November 20, 2019 Johannes Anyuru's unusual speculative mystery They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears follows two seemingly ordinary (at first) Swedish citizens dealing with the aftermath of a shooting.
October 25, 2019 Le Carré's latest novel presents an aging, embittered spy dealing with multiple claims on his loyalties — and a challenger to his supremacy at badminton, a sport le Carré himself played and loves.
September 20, 2019 Attica Locke returns to the world of Highway 59 in Heaven, My Home, which finds Texas Ranger Darren Mathews dealing with the disappearance of the young son of an imprisoned white supremacist leader.
September 1, 2019 Minette Walters' sequel to The Last Hours finds her medieval villagers beginning to deal with the fact that they've survived the Black Death — and what that means for what's left of society.
July 27, 2019 In Jeremy Finley's followup to The Darkest Time of Night, too many plot threads tangle the story — but his strong, well-realized women are a welcome presence in this supernatural thriller.
July 4, 2019 In Howard Norman's new novel, a recently deceased man finds himself haunting his former home and observing the new owners, an academic and a private investigator who's searching for a missing child.
June 8, 2019 Anthony Horowitz's new Inspector Hawthorne mystery is a sometimes too-complex but ultimately fun tale set in and around London's literary scene, with plenty of axes to grind and nibs to sharpen.
May 21, 2019 Julia Phillips' debut novel takes readers through a year following the disappearance of two little girls in the remote Russian province of Kamchatka — and the way that disappearance reverberates.
April 27, 2019 Josh Malerman's latest imagines two towers full of boys and girls, raised in isolation and ignorance of the opposite sex, but spends too much time creating a world and not enough on its consequences.
April 6, 2019 Elizabeth Fremantle's twisty, deceptive new novel is based on the real-life story of the Earl and Countess of Somerset, who were convicted in the murder of a friend-turned-enemy in 1616.
March 30, 2019 Laila Lalami's new novel combines riveting police procedural with a sensitive examination of life in California's Mojave Desert region, told through a well-rendered choir of different voices.
February 28, 2019 Kate Quinn's new thriller puts women's experiences front and center in the story of a former Soviet "Night Witch" pilot chasing down an escaped Nazi known as The Huntress in the years after the war.