The Only Child, by Mie-Ae Seo
February 16, 2020 Mi-Ae Seo's novel has a great premise: The Bad Seed meets The Silence of the Lambs. But this tale of a psychologist and her creepy stepdaughter is hampered by its structure and stilted, strange prose.
Night Theater, by Vikram Paralkar
January 25, 2020 Vikram Paralkar's novel takes place over one eventful night at a clinic in a small Indian village, where three murdered people confront a doctor; if he can treat their wounds, they'll live again.
October 28, 2019 Karina Sainz Borgo's novel follows a woman dealing with the death of her mother while trying to escape the violence and scarcity gripping Venezuela — an anarchy the book presents in shocking detail.
September 28, 2019 There's not much plot in Argentinean author Sergio Chejfec's novel — and what happens might be imaginary. But if you accept the story's dream logic, it will leave you both dazed and pleased.
August 24, 2019 Rokuro Inui's mosaic novel is set in a lush alternate Japan, full of cricket fighting tournaments, beautiful automata and intricate webs of plot and counter-plot around the mysterious Eve.
August 12, 2019 Yoko Ogawa's novel takes place on a small island were objects — flowers, photographs, boats — are disappearing, and the mysterious "memory police" work to make sure they're eternally forgotten.
May 26, 2019 Agnete Friis' new novel takes place in flashbacks, jumping between the present and a rural Danish farm during the summer of 1978 — a seemingly idyllic time, until two people go missing.
April 21, 2019 Ilaria Tuti's crime thriller, set in the mountains of northern Italy, stars a classic odd couple of cops: A gruff, aging, unhealthy veteran detective and her young whippersnapper of a partner.
March 6, 2019 Niklas Natt och Dag's new novel is both ornate period piece — set in the grit and grime of late-18th-century Stockholm — and riveting murder mystery starring a mismatched pair of proto-gumshoes.
January 28, 2019 Un-Su Kim's novel about competing guilds of assassins in Seoul, South Korea, is billed as a mashup of Tarantino and Camus, but our reviewer says the reality is somewhat more Camus and less compelling.
January 19, 2019 Marc Fernandez' noir has fascinating elements — a crusading journalist, a trans detective, and the tragic real-life snatching of thousands of babies in Franco-era Spain — but ultimately falls flat.
November 24, 2018 Amparo Dávila is often described as Mexico's answer to Shirley Jackson, and The Houseguest -- her first collection to be translated into English --radiates a sense of unease and calamity.
November 10, 2018 Hye-young Pyun's new novel, about an exterminator on a work trip to a nameless dystopian country, has overtones of Kafka, Stephen King and J.G. Ballard. It's grim, it's gross, and it's unputdownable.
August 15, 2018 Polish author Olga Tokarczuk's new collection is a cabinet of curiosities — surreal, loosely connected stories about the human body, about movement, about two-headed calves and saints' relics.
June 30, 2018 Sometimes it seems like authors of color are relegated to writing about nothing but suffering, says author Silvia Moreno-Garcia. But we all need a taste of happiness — starting with these five books.