It’s rare that a thriller comes along with a truly unique premise. Nearly every conceivable scenario has been done to death at this point, but with The Chain author Adrian McKinty has come up with an idea that is both completely new and utterly diabolical.
Writing an oral history for an imaginary rock band can’t be easy, but author Taylor Jenkins Reid handles the task with aplomb in Daisy Jones & The Six.
Summer can often be seen as the time for easy, fun, escapist reading. The latest from Colson Whitehead certainly is not that. Don’t get me wrong, the writing style has enough of a pop-sensibility and the plot is suspenseful enough to keep readers turning the pages, but knowing that this story is based on a very-real place, makes the subject matter far from easy.
2019 is shaping up to be the year of the short story, as it has seen one impressive collection after another arrive on our shelves. How does this one measure up?
In Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Overstory, there is a character who has dedicated her life to the study of trees and discovers that they are capable of communicating with each other. While this may sound fantastic, there is a growing amount of real science behind the idea, and I had been very curious about it ever since having read the book last year.
Poet Ocean Vuong’s semi-autobiographical debut novel has been one of the most anticipated releases of the Summer, having been written up in glowing terms in nearly every major publication in advance of its release.
Few genres are better suited to the short story format than horror, and this latest collection by author Nathan Ballingrud is a perfect example of why.