‘Raised in Captivity’ reveals author’s warped imagination

Chuck Klosterman seems like a great hang. He’s the guy at the party who has everyone spitting out their drinks as they laugh while trying to swallow

‘Last Witnesses’ offers children’s memories of WWII

Does anyone suffer more in wartime than a child? All they know is at risk — parents, siblings, neighbors, homes, schools, even pets. All too soon they

A vile conspiracy is taken down in novel ‘Big Sky’

Former soldier and policeman Jackson Brodie, who last appeared nine years ago in "Started Early, Took My Dog," makes his long-anticipated return in Kate Atkinson's new novel, "Big

Barron’s ‘Black Mountain’ stars his ex-mob enforcer

“You don’t teach a child to become a killer by rote lectures,” he writes. “To create a predatory machine, you foster an appreciation of the natural world and

Neither fire nor fury for Wolff’s new Trump book

The sequel to Michael Wolff’s million-selling “Fire and Fury” is not attracting the same kind of interest, not even from President Donald Trump. NPD BookScan reported

A detective pursues justice in ‘One Small Sacrifice’

Photojournalist Alex Traynor lost his friend Cori to suicide a year ago. Detective Sheryn Sterling tried very hard to prove that Traynor pushed Cori off a ledge

‘Chasing the Moon’ takes a look at the history of rocketry

Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America into the Space Age (Ballantine Books), by Robert Stone and Alan Andres This

The creator of ‘Hannibal’ returns with new monster

In Thomas Harris’ new novel, Cari Mora escaped a violent past and now lives in Miami. She can stay in the United States thanks to a temporary

Molly Dektar takes writerly look at allure of cults

From the very first few pages of her debut novel about a cult, “The Ash Family,” author Molly Dektar’s substantial writing chops are abundantly clear. “The

Jennifer McMahon’s ‘The Invited’ is a powerful novel

Jennifer McMahon again proves that the modern ghost story is more than things that go bump in the night. It hinges on reality, slowly building to a

Tembi Locke’s ‘From Scratch’ is a gorgeous read

Not interested in yet another memoir of moving to Italy, discovering great food and falling crazy in love with the man of your dreams? Me neither. But

‘Cape May’ novel is full of drink and lust to a fault

It is early fall of 1957 when the young newlyweds arrive at Cape May for their honeymoon. This is the offseason, and the New Jersey beach with its aging

Young friends make a bad decision in Gudenkauf novel

Twelve-year-old Cora Landry starts junior high, and she lacks friends and social skills to succeed in the environment of cliques and budding puberty. She eventually makes

Gorgeous novel explores adopting a foster child

With breathtaking brevity, Rachel Howard’s debut novel, “The Risk of Us,” illuminates the joys, challenges, fears and frustrations of adopting a foster child. And while she delves

T.C. Boyle spins a family drama from the LSD era

Just as he did in his last novel about scientists inhabiting Arizona’s Biosphere 2 in the 1990’s (“The Terranauts”), T.C. Boyle’s latest takes a real-world event —

Novel revisits culture wars, AIDS crisis

A deadly school shooting serves as a pivotal event in “The Spectators,” a novel that revisits American cultural wars and crises in the last decades of the

Harlan Coben’s ‘Run Away’ has an array of emotions

Simon works on Wall Street, and his wife, Ingrid, is a successful doctor. They had a wonderful family life until their oldest daughter, Paige, leaves to attend college. At

‘The Liar’s Child’ is a compelling story

Young Cassie and her 5-year-old brother, Boon, live at the Paradise apartments near North Carolina’s Outer Banks and are dealing with a broken home. Their mom left

‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ will draw you in

Set in the drugs and rock ‘n’ roll culture of 1970s, the story begins with an LA “it girl” named Daisy Jones whose big blue eyes

‘Malta Exchange’ is blend of history and thrills

Steve Berry’s pragmatic hero Cotton Malone soon regrets taking on what is supposed to be a simple mission in “The Malta Exchange,” the latest blend of history

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