Review: Ketchum presents more subtle shocks in The Secret Life of Souls

by G. Robert Frazier If you’re a fan of author Jack Ketchum, you probably expect cannibals and sadistic backwoods tribes to cause trouble for hapless victims in isolated situations. He built his reputation on such novels with the likes of The Girl Next Door, Off Season, and The Offspring. His newest book, however, shirks his tendency … More Review: Ketchum presents more subtle shocks in The Secret Life of Souls

Katie Ganshert’s ‘Life After’ a deeply moving story of survivor’s guilt

In Life After ($14.99, Waterbrook), the new novel from Christy Award-winning author Katie Ganshert, the story surrounds the lone survivor of a train bombing in Chicago and the lives of those left behind. It is a novel that is deeply moving and enthralling from the first page. … More Katie Ganshert’s ‘Life After’ a deeply moving story of survivor’s guilt

Review: Barkan’s anthology, Mexico, ranges from shocking to poignant

by G. Robert Frazier There are a lot of “bad hombres” in Josh Barkan’s new book, Mexico. If this were the only book The Donald read in the White House, it would explain a lot about his push for a wall between our two countries. But that’s not to say that the book isn’t a … More Review: Barkan’s anthology, Mexico, ranges from shocking to poignant

Burning Bright’s hero has simple task: Get the bad guys, save the girl

If you can get past the almost unbelievable setup of Nicholas Petrie’s latest novel, Burning Bright, you’ll be in for an action-heavy, fast-paced read. Petrie literally chases his action hero Peter Ash up a giant redwood tree into the arms of a damsel in distress at the opening of the book. But if you’re a fan … More Burning Bright’s hero has simple task: Get the bad guys, save the girl

Review: The Dark Room holds long-buried secrets

Jonathan Moore’s The Dark Room starts like any number of Kathy Reichs’ Bones novels, with a team of detectives overseeing the exhumation of a grave as part of a criminal investigation. But it doesn’t take long—only a matter of pages—before the novel takes the first of many intriguing plot turns. Read my full review at … More Review: The Dark Room holds long-buried secrets

Review: R.G. Belsky scores a direct hit with Shooting for the Stars

by G. Robert Frazier One of the most common pieces of advice for authors is to write what you know. R.G. Belsky knows journalism. A former managing editor for NBCNews.com and the New York Daily News, Belsky has used that career of skill sets to create a thoroughly authentic investigative reporter in Gil Malloy. In … More Review: R.G. Belsky scores a direct hit with Shooting for the Stars