Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from May 4–8 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
Delicate Monsters, by Stephanie Kuehn
Award-winning Kuehn is firing on all cylinders with her latest taut psychological thriller. Booted from boarding school for nearly killing a classmate, 17-year-old Sadie Su returns home to her family’s Sonoma wine estate, where she was childhood friends with Emerson Tate, to finish out her education.
The Starling Project, by Jeffery Deaver and read by Alfred Molina
In the shifting world of literary media, physical format and actual text are no longer givens. Case in point: The Starling Project, an audio-only work by Deaver, award-winning author of best-selling thrillers such as the Lincoln Rhyme series.
Signal, by Patrick Lee
Sam Dryden can’t seem to stop running. Runner (2014), the first thriller starring the former Special Forces agent, grabbed readers by the collar and dragged them in its considerable wake as Dryden tried to protect a young girl with a phenomenal ability to read minds. Now he’s running again, not just to avoid capture by some seriously bad guys but also to outrun or at least sidestep time itself.
The Detective’s Assistant, by Kate Hannigan
After 11-year-old Nell Warne’s family drops dead, one after another, she turns in desperation to her aunt Kate. But Kate Warne isn’t in the market for a long-lost niece—she believes Nell’s father murdered her beloved husband, and besides, as the first female detective at Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, she is too busy working undercover to care for a child.
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer
Missoula, Montana, a college town of 70,000 people in western Montana, has made headlines in recent years for rape, both on and off the University of Montana campus, and most notably for the number of cases involving players on the University of Montana Grizzlies football team.