Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from January 23 through 27 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Monday, January 23
The World to Come, by Jim Shepard
Throughout this masterful, profoundly involving collection, Shepard elucidates with stirring precision the emotions of characters ambushed by terrifying powers beyond their control, whether a blizzard or an earthquake, the death of a child, or forbidden love.
Tuesday, January 24
In using Oliver as his first-person narrator, Avi does a superb job of suggesting the style and syntax of eighteenth-century speech, while telling an ingeniously plotted Dickensian story filled with suspense, surprises, and ultimately satisfaction. Please, sir, may we have some more?
Wednesday, January 25
The Night Bird, by Brian Freeman
In his latest stand-alone thriller, Freeman once again shows a slick knack for creating enough tension without relying too heavily on gore—just the right amount of nastiness that will not scare away more-genteel thriller readers.
Thursday, January 26
On Second Thought, by Kristan Higgins
Higgins’ complex, witty characters will seem like close friends, and readers will savor each and every page as they find that love comes in many different flavors and forms. Demand will be high for the latest from this women’s-fiction star.
Friday, January 27
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
Lichtenheld’s colorful wax-oil pastels burst with the trucks’ activity and make creative use of inset illustration panels. The rhyming text makes the plot as zippy as the trucks, all of which sport endearingly expressive headlights and grilles.