Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Plot is a suspenseful story about Jacob Finch Bonner, an author who feels he may be a one-hit-wonder. His first book was a New York Times Notable book, his second was a tree falling in a forest. Now he... Continue Reading →

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It begins with one of those mornings, Finlay is in a frenzied rush trying to make an appointment while her nanny is late and her kids are not cooperating, to say the least. She is in extremis,... Continue Reading →

Belgrade Noir ed. by Milorad Ivanovic

Belgrade Noir is an excellent installment in the Akashic Noir series of traveling anthologies. This one takes us to Belgrade with a reporter editor who did an excellent job of choosing stories. Serbia, like the rest of the Balkan nations,... Continue Reading →

Never Going Back by Sam Wiebe

Never Going Back is a thriller novella featuring Allison Kidd. Alison is an expert burglar who has just been released from prison after serving a year after being caught. She was not caught because of any error on her own... Continue Reading →

Tampa Bay Noir edited by Colette Bancroft

Tampa Bay Noir is an excellent addition to the Akashic Noir series of anthologies. Each edition of this series is edited by a local, usually an author, a bookseller, or book critic. In this edition, the editor is Colette Bancroft,... Continue Reading →

Addis Ababa Noir ed. by Maaza Mengiste

Addis Ababa Noir is another edition of the fantastic Akashic Noir collection of anthologies. There are fourteen short stories, though few are what I would normally think of as noir. Maaza Mengiste is a literary writer and most of the... Continue Reading →

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

Don't Look for Me is a suspenseful thriller that becomes increasingly complex as the story advances. It begins with Molly Clarke driving home after visiting her son's school to watch him play football. He ignored her presence, another sign of... Continue Reading →

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

I enjoyed The Girl with a Clock for a Heartso much I immediately read another book by Peter Swanon, Eight Perfect Murders. This is another story I can see as a film, one with Tom Hanks or Jimmy Steward in the... Continue Reading →

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is the sort of thriller I can picture as a movie with Jimmy Stewart or Tom Hanks in the lead role. George Foss is at a local tavern with a long-time friend/lover... Continue Reading →

The Forger’s Daughter by Bradford Morrow

You know how you fall in love with an author and read everything for a while but lose track now that you no longer go to a physical bookstore and wander the aisles, your fingers trailing along the spines, seeing... Continue Reading →

Penance by Edward Daniel Hunt

Penance is a suspense novel that turns the genre on its head. Marie, a young woman who witnessed a murder ten years ago, is in serious jeopardy. She is being sought by her ex-husband, the murderer, his mobbed-up father, some... Continue Reading →

Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

Behind the Red Door is a psychological thriller focusing on Fern Douglas, a woman with serious anxiety issues. In fact, when she sees a woman on the news and is certain she has seen her in person, not even her... Continue Reading →

Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney

Before She Was Helen is an unmitigated delight. Clemmie has an agreement with her next-door neighbor to check on him every day to avoid an "I've fallen and I can't get up" moment.  Dom does not respond to her calls... Continue Reading →

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

The Night Swim is one of a new amateur detective genre inspired by the success of Serial, the podcast that captivated America.  True crime podcasts have become a thing as people vie to be the next big thing. Seriously, Marie... Continue Reading →

Everyone Knows How Much I Love You by Kyle McCarthy

Everyone Knows How Much I Love You is the story of friendship that goes back to childhood. Rose and Lacie were inseparable friends until Rose betrayed Lacie. Now they are adults establishing themselves in their careers, Rose as a writer... Continue Reading →

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