Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

Hong Kong Noir by Jason Y. Ng & Susan Blumberg-Kason

Hong Kong Noir continues Akashic Books globe-trotting series of noir anthologies, taking readers on a trip to the noir side of Hong Kong this time. Hong Kong has a unique history as a British colony until 1997 when their lease expired... Continue Reading →


The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Jane Harper has already established a solid reputation as an author who successfully weaves a story where the setting is as important a character as the people. The Lost Man continues that tradition. Nathan Bright is called out to meet his youngest... Continue Reading →

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient begins with a rush, like a bullet train, with Alicia Berenson murdering her husband and never saying another word, not even in her defense. The story is narrated by Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who is fascinated by her... Continue Reading →

Erebus by Michael Palin

H.M.S. Erebus was a ship that explored the farthest reaches of the globe both in the north and the south along with H.M.S. Terror, a slightly smaller ship. In an expedition led by Captain James Clark Ross, the ships explored... Continue Reading →

The Plotters by Un-Su Kim

Un-Su Kim's The Plotters focuses on contract killer Reseng, who grew up in the Doghouse, a library run by Old Raccoon, who functions more or less as a booking agent for contract killers. It Kim's South Korea, contract killers seem to be... Continue Reading →

Rise of the Necrofauna by Britt Wray

Move over Jurassic Park, there are real scientists exploring ways to bring back species that have become extinct, species like the passenger pigeon, the auroch, and the wooly mammoth. The prospect is exciting to people who believe we should restore... Continue Reading →

The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay

The Far Field is the story of Shalini, a privileged your woman who travels from her home in Bangalore to a remote Kashmiri village in search of Bashir Ahmed, the man who beguiled her and her mother while she was a child... Continue Reading →

The Big Empty by Stan Jones and Patricia Watts

The Big Empty begins with series detective Nathan Active, a public safety officer in Chukchi, Alaska, searching for a plane crash when a local woman pilot and her doctor fiance go missing. The wreckage is easily found and the investigation by federal... Continue Reading →

One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson

One Person, No Vote is Carol Anderson's examination of the systemic evisceration of voting rights, a long-term campaign that includes redistricting to minimize the voting power of African American voters, making voter registration more difficult, purging voters from the rolls, requiring... Continue Reading →

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Friday Black is a collection of short stories that explore the anomie of America's cultural violence, materialism, and racism. There are twelve stories, some fantastical science fiction, some bitter satire, and all too real for comfort. Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah worked... Continue Reading →

Golden Child by Claire Adam

Golden Child is the story of the Deyalsingh family, twins Peter and Paul and their parents, Joy and Clyde. They are an Indian family living in Trinidad, an island off Venezuela where there is a large Indian population since the 19th... Continue Reading →

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl is a suspenseful thriller that succeeds fully in creating a fast-moving story that keeps us reading. Jess is a twenty-something makeup artist struggling in New York City who eagerly jumps at an opportunity for some fast cash. I... Continue Reading →

The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson

Ellen Wilkinson was a Member of Parliament and her insider knowledge informs The Division Bell Mystery, a mystery published in 1932 when the UK was reeling in the Great Depression. As it opens, the Home Minister is meeting with an old friend... Continue Reading →

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

On the longest night of the year, sometime around 1850 or so, at The Swan, an ancient inn near the source of the Thames, the regulars gathered for warmth, shelter, spirits, and storytelling. Late in the evening, a man came to the... Continue Reading →

The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories by Yukiko Motoya

The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories is a collection of eleven short stories by Yukiko Motoya that center around the idea of identity, of being oneself and how hard selfhood can be to define and maintain, particularly in relationships with others. The title... Continue Reading →

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