Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Penguin Random House

Alias Emma by Ava Glass

Alias Emma is an espionage thriller with the story's central plot taking place during one very long night in London. Emma is a relatively new MI-5 agent when she is assigned to persuade Michael Primalov, the son of Russian defectors,... Continue Reading →

Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera

Neruda on the Park looks at the effects of gentrification and the efforts to combat it. The Guerreros live in Nothar Park, a New York City neighborhood with many immigrants from the Dominican Republic. There's a strong sense of community... Continue Reading →

Ancestor Trouble by Maud Newton

Ancestor Trouble is an intriguing historical detective memoir, though the answers Maud Newton is searching for are more nebulous and more intriguing than any "whodunnit" could be. The nicest thing you can say about her antecedents is that they are... Continue Reading →

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

The Paradox Hotel is a delightful blend of mystery and science fiction. It takes place at a hotel that serves the wealthy who come to time travel. It's beautifully designed with outstanding service and January Cole is hotel security. Part... Continue Reading →

This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel

This Might Hurt tells the story of two sisters estranged since their mother's death. Natalie's sister Kit went off to Wisewood, a retreat on an isolated island, where she was pledged to not contact anyone for six months. But then Natalie... Continue Reading →

The Other Dr. Gilmer by Benjamin Gilmer

The Other Dr. Gilmer was a complete surprise to me. I had not heard the story before even though it was featured on This American Life. I think that made it more enjoyable as I learned with Dr. Gilmer who... Continue Reading →

City of the Dead by Jonathan Kellerman

City of the Dead begins with a bit of misdirection as we follow a couple of movers as they go about their job just long enough to think one of them is going to be the murderer or the victim... Continue Reading →

The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson

The Violence imagines a second pandemic to follow on the heels of COVID, one that causes the infected to erupt in a murderous rage, killing people in a frenzy they do not remember after it passes. The story features three... Continue Reading →

The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz

The Accomplice is the story of Luna and Owen, two friends since they started college. They are resolutely friends, not lovers, and have always been. Both of them are married to other people but remain close confidantes. Their relationship is... Continue Reading →

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

Hell of a Book is a hell of a book. Once upon a time, meta meant self-referential, like a book about a book by an author writing about an author. The central character of this book is an author on... Continue Reading →

Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier

Good Rich People is the story of Lyla, a young woman who married into fabulous wealth, wealth,  wealth with a capital B. Her husband, Graham, is unnaturally handsome and she is both in love with and infatuated with him. Sadly,... Continue Reading →

The Maid by Nita Prose

The Maid is a charming mystery that revolves around Molly Gray, a dedicated maid at Regency Grand Hotel. She loves her job and does it well until one day she discovers the wealthy, and not very nice, Charled Black dead... Continue Reading →

Girl A by Abigail Dean

Girl A asks what happens to the children who survive one of those infamous traumas that become a cause celebre. Lex Gracie is Girl A, one of the six Gracie siblings rescued from horrific child abuse when she frees herself... Continue Reading →

The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier

The Anomaly opens with several chapters introducing a wide range of characters whose only common denominator is that they were on a particularly turbulent and uncomfortable flight. Just when you begin to think you cannot keep track of one more... Continue Reading →

Femlandia by Christina Dalcher

Remember 2008 when the economy collapsed and everyone was wondering what to do. What if there were no interventions to keep the economy afloat? What if the banks failed, the cities ran out of money to pay fire and police,... Continue Reading →

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