PositiveThe Seattle TimesThe book works best when Frost returns to Twin Peaks and the familiar characters and places that first caught our attention: Agent Dale Cooper, the Log Lady, the Packards, Norma and Big Ed, Audrey Horne, the Great Northern Hotel. The book even contains a copy of the menu for the Double R Diner, home of that damn fine cup of coffee and delicious cherry pie... if you are a fan, dive right in. The water is chilly and dark, and so are the thrills and delights Frost has waiting for you.
RaveThe Seattle Times...a multilayered mystery and an inspiring biography of a person who, if not for Masters, might have been lost to time ... The joy in reading A Life Discarded lies in the uncovering of this anonymous person’s life. Masters has created a unique and special work that will appeal to amateur detectives, Anglophiles and lovers of humanity everywhere. Definitely worth a read.
RaveThe Seattle TimesAlexandra Oliva takes this (possibly) post-apocalyptic setting, grafts on a knowledgeable skewering of the inner workings of reality television and gives us a gripping story of survival ... This is the genius of Oliva’s storytelling. As the story unfolds, we don’t know what is 'real' and what is possibly a very well-executed television program ... Oliva makes a stunning debut with this page turner, and becomes a writer to watch.
PositiveThe Seattle TimesKing brings back characters from the first two books (my favorite: the socially awkward Holly Gibney, Hodges’ partner at the detective agency) and introduces a few new ones. He excels once again by giving all of them human traits and foibles, making the reader wonder and worry about who will remain standing as the story hurtles toward an inevitable standoff between Hodges and Hartsfield (a warning to the squeamish, there are several frank depictions of suicide in this story). As the book’s title suggests, there is finality and loss in the final pages. Readers may find themselves wiping away a few tears as this well-written, involving series comes to an end.
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
MixedThe Seattle TimesD’Aprix Sweeney competently explores the relationships, comic battles, skirmishes, surrenders and reconciliations of the Plumb family, in and around New York City. It’s a promising start for this writer, though I felt some characters got short shrift.
PositiveThe Seattle TimesKing’s constant readers will devour this new collection — the author is in rare form, not only talking to the reader directly in each introduction, but in making his characters fully human.