RaveThe Buffalo News\"Tehlor Kay Mejia makes an impressive debut in this thrilling tale of political intrigue ... The author offers terrific suspense, compelling Latina heroines, a sizzling, forbidden romance and an interesting political backdrop of a nation with an entire mythology and founding narrative that conveniently supports the status quo.\
RaveThe Buffalo NewsSwedish journalist and author David Lagercrantz has produced a multilayered and even better thriller this time around in his second outing continuing Larsson's Millennium series, crafting an intricate web of intrigue... Lagercrantz is a master at creating a sense of menace in small details ...effectively shifts the narrative back and forth between characters and time periods... This shifting back and forth amps up the suspense with a cliff-hanger every few pages as the action accelerates toward its explosive finale ... Lagercrantz here crafts an equally interesting villain and a different but interesting political reality that allows the victimization of the helpless and the outcast in the name of what certain quarters view as the greater good – and perfectly meshes with what we already know of Salander's early years ... Salander here has as fine a moment as any in the series.
Jo Nesbø, Trans. by Neil Smith
PositiveThe Buffalo NewsHunter and prey are locked in a murderous dance, as Nesbo shifts from Harry's awakening to the unnamed killer awakening, with what seems to be yet another victim in the bed beside him. Against a vivid backdrop of neighborhoods in Oslo and its environs and the 'nanny state' of Norwegian politics, Nesbo offers a rich cast of characters...there are the supremely creepy killers, the chameleon-like 'vampirist' killer and imprisoned septuagenarian Svein Finne, a serial killer known as the Fiance, in a supporting role ... Nesbo deals in terror and expertly amps up the suspense, whether it's a pair of menacing boots appearing under a bathroom stall or a terrified civilian trying to make out a face in the steam in a Turkish bath ...a master of misdirection, casting suspicion in many directions, appearing to place someone in dire peril only to have someone else end up quite dead.
Evie Wyld & Joe Sumner
RaveThe Buffalo NewsEvie Wyld offers an unsettling, moving exploration of the anxieties of childhood in this extraordinary graphic novel memoir of her summers spent with family in coastal New South Wales, Australia. In spare, poetic prose, Wyld paints a vivid picture of the sultry heat, the muddy river, her six-year-old self obsessed with stories from visiting farmers and fishermen, of sharks, sea snakes, 'something that lurks beneath the surface' ... The artist uses photorealistic color images of sharks amid black and white line drawings to great effect.”