»The crux of the problem is that Allende has interwoven the thriller elements with the lives, interrelationships and backstories of a large cast of Bay Area characters. These parts of the book can be mildly enjoyable in a low-key way. Then the melodrama breaks in. The result is two underwhelming novels in one.«
Two novels in one: Andrew Taylor about the novel Ripper by Isabel Allende. His review at The Spectator.
- Norwegian By Night by Derek B. Miller
- The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton
- City of Blood by M.D. Villier
- The Missing File by D.A. Mishani
- The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
- The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor
- Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
- Ratlines by Stuart Neville
- The Twelfth Department by William Ryan
- Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
- Laidlaw by William McIlvanney
From serial killers to tartan noir, Laura Wilson rounds up her pick of the crop. The best crime and thrillers of 2013 – at The Guardian.
- The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh & Dorothy L. Sayers
- Then We Take Berlin by John Lawton
- The Double by George Pelecanos
- The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
The best detective thrillers of the season: Andrew Taylor about new books by Jill Paton Walsh & Dorothy L. Sayers, John Lawton, George Pelecanos and Alexander McCall Smith. His reviews at The Spectator.