Monday Evening Book Reviews

Lucy Beresford on Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys: “This is a gorgeous cat’s cradle of a novel, lightly poetic (“the sun was low now, and it sent a pale blade of light through the kitchen window”), intricately plotted and beautifully threaded with small details that make satisfying sense later on.” (Telegraph)

Oline H. Cogdill on Carl Hiaasen’s Bad Monkey: “…the closest Hiaasen comes to a police procedural, but true to form, it also is a look at the ludicrous ways of Florida, such as the true bait-and-switch in which a dead sailfish is surreptitiously placed on a tourist’s line.” (Miami Herald)

M John Harrison on Stephen King’s Joyland: “If it isn’t quite the stripped‑down tale of crime we associate with Westlake or Block, Joyland is endearingly compact – perhaps a quarter the length of a typical King – and immediately readable.” (The Guardian)

Keith Donohue on Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane: “…a small thing with much joy and heartache, sacrifice and friendship, beautifully crafted and as lonesome as the ocean.” (Washington Post)

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