BOOK REVIEW: BABY TEETH

  BABY TEETH Zoje Stage St. Martin’s Press July 17th, 2018   Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage is a tense psychological thriller that has roots in the horror genre. Told from the point of view of an exasperated stay-at-home mom, Suzette, and her seven-year-old daughter, Hannah a battle of wills intensifies with the familial bonds of frailty and falsehood. Having pursued a career as a screenwriter, Stage “wrote a screenplay, which became the precursor to this novel. When I had the opportunity to take it to an independent film festival in 2012 I spoke with a lot of producers.  They told me to focus equally on the child and mother and to put...

REVIEW OF POTTER’S FIELD BY ROB HART

POTTER’S FIELD Rob Hart July 10, 2018 Polis Books   Some people seem to never grow up. For Ash McKenna’s, that meant spending his days in an eternal funk, unable to crawl out of the emotional pit he found himself in after the death of his firefighter father during the 9/11 tragedy. Spiraling out control, Ash kept himself in booze and pills by doing odd jobs for local New York crime boss Ginny Tonic. A self-described “blunt instrument,” Ash would just need to be pointed at a person, place, or thing. Then he’d punch it until it would break. Ash wasn’t a bad guy, but he was an incomplete version of a human being. He was pure Id,...

REVIEW OF THE CON ARTIST BY FRED VAN LENTE

  It’s 2018 and it’s a fact that geeks now rule the world. Marvel rules the theatres, everyone and their mother knows who Iron Man and Black Widow are, and it’s a good chance your humble reviewer is typing this while wearing a Captain America t-shirt (SPOILERS: it’s true). Super-heroes have always been a part of American culture, but it’s always been with a bit of a snide side-eye from the jocks and cool kids. Not anymore. The geeks won, and now we walk with our ironically-chunky-eye-glasses wearing heads held high. But let’s not forget that comic-book pop-culture all comes from a source material: the humble comic-book. And while...

Review of WATCH THE GIRLS by Jennifer Wolfe

WATCH THE GIRLS by Jennifer Wolfe Grand Central July 2018 Liv Hendricks had a promising television career when she was a teen actress known as Olivia Hill. She and her difficult and seldom-sober sister played on the popular TV show “The Hills Have PIs.” But when the girls’ younger sister Miranda disappeared, Liv dropped out of the public eye completely. It was only when her financial situation forced her return to television that she found herself playing on a campy Scooby-Doo-esque reality show called “Bullsh?t Hunters.” But their missing sister has continued to haunt her, and self-medicating her past into silence ends up getting her...

REVIEW OF JAR OF HEARTS BY JENNIFER HILLIER

JAR OF HEARTS JENNIFER HILLIER MINOTAUR BOOKS JUNE 12, 2018 High school best friends Georgina Shaw, Angela Wong, and Kaiser Brody were living their best lives. School, sports, and 7-11 Slurpies. Life took a severe left turn when sixteen-year-old Georgina, Geo to her friends, met 21-year-old Calvin James in that 7-11 parking lot. She fell for him instantly and completely. She knew the relationship was wrong. She knew he shouldn’t make her feel bad. She knew he shouldn’t be so mean to her. She knew he shouldn’t hit her. But she loved him and she thought he loved her, too. Then one night, Angela was murdered, and buried in the woods. In...