Desperate Souls, Gregory Lamberson (Medallion)

Not quite a year after he defeated a serial killer, vanquished a demon, and lost the love of his life, ex-cop Jake Helman, introduced in 2009’s Personal Demons, has set himself up as a private investigator. When a woman comes to him with a seemingly impossible story—her dead grandson is dealing drugs on the street—Jake discovers … Continue reading Desperate Souls, Gregory Lamberson (Medallion)

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Skitter, Ezekiel Boone (Atria/Emily Bestler US, Random House Canada)

The end of the world is, as they say, nigh. Humanity is being wiped out by flesh-eating spiders. The planet is plunging into chaos. Countries are destroying themselves in their increasingly desperate search for a way to stop the spiders from making human beings extinct. The second installment in Boone’s horror trilogy (after The Hatching) … Continue reading Skitter, Ezekiel Boone (Atria/Emily Bestler US, Random House Canada)

The Hatching, Ezekiel Boone (Atria/Emily Bestler US, Random House Canada)

The first volume in Boone’s horror trilogy begins in the jungles of Peru, where a tour group encounters something they hadn’t expected – that no one on Earth would have expected: spiders, flesh-eaters that quickly swarm over the hapless tourists and reduce them to blood-soaked gore. Quickly the spiders are appearing all over the world, … Continue reading The Hatching, Ezekiel Boone (Atria/Emily Bestler US, Random House Canada)

Jigsaw, written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger, directed by the Spierig Brothers

Between 2004 and 2010 there were seven films in the Saw series. Like most film series, there was a sort of diminishing-returns thing going on: the movies grew increasingly complex – they played some really cool games with chronology – but the scripts and performances grew increasingly thin. The series wrapped up (or so we … Continue reading Jigsaw, written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger, directed by the Spierig Brothers

Zero Day, Ezekiel Boone (Atria US, Random House Canada)

Ezekiel Boone wraps up his trilogy about flesh-eating spiders taking over the world with this creepy, skin-crawlingly suspenseful thriller. After the catastrophic events of The Hatching and Skitter, the human death toll is in the tens of millions, huge chunks of the world have been bombed into rubble (in attempts to kill the spiders, or … Continue reading Zero Day, Ezekiel Boone (Atria US, Random House Canada)

Invasive, Chuck Wendig (HarperCollins)

Chuck Wendig is one of those writers who make crossing genre lines look effortless. He’s written, among other things, really good science fiction novels (see, for example, the Aftermath trilogy set in the Star Wars universe), top-of-the-line fantasy (the Miriam Black series, for instance), and a fine techno-thriller called Zer0es, which introduced us to FBI … Continue reading Invasive, Chuck Wendig (HarperCollins)

Incarnate, Josh Stolberg (Atria)

Stolberg, a filmmaker and screenwriter, takes a bit of a risk in this gripping novel. Dr. Kim Patterson, a psychiatric resident at an Alaska hospital, meets a patient who appears to suffer from multiple personalities; but when the patient, a young girl named Scarlett, seems to know intimate details about another woman who has been … Continue reading Incarnate, Josh Stolberg (Atria)