Maryse Meijer’s ‘Heartbreaker’ is Getting a Musical Makeover

After reading Maryse Meijer’s
raw and jaw-dropping Heartbreaker, musician Kenny Childers felt the world needed to not only read this collection but also to hear it. He wrote one song for each story, drawing inspiration from the characters and their movements through their world. … More Maryse Meijer’s ‘Heartbreaker’ is Getting a Musical Makeover

‘Broken River’ Is a Slippery Thriller With One Hell of an Ending

Broken River, J. Robert Lennon’s eighth novel and tenth book, starts with a double murder. Around one in the morning, a nameless family—a man, a woman, their one child—attempt to flee their home. They get in their car and instead of getting away, crash into a tree. The parents are then shot and killed. Nobody … More ‘Broken River’ Is a Slippery Thriller With One Hell of an Ending

Paula Hawkins’s ‘Into the Water’ Is Trendy But Tiring

In Into the Water, Paula sticks to her tried and tested template, this time infusing it with three trendy psychological thriller elements: estranged sisters who are brought together by a crisis, a narrative about misunderstood and wronged women, and a combination of modern feminist ideas with the ancient tradition witch hunting. … More Paula Hawkins’s ‘Into the Water’ Is Trendy But Tiring

The Isolation of ‘The Worlds We Think We Know’

In order to operate comfortably on a day-to-day basis, people must rely on apparent truths of the sensory world when interacting with people and places. Dalia Rosenfeld’s robust new collection of short stories, The Worlds We Think We Know, considers the implications of such personal isolation in the context of cultural identity. … More The Isolation of ‘The Worlds We Think We Know’