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Expert Book Reviews is an imprint of BookScribed, an independent digital learning company with a mission to bring the joy of reading and insightful discussion of great literature to readers everywhere. Expert Book Reviews provides reviews of today’s hottest novels.

Expert Book Reviews is the author of books: The Invention of Wings: by Sue Monk Kidd -- Review, Concealed in Death: by J. D. Robb -- Review, Inferno: by Dan Brown -- Review, The Goldfinch: by Donna Tartt -- Review, Gone Girl: by Gillian Flynn -- Review, Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich -- Review, Dust (A Scarpetta Novel): by Patricia Cornwell -- Review, The Book Thief: by Markus Zusak -- Review, Private L.A.: by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan -- Review, Catching Fire: The Hungar Games by Suzanne Collins -- Review

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Are you looking to improve your knowledge of slavery in America within a non-academic setting? Sue Monk Kidd's latest novel, The Invention of Wings, offers just that with detailed depictions of the South and North during the early 19th century. Find out who would like this novel and why it is a worthwhile read with the help of this companion review. Kidd has selected two real women from America's history and fictionalized them as protagonists in her third novel.

Sarah Grimké comes from a wealthy white family and struggles with the justifications of slavery from the young age of 11. She befriends a slave named Handful who was presented to her as a gift, and together they form convictions and strive for freedom. Readers gain an insider's view of slavery, the abolitionist movement, and women's rights in The Invention of Wings. The New York Times bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd does not disappoint with her latest piece of historical fiction, and you can read what the critics have to say in this comprehensive review. The Invention of Wings offers an ideal balance of emotional moments and action to entice any reader, while offering educational appeal within an engaging story of two historical women.

J.D. Robb's 38th installment in her In Death series, Concealed in Death delves
deep into Lieutenant Eve Dallas' past while she unravels the mystery surrounding the bodies of 12 girls, hidden behind a wall 15 years ago. Check out our in-depth, expert review of this suspense novel Concealed in Death for everything you need to know before you pick up the book.

J.D. Robb is one of several pseudonyms that famed romance novelist Nora Roberts publishes under. Although Concealed in Death is a fast-paced suspense novel set in a futuristic New York City, it has plenty of steamy scenes and enjoyable characters to appeal to fans of Roberts' other work. In this review, you'll find interesting facts about the author and recommendations for similar books.

This review deftly points out where the author succeeded, as well as where she fell short. Readers will love the cast of strong but diverse female characters, but anyone familiar with the In Death series may feel let down by the comparative lack of action. Tucked within the review you'll also find an analysis of the most memorable scene, an alternative outcome that may have worked better, and plenty of eye-openers to take away.

Lastly, discover what "those in the know" think about this book, as you read quotes from expert critics and reviewers. Despite its shortcomings, Concealed in Death is still a wonderful installment in a series that seems to get more popular each day.

Dan Brown's fourth Robert Langdon book, Inferno, throws the clever professor into another complex mystery with global consequences. Langdon faces a scientist bent on destruction: a scientist who finds inspiration in Dante Alighieri's Inferno. Langdon awakes in a Venice hospital with no memory of how he got there. He has little time to collect his thoughts or make sense of the visions that tell him to "seek and find" before an assassin arrives. Langdon must set off to put the pieces together. This comprehensive review gives you a complete overview of the plot, key characters, and the author's writing style, both good and bad.

Inferno navigates topics such as human overpopulation and social responsibility while Langdon tries to make sense of his visions and come to terms with the feeling that he is the only person who can save the world. In this review, you'll also find critical opinions of the novel as well as an evaluation of the novel's high and low points. Fans of Dan Brown won't be disappointed by this offering, as it has all the trappings of his previous works. Conversely, while the action will keep readers turning pages, some may find his prose weak, as his storytelling relies heavily on his common tropes. Nevertheless, Brown's fourth Robert Langdon novel has plenty to offer.

Learn what the experts are saying about Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch with this literary review. Dark themes prevail throughout the novel as protagonist Theo Decker copes with the violent and untimely death of his mother. As a 13-year-old boy, Theo’s grasp of reality is limited, and the tragic event forces despair and self-defeating behavior. With sophisticated themes like death, abuse and sex, this book is better suited for a mature audience. If you are looking for an intellectually stimulating novel that keeps you guessing, then The Goldfinch may be just what you need.

See how Donna Tartt’s novel scores with expert ratings and quotes from popular publications. The Goldfinch is an exemplary book filled with vivid imagery and superb character development. Each cast member in the play of Theo’s life has a mixture of positive traits and flaws that make up a believable character. A comparison of the good and bad aspects of the book help you determine the book’s value. Compare this book to Greek tragedies to see how death portrays a universal theme that has great impacts on any protagonist. This comprehensive review of The Goldfinch gives you the big picture of what to expect from your reading.

Gillian Flynn succeeds at creating a psychological thriller with her third novel, Gone Girl. After losing their writing jobs in New York City, Nick and Amy Dunne discover that their perfect relationship is not as solid as it seems. Nick decides to move to Carthage, Missouri to care for his ill parents, and Amy figures out that her parents have been depleting her trust account to recover from their own financial hardships. Despite her resentment, Amy purchases a bar for her husband and his twin sister with the remaining money from her trust fund. The suspense in Gone Girl revolves around the disappearance of Amy Dunne and the accusations against her husband.

This literary review of Flynn's novel Gone Girl covers the good and the bad to give you a comprehensive view of the story. Readers enjoy a suspenseful mystery while witnessing the complications of marriage from the two narratives of husband and wife. This review explains what you can gain from reading Gone Girl, and describes the type of reader who will enjoy this novel. Discover secrets kept by Amy Dunne as you encounter unexpected plot twists and surprising outcomes in Flynn's latest novel.

The latest novel in the Stephanie Plum series is finally here, and Janet Evanovich does not disappoint long-time fans with Takedown Twenty. The familiar protagonist has her plate full with the mystery of a serial killer, while facing off against a mob boss nicknamed "Uncle Sunny." On top of that, there is a giraffe loose in the city, and Plum finds herself in the midst of a complicated love triangle. Janet Evanovich weaves humor and action throughout Takedown Twenty to provide a lighthearted and entertaining mystery novel.

Whether you have read the previous 19 books in the series or you are encountering Stephanie Plum for the first time in Takedown Twenty, this review provides need-to-know information about this read. With modern features that are relevant to readers, as well as relatable family dynamics, this page-turner from Evanovich offers true entertainment value. While trying to solve the mystery alongside Plum, readers laugh at humorous situations, and witness how Plum deals with her inability to commit romantically. Check out this review to set your expectations before you engage in the fun and suspenseful adventures in Takedown Twenty.
Patricia Cornwell fans anticipate the latest murder mystery involving Dr. Kay Scarpetta as she continues serving justice as Massachusetts' Chief Medical Examiner in Dust. Readers new to the 21-part series will have no trouble connecting with the protagonist who narrates the story. When Scarpetta receives her newest case, a murdered grad student from MIT, she embarks on one of the most complex journeys of her career. The novel Dust is filled with political corruption and nefarious financial masterminds in a highly detailed world provided by Cornwell's expertise with words.

Through first-person narrative of Dust, readers experience the troubled thoughts of Dr. Scarpetta as she deals with the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy and her own critical perception of society. Those with a passion for mystery and forensics will quickly become immersed in the realistic environment Cornwell has created in Dust. Find out how the author's personal background and career influenced her characters and the Kay Scarpetta series. This review features critical views of Dust, including the book's strengths and drawbacks. Dive into the fast-paced plot as you uncover hidden connections between law enforcement authorities, past murder cases, and Scarpetta's own family members.
In "Catching Fire," Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have survived the Hunger Games, but they now must face stronger challengers as rebellion breaks out across Panem. This inspirational novel "Catching Fire," is the sequel to "The Hunger Games" and the second part in Suzanne Collins' trilogy. The Capitol faces the start of a revolution and an impending civil war as it struggles to maintain control over its 12 districts. Katniss narrates her story and shows readers what it means to be a survivor fighting for freedom and independence. Find out what you can expect from "Catching Fire" with the help of this comprehensive review. With quotes from well-known critics and descriptions of the novel's strengths and faults, you can dive into this engaging sequel with a broader perspective. Collins snares her readers' attention with action scenes and romantic undertones in a post-apocalyptic setting. "Catching Fire" offers lessons about revolution and encourages readers to question the impact of modern-day media, including reality TV and the news. Learn about the author's inspirations for the trilogy before you continue the engrossing story of Katniss, a girl who invoked a rebellion with her passion and survival tactics.