• "The narrative is brilliantly complex and beguiling, and the climax devastating"

  • "Clever, highly readable… Neither predictable nor surprising, the dénouement, when it finally happens, is shocking, moving and horribly convincing"

    Literary Review
  • "A classic of its kind, brewing up enormous pathos undiluted by sentimentality"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "A fierce, elliptical novel that's both a gripping philosophical thriller and a highly moving meditation on the emotion consequences of war"

    New York Times
  • "Only the best historical fiction can make the journey into a distant time and return with a believable sense of how things really were. That Japrisot's book has done so is a mark of his great talent and experience as a writer"

    Washington Post