• "It is Cooke's dual ability to pick apart beautifully the daytime details of cosy family life while also exploring much loftier themes of God, truth, memory and love that set her aside as a mature, intensely emotional and intelligent writer"

    Sunday Times
  • "This is a complex, clever novel which on the whole succeeds in its high ambitions"

    Time Out
  • "Sublime writing... Cooke is excellent on unspoken family tensions and her characters' psychological motivations always ring true with a density that recalls Virginia Woolf. Of the younger generation of Scottish writers being published now, Cooke is one of the best."

    Scottish Review of Books
  • "A wise, ambitious and involving work flowering in psychological insight, it leaves less nuanced epics in its shade"

    Kevin MacNeil, author of The Stornoway Way