• "Ruth Rendell is back to her creepy best."

    Daily Mail
  • "Rendell's eerie capacity to comprehend disturbed criminal minds continues to astonish."

    The Times
  • "It's impossible to read the terrors abroad in her shabby streetscapes without total emotional involvement."

    Sunday Times
  • "One of her darkest and best."

    Literary Review
  • "If Ruth Rendell were not slotted into the category of writer of mystery novels, she would have won the Booker long ago"

    Books of the Year, Evening Standard