• "The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense"

    Sunday Times
  • "Powerful and disturbing...a tour de force"

    New York Times
  • "To call The Innocent a spy novel would be like calling Lord of the Flies a boy's adventure ensure McEwan's major status"

    Sunday Times
  • "The sheer cleverness of the book is dazzling, and only fully to be appreciated as you turn the last page"

    London Review of Books
  • "Generous in scale, simple in its hideous impact... Ironically, he has celebrated the obsequies of the East-West spy thriller by writing one of the subtlest"

    Mail on Sunday