• "An acutely observed and slow-burning psychological thriller, written with Mankell's typically detached prose, making the violently tragic end all the more powerful"

    Doug Johnstone, Big Issue Scotland
  • "Mankell pulls no punches in this bleak but brilliant examination of misguided humanism"

    Tina Jackson, Metro
  • "A powerfully involving and uncompromising novel about the loss of childhood and innocence"

    Barry Forshaw, Daily Express
  • "Thought-provoking"

    Jennifer Cunningham, Sunday Herald
  • "A sombre, gripping story about alienation and the clash of cultures"

    The Times