• "His corpse-strewn first novel derives its title from St Patrick's habit of inscribing letters on new territory to transform it...the atmosphere of creeping menace kept this heathen reading, simultaneously irked and intrigued"

    Mark Sanderson, Daily Telegraph
  • "Crafty, sad and haunting"

    Literary Review
  • "The narrative voice turns it from a dark whodunit into something more intriguing. But Roberts never forgets that his principal responsibility is to keep us hooked - and that he does with aplomb"

    Barry Forshaw, Daily Express
  • "Suitably disturbing and unsettling, and lingers long in the mind"

    Daily Mail
  • "A cold, existential tale... One of the terrific things the novel offers is his rendering of a town in the grip of a nameless fear"