• "Unexpectedly haunting, its details catching like splinters in that part of the imagination that responds to pure storytelling"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "The Convent is at once a still, almost silent thing, and a blistering human drama...Karnezis's great skill is in evoking the haunting beauty of lost places and souls... There is a strength and confidence to Karnezis's prose"

    The Times
  • "Impressive... We witness justice and injustice, theological controversy, the politics of a tiny enclosed society, despair, cruelty, generosity, scandal, suspicion, and suicide, all told with immense verve and skill"

    Sunday Times
  • "An impressive addition to the works of a master storyteller"

  • "This fragrant, fond and faintly otherworldly novel, with its final, poignant twist, is a memorable read"

    The Lady