• "Mankell is a vivid and compelling storyteller"

  • "As with the the best of crime fiction, Mankell deals not only in character, plot and action, mystery and revelation, concealment and discovery, but also creates a world with its own mental and emotional atmosphere"

    Irish Times
  • "Mankell has always been an ambitious writer... This novel transcends the limits of his earlier work"

    Sunday Times
  • "Authoritative plotting and well-defined characterisation... An examination of the boundless human capacity for making the wrong decisions and a recognition of the challenges posed by ageing"

    Barry Forshaw, Daily Express
  • "Mankell's words fall like snowflakes, building up to make even the most ugly thing something of beauty... The strength of women, the bestiality some men are capable men, and the impermanence of life are some of the themes that Mankell once again spins into a quiet masterpiece"

    Kieran Meeke, Metro