• "Kirino uses her considerable narrative gifts to evoke the tedium, pressure and angst her teenage characters suffer"

    Publishers Weekly
  • "Kirino creates a fictional universe in which the normal rules of engagement no longer apply...she chronicles the toxic fall out of an educational system that fosters conformity above individualism"

    Emma Hagestadt, Independent
  • "Japanese crime queen ... a tense, worried book of actions and consequences"

  • "She may be the best crime writer to emerge from Japan in years"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "The translation is smooth and invisible... Compelling"