• "Too often the best European literature doesn't reach this island; here we have a little consolation"

    Waterstone's Books Quarterly
  • "An absorbing tale... a gripping story that gallops along with un-put-downable speed"

  • "Despite an awkward start, it makes an uncomplicated, easily digestible, cheering read: so it's perhaps unsurprising that it became the best-selling French novel of 2008, moving over half a million copies and being translated into 32 languages"

    James Urquhart, Independent
  • "It is a confident author who works with a large cast of characters, and in many instances - notably the children - Gavalda nails it"

    Lee Randall, The Scotsman
  • "Gavalda's touching writing makes what could have been a melancholy text into a beautifully insightful novel."

    Eve Middleton, Living France