• "[Belinda Bauer] is such an interesting writer - a restless intelligence that always goes its own way, but always comes up with something that feels both surprising but inevitable."

    Lee Child
  • "Extraordinarily powerful and provocative... will leave you breathless"

    Daily Mirror
  • "An excellent first novel, with a highly original plot"

    The Times
  • "A psychological tour-de-force about the cruelty of hope and, ultimately, the triumph of innocence"

  • "The reader is fully gripped... Bauer's first novel shows an extraordinary power of imagination and, vital in crime fiction, the ability to create fear and empathy in the reader"

  • "In this atmospheric debut, Bauer ably paints a convincingly chilling portrait of a child killer, but it is her moving portrayal of a lonely, bullied child with a comfortless life that singles her out as an accomplished writer"

    Daily Mail
  • "Blacklands caused the hearts of hardened reviewers to flip a beat"