• "The various monologues very cleverly paint the picture of a day in the life of this deprived society; [it] is very thoroughly and convincingly done... She writes with intelligence and sympathy, with humour and understanding"

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • "Engaging... Along with the corpse himself, [the suspects] tell their stories in a series of monologues, and this is where Guène, with the help of an excellent translation by Ardizzone, really shines"

    Laura Wilson, Guardian
  • "One of the most exciting novelists to emerge in recent years"

    Irish Times
  • "Brilliantly paced... and utterly distinctive"

    Daniel Hahn, Independent
  • "Guène is praised as a multicultural heroine. And to her credit, she turns stereotypes on their heads; the people of Making-Ends-Meet are an authentic community, whose humanity endears them to us, however gritty or kitsch their veneer"

    Times Literary Supplement