• "Terrific...The city’s vibrant, exciting, dangerous atmosphere is superbly portrayed"

    Marcel Berlins, The Times
  • "Johannesburg is fertile ground for a crime writer… Strong and vivid, City of Blood is the coming-of-age story of both Siphiwe and the slightly older Progress… There is plenty of action, but also, amid the chaos and carnage, a sense of redemption"

  • "Explosive and emotional, a journey to the dark side you won't forget"

    Dreda Say Mitchell
  • "Shows how a simple act of kindness can have catastrophic consequences... Villiers gives an urgent desperation to the mounting danger as her tale heads towards its grand-scale showdown"

  • "MD. Villiers' remarkable debut novel is a coming-of-age story, fast-moving, thrilling and thought-provoking. Her plot is well-developed, her prose lively, occasionally lyrical but always clear and direct...[she] writes a mean action scene. Her characters too, are a joy"