Reviews

  • "A deliciously dark tale of ambition, seduction and literary theft . . . compelling and terrifying, powerful and intensely unsettling. In Maurice Swift, Boyne has given us an unforgettable protagonist, dangerous and irresistible in equal measure. The result is an ingeniously conceived novel that confirms Boyne as one of the most assured writers of his generation."

    Hannah Beckerman, Observer
  • "Maurice Swift, the novelist protagonist of John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky, is a bookish version of Patricia Highsmith’s psychopathic antihero Tom Ripley."

    The Times
  • "A dark morality tale in the mould of Patricia Highsmith . . . consistently intriguing"

    Daily Mail
  • "Everything the wonderful Irish novelist John Boyne writes is special . . . a highly entertaining read"

    Jake Kerridge, S Magazine, Sunday Express
  • "Gripping . . . John Boyne is a master storyteller and fans will doubtless be captivated by this chilling and darkly comic tale of unrelenting ambition"

    Daily Express