Reviews

  • Ottessa Moshfegh's Death in Her Hands is a new kind of murder mystery... A haunting meditation on the nature and meaning of art... Death in Her Hands is the work of writer who is, like Henry James or Vladimir Nabokov, touched by both genius and cruelty. Cruelty, so deplorable in life, is for novelists a seriously underrated virtue. Like a surgeon, or a serial killer, Moshfegh flenses her characters, and her readers, until all that's left is a void. It's the amused contemplation of that void that gives rise to the dark exhilaration of her work-its wayward beauty, its comedy, and its horror.

    Kevin Power, New Yorker
  • Routinely hailed as one of the most exciting young American authors working today, she has been compared to Flannery O'Connor, Shirley Jackson and Charles Bukowski... Her work takes dirty realism and makes it filthier. But it is is also beautiful...the depravity of her material matched by the purity and precision of her prose.

    Lisa Allardice, Guardian
  • Much more than a whodunnit... This is a story about what might happen when a woman takes charge; when she finds the courage to step away from the men who wanted to define her... A glorious visceral mystery... Moshfegh is as wise and wild as Ali Smith or Rebecca Solnit, and as gifted a scribe of nature as Annie Dillard or Thoreau.

    Melissa Katsoulis, The Times
  • Moshfegh is one of the most original and astute young novelists working today... Fiction, she suggests, isn't about timeliness or hot takes: it's about freedom... As ever, she creates and sustains a tense, uncanny atmosphere, in a world like ours but not quite.

    Orlando Bird, Daily Telegraph
  • Ottessa Moshfegh's postmodern whodunit...burnishes Moshfegh's claim as one of the most distinctive American writers around.

    Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer
  • [Death in Her Hands] cracks open like a matryoshka doll, revealing multiple tales within... Its dark, devious portrait of the troubled psychology of a lonely, stymied woman makes a mark all of its own.

    Lucy Scholes, Financial Times
  • Death in her Hands is a return to the dark humour that marks Moshfegh's work to date, making it sure to hit the sweet spot with established fans.

    Hunger TV, *Books of 2020*
  • An eerie, affecting book.

    Psychologies
  • A darkly funny tale.

    Sarah Hughes, i, *Summer Reads 2020*
  • Moshfegh returns to the violent timbre of her debut Eileen.

    Daily Telegraph

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