• Manages the ironic miracle of convincing the reader that a house inhabited by a lunatic, a poisoner, and a pyromaniac is a world more rich in sympathy, love and subtlety than the world outside

  • A witch's brew of eerie power and startling novelty

    The New York Times
  • A marvellous elucidation of life ... a story full of craft and full of mystery

    The New York Times Book Review