• Masterly ... the story develops with many a deft twist ... Brook wrings every drop of feeling out of a gripping human situation, and his vignettes of war-ravaged Hamburg are superb

    Mail on Sunday, Novel of the Week
  • Brook's profoundly moving...beautifully written novel ponders issues of decency, guilt and forgiveness...the meticulous integrity of his prose builds a narrative of chastened humans turning back from the brink

  • Superb. A painfully clear portrait of Germany in defeat, conjuring surprise after surprise as it shows how the forces of politics and history penetrate even the most intimate moments of its characters' emotional lives.

  • Brook is wonderful at evoking the atmosphere of this forgotten time...with a spareness matched to the harshness of that winter. There is much to think about here

    The Times
  • A captivating take not only of love among the ruins but also of treachery and vengeance... <i>The Aftermath</i> is full of illicit love - for an erstwhile enemy, for a country and its overthrown regime - and as loyalties are tested and consciences are prickled it does what all good novels should do: it poses many complex questions and resists neat, topped-and-tailed answers

    Literary Review
  • An extraordinary read

    Daily Mail
  • Stylish, heart-searching and convincing

  • Terrific. Suspicion, resentment and misunderstanding haunt this city. Richly atmospheric

    Sunday Telegraph