Reviews

  • A wonderful book. Salley Vickers spins a spellbinding account of a family in distress

    Elizabeth Strout
  • Utterly compelling... Cousins is a remarkable book about the strange tact and terrors of family life and the histories that haunt it

    Adam Phillips
  • Each distinct voice in this complex pattern of relationships is presented with deep empathy and clarity, so that you feel a real three-dimensional quality in the characters. The most painful ethical dilemmas are laid out with compassion and without manipulation. A serious, mature book that is also compellingly enjoyable

    Rowan Williams
  • Vickers has a formidable knack for laying open the human heart... a layered family drama

    Sunday Times
  • A story of secrets, lies and history is elegantly handled... She lays bare the inner workings of one family, possibly every family, with an often disconcerting clarity

    The Times
  • If you're a fan of Marilynne Robinson (the Pulitzer-prize winning author of Gilead), you'll love this...a dark and gritty read

    Sunday Times
  • No one can dig down into the shrouded recesses of the human heart quite as forensically as Vickers

    Sunday Times
  • This is a highly charged novel you'll find hard to put down...The novel raises important issues about motherhood and family connections, and examines the survivor's guilt felt by many of the characters that helps to drive the painful resolution

    Sunday Express
  • Vickers ponders undercurrents that swirl down the ages...Vickers commitment to the realism required by fictional memoir...a fascinating exploration of the often equivocal and always cryptic nature of family love

    Guardian
  • A psychologically acute case study

    Mail on Sunday