Reviews

  • Compulsive, eerily gorgeous, [it] will have you gripped until the end... A film adaptation feels inevitable... As far as debuts go, this is superb

    Irish News
  • A feminist dystopian fairy tale, a sexual coming-of-age story and a survival-of-the-fittest tale. Evocative, suspenseful and bleak - in short, everything this age seems to be demanding

    NPR
  • [An] eerie, uncanny literary debut... Beautifully written, pared down and hypnotic

    Sunday Times Culture
  • Bewitching... [An] ambiguous utopia

    Guardian
  • In raw, visceral prose, Mackintosh probes at ideas of the threat of male violence, the ways women are told to protect ourselves, love and sisterhood and survival. A hypnotic, stormy book, with one of my favourite endings I've read in a long while

    The Pool
  • Stunning... A haunting story of abuse, death, and desire... Chilling and topical, a breathtaking debut

    Dazed
  • Eerily beautiful, this strange, unsettling novel creeps up and grabs hold of you

    Paula Hawkins, author of 'The Girl on the Train'
  • Darkly gratifying, dreamy, primal, and arresting [as] a fairy tale... The overgrown grounds, with their perimeter of rusty barbed wire and shark-infested waters, resemble Sleeping Beauty's castle

    New Yorker
  • Searing, richly drawn, eerily compelling... As foreboding in what it holds back as in what it reveals

    Stylist
  • Elemental... [A] utopia portrayed in spectral, organic prose... Mackintosh is a wonderful stylist; the full scope of her imagination, as well as the cohesion of her vision, is evident on every page... A seriously impressive feat

    Irish Times

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