Reviews

  • Eleanor Catton's The Rehearsal meets Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides meets Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley, this unputdownable and lush novel had me entranced and totally absorbed in the woozy, covertly sensual world of a 1950s Italian convent. Anbara Salam has a gimlet-eyed, ferocious talent for capturing the obsessive urgency and convolutions of power and desire in adolescent experience

    Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
  • I was completely captivated. Thrillingly ambitious, moving, painful and insightful. Bridget broke my heart, she's an alarmingly relatable anti heroine, and I think this book has captured something unique about the experience of jealousy, betrayal and the muddied waters that lie between friendship and obsessive love. It reminded me of The Talented Mr Ripley, but told with acute sensitivity and emotional intelligence

    Daisy Buchanan
  • The tender, exquisite prose brilliantly captures the feelings and fault lines in the girls' friendship. This is a discerning look at secret infatuation and racial prejudice

    Publishers Weekly
  • A moving tale about identity, love, and loss. Anbara Salam unspools a compelling narrative about a young woman struggling to find herself amid family secrets and her own hidden truths. It's the kind of emotionally rich story that stays with you

    Anissa Gray, author of The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
  • Lyrical, suspenseful, darkly comic

    Observer, on Things Bright and Beautiful
  • A claustrophobic compelling read that'll suck you into its heart of darkness

    Independent, on Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Excellent, blackly funny

    Daily Mail, on Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Dark, mysterious, beguiling, and beautifully written. It transported me to a different world

    Dolly Alderton, on Things Bright and Beautiful
  • What a hot and sticky, feverishly Lord Of The Flies-style debut! Excels in rich detail, suspense and tension. A masterclass

    The Pool, on Things Bright and Beautiful