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  • This intricately made novel marks the debut of a writer from whom, and of whom, we shall be hearing much in coming times

    John Banville
  • Captivating . . . Readers will come for the premise and stay for its clever unpacking. What makes an ordinary man kill his family? In this multifaceted story, we come close to comprehending the incomprehensible

    Irish Times
  • A marvellous book, sharp and chilling, compelling and frightening. I gulped it down in hours . . . I have never read anything like it

    Carlo Gébler
  • A great read, it's gripping, at times disturbing

    Miriam O'Callaghan, RTÉ Radio 1
  • Psychologists always identify the cowardice of such men, who would hurt the ones who love and depend on them the most. Talbot absolutely nails this element, deftly unpicking the psychology of this damaged father

    Sunday Times

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