[a] moving, insightful debut . . . It's easy to see why this caused such a stir at Frankfurt last year. If it isn't this year's Before I Go To Sleep, I'll eat my laptop
Lisa Ballantyne has written a first novel that is both moving and suspenseful; richly detailed, yet with the eerie simplicity of a parable
One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year, and a debut one at that. Lisa Ballantyne pulls off the key writer's trick of getting us to care about the characters; by the end of the first chapter, you will be comprehensively on the hook
Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling, and highly recommended: a terrific debut from an author to watch
Thought provoking, brave and challenging, this book is an unsettling and compulsive read
This is a subject that grips the attention like a vice
Flitting effortlessly between past and present, this is a suspenseful, gritty and emotionally charged journey of an estranged father and daughter, exploring the strength of family ties and our huge capacity for forgiveness.
A sweet novel of love, redemption, and loss that chronicles one family's struggle with a difficult past.
Ballantyne has a natural gift for storytelling and the central narrative here is well-developed and fast-moving. She evidently cares for her principal characters, and, because she does so, readers are likely to do likewise.
Ballantyne weaves a fine tale of family drama, dark secrets, and the past's effect on the present...heart-wrenching.