'“Morag Joss has been compared to those other two premiere weird sisters in crime, Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine and Minette Walters. Such compliments are tossed about all too lightly in the publishing world, but this one is so justified that it seems like an understatement.” —The Washington Post Book World “A cast of expertly drawn characters.” —Publishers Weekly “Joss writes with a vividness that captures exactly the particular moods and atmospheres. . . . The darkness of her main themes, the sense of impending catastrophe that hangs over the story, is relieved by a lightness of touch—and the combined result is a very fine novel indeed.” —Sunday Herald “This is what novels are supposed to be like—daring, complex, arresting, fierce.” —Frank Delaney “Joss writes with haunting gentleness, studying her characters so well they become almost psychologically transparent en route to a harrowing climax in this mesmerizing tale of human failings.” —Daily Record “A mesmerizing psychological thriller that blurs the line between good and evil.” —Daily Express “Remarkable in its astuteness, humour and eloquence . . . A fascinating moral exercise as well as a gripping novel.” —Scotland on Sunday “Powerfully told, bristling with tension and horribly funny.” —The Times (London) “The pace and intrigue of a thriller with a complex exploration of adolescent yearning.” —Birmingham Post'