‘Visceral and unsettling... A smart and gripping debut that saves its best for last’
- Chris Cleave, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist

"Powell leaves us agonising over the terrible choices open to a young woman like Betty’
- Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

'A spine-tingling story of the secrets we choose to keep' 
- Mail on Sunday

'The plot rattles along with plenty of red herrings... until the killer twist' 
- Daily Mail

'Bid your to-do list goodbye because you're not going to be able to put it down' 
- Sunday Telegraph, Stella Magazine

‘Unsettling and compelling’
- Glamour

'Intrigue, suspense and a unique story. The author is annoyingly talented and I devoured this book in a day' 
- The Sun

'Assured and intriguing... with a slight Broadchurch feel' 
- Sunday Herald

‘Haunting and complex... A satisfying mystery, as well as a complex portrait of the effects of emotional trauma’
- Kirkus Reviews

"A satisfying and suspenseful debut,.. The final twist in the murder plot will catch many readers unaware, as will the surprising emotional heft of the narrative’
- Publishers Weekly

’A gripping debut novel... Entirely unforgettable’
- Booklist

’A sophisticated debut... Powell adroitly weaves secrets, promises, fear, and guilt into an absorbing story of love and loss with an astounding conclusion’
- Library Journal

'A clever first book by a remarkable new voice. Laura Powell has all the makings of becoming one of modern literature's greats' 
- Sogo Magazine

'An eerie and sorrowful tale, beautifully-told: a hugely impressive debut’ 
- Joanna Kavenna, Orange Prize winning novelist

'A quirky, vivid, original writer' 
- Maggie Gee OBE, novelist

'Gripping from the first page, this is a remarkable debut. I highly recommend it' 
- Katie Fforde, novelist