‘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’
'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’
’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