North's latest once again displays her mastery of lyrical prose . . . The author presents a fascinating testament to humanity's fallibility and tendency towards denial, merged with the potency of truth and the power of love
In rich, compelling prose, North weaves together the threads of imperial control, ideological conviction, love and the thrill of power . . . A lyrical and sometimes surreal approach to espionage and its thrills
An irresistible, haunting thrill
Claire North's most ambitious novel to date
Mesmeric, terrifying and wonderful. North is practically her own genre at this point.
A clever and thought-provoking conceit
Remarkable . . . one of the most moving, horrifying and gut-wrenching novels of the year
A suspenseful tale of the truths that lie hidden in the human heart . . . This is a world-spanning cat-and-mouse chase that tackles big questions about the nature of truth and whether we can ever really know one another or ourselves. True love, life, and death, what's worth dying - or killing - for: It's all here in this gripping, bloody, and haunting novel