PositiveThe New York Journal of BooksJ. R. Ward remains a master of quick, realistic repartee and shows herself once again to be a lovely, evocative writer ... Her interactions between the brothers are as humorous as usual, and they continue to feel like guys you would love to hang out with ... Another substory about arms dealers is rather inexplicably wedged into this book...It goes nowhere and means very little to the text of the story, aside from allowing Sola to show her thieving skills ... if one can roll along with the character development and family story in and not worry too much about action (except that which happens in the sheets—Ward is back on form with that angle), this novel is very entertaining.
PanThe New York Journal of Books\"The writing in Red Clocks is by turns lovely and overblown ... The use of lists and sentence fragments in the place of narrative is also problematic. Used in conjunction with such an emotionally driven topic, this writing strategy renders Red Clocks strangely cold and emotionless. None of the characters, aside from Ro, seem invested enough in their own individual dramas to flesh out their feelings ... Zumas’ sophomore novel is mildly interesting, but ultimately misses the mark.\