MixedThe Independent (UK)I like detective stories, and I like weird. So I thought I would like this weird detective story – and until about its halfway point, I did ... Her methods are unusual, including consulting the I Ching, analysing her dreams and reading the book Detection by her hero, Jacques Sillette... All of which was fun at first, but the portentous tone palled on me and I began to want DeWitt\'s investigation to fail.
RaveThe Independent (UK)Nam Le writes through the characters, he lets them drive the plot and not vice versa, he shows and doesn\'t tell, he uses concrete images, he handles time-shifts with aplomb, and there are no spurious happy endings ... The descriptions are painfully vivid, and the account of a child\'s death is one of the most moving things I have read in a long while.