RaveThe New York Times Book Review\"... [an] exuberant, exquisitely intimate novel ... The hunger in these pages is real ... And Thomas shows mothers such bighearted love in these pages ... For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer; only in the scenes of Bri’s budding romance does she perhaps seem uncertain over what feels like a narrative experiment ... Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. We are lucky to have her...\
PositiveThe New York Times Book Review\"What a relief then for weary fans of the genre to discover Flynn Berry, who writes thrillingly about women raging against a world that protects cruel and careless men. She’s less preoccupied by scenes of abuse than the psychological toll of its threat. Her protagonists seethe over their knowledge of violence and are fueled by a howling grief for its victims ... Berry proved in Under the Harrow that her prose can be as blistering as it is lush. Here, too, the writing is rich and moody, without any unnecessary fuss ... But there’s the occasional sound of gears grinding in Berry’s sophomore effort. Claire secures an unlikely accomplice too easily. She finds the final hasty pieces to her great life’s puzzle in one stolen browser history. And Berry’s decision to shift perspectives throughout the first two-thirds of the book, from Claire’s slightly unhinged present-day head to a third-person recounting of the past, messes with her momentum. But you do so want Claire to get her man, and the ending is as shocking as it is satisfying.\
PositiveEntertainment WeeklySome may be offended by the sexually vivid prose. This reader worried more about boredom. But despite a disappointing climax (sorry), the writing is often excellent, hilariously dark, and mean … Celeste is horrible. Reading about her was honestly disturbing and fun.