A sure-footed and emotionally complex second novel ... Like the story itself, Mannion’s writing evades easy categorisation as it straddles literary and genre fiction. Her language is beautifully descriptive while her story has all the pacy elements of a thriller ... At times these pronouncements and metaphors can feel a little intrusive, and the story can ebb slightly when certain plot points require brief explanation, but these are fleeting moments as Mannion’s focus is always on her reader, and on moving the story forward.
Suspensefully paced ... Mannion’s use of language is spare and unembellished, adding a seamless fit to the dark tenor of the story ... A finely wrought psychological thriller that will intrigue the discerning reader.
Outstanding ... Mannion expertly intertwines Nessa and Ruby’s stories via visceral, close-third-person narration that alternates perspectives, and weaves through time to build tension and dole out reveals. Her subtly shaded characters add nuance and poignancy.