Thanks to Ackerman’s unaffected style, this absolutely riveting novel moves rapidly ... Though this is not a mystery proper, there is mystery here. In Agatha Christie fashion, Ackerman gathers his characters for what appears to be the grand finale but saves the true reveal for the very end ... An attention-grabbing, cleverly plotted, character-driven yarn.
In Ackerman’s wry if convoluted latest...the story of an unhappy marriage is suffused with pointed commentary on Turkey in the months following the 2013 Gezi revolt ... Still, the big reveal arrives too late and doesn’t quite offer enough payoff to justify such dense plotting. This falls short of Ackerman’s best work.
The novel is deftly plotted, though the characters themselves seem more like pawns in the author’s narrative scheme, lacking much flesh-and-blood depth, though perhaps this is a reflection of the 'moral hollowness' that Catherine suspects in herself, as she is suspended between a marriage of convenience and what might seem to be an affair of convenience ... A novel in which relationships develop more from pragmatism than passion.