[A] provocative debut ... Her novel is absolutely thrilling. But it’s a slow unspooling that demands patience ... Richards’s debut is so much bigger and smarter than simply just 'the Dahmer novel' ... The Comfort of Monsters is an intense and artful examination of the relationships between sex, power, violence, and identity, as well as the deeply subjective nature of human memory. It’s a bravura performance by Richards that should demand readers’ attention.
Richards combines the most satisfying elements of mysteries, thrillers, and literary fiction to create one of the most dynamic pictures of a coming-of-age story cut short by tragedy ... A novel with electricity in every word.