... fascinating and deeply disturbing ... wide-ranging and meticulous research ... There’s a lot of 'narcissistic energy' in this book...There’s also plenty of compassion, plenty of nuance and plenty of complex thought. Engelhart is a skilled storyteller. She marshals a mass of questions and arguments ... Engelhart doesn’t reach any firm conclusions. She’s clear that the laws on assisted dying are unequal to the task. She doesn’t say what laws she would pass, and I don’t blame her. Her brilliant book should be prescribed to all those who think they have a clear view.
... haunting stories ... It can be disturbing, learning about the many ways people take their own lives ... Through exhaustive reporting, Engelhart unflinchingly captures unsettling exit scenes that force readers to think about whether people must fulfill a 'duty to live' or whether they should be able to choose what they consider to be 'dignity in dying.'