Heartbreaking - I would definitely recommend. It's going to be a very popular summer read.
You will love this - immersive, amazing, remarkable, I could barely breathe. I cried - and I never cry.
An emotional read with humour and heartbreak in equal measure
Wonderfully evocative, immersive and beautifully written
A brilliantly written, dark domestic noir
Lolita meets Madame Bovary . . . Ellis writes fantastically
Gripping . . . an engrossing read from a talented writer
Ellis has a knack for depicting the way in which families struggle to communicate . . . engaging and readable
I ate this up in one day . . . it has such great characters and very realistic, imperfect relationships. A thoroughly immersive story that I would heartily recommend.
It's wonderful. A brutal tale of a fraught mother-daughter relationship. The writing fizzes along. Loved it.
Poignant, cleverly nuanced and funny
An engrossing read . . . a story of family secrets and twisted relationships
Explores the human condition with pin-sharp precision, so accurate it hurts. It's a raw read, complex and compelling in its structure, with emotions laid bare. Written with empathy and integrity.
Ellis writes beautifully, with a great eye for detail. She has a wry comic touch and all the emotions are spot on.
I absolutely loved it. The careful evocation of an era is incredibly seductive . . . These are real, believable, fragile people whose lives the reader becomes totally immersed in and gripped by.
An emotional epic. The former TV presenter's debut novel, The Butcher's Hook, was great, and this second one is also terrific, particularly in the way she writes about mother-daughter relationships.
An atmospheric, clever novel, which will get under your skin
A tale of silences, secrets and misunderstandings, of marital infidelities and of paths not taken . . . A fluent, convincing depiction of the poignant intricacies of family life