'The plot is wonderful, the characterisation of a family in crisis is both sharp and sympathetic, and the author does not shy away from examining the less palatable aspects of relations between the police and the public.' (Guardian
'Bigger than the sum of its parts, and transcending its thriller label, this is a canvas of human nature . . . of love and loss and heartbreak and how ordinary people recover after the fire. If you can contain all this in one novel, and contain it well, that'll be what makes it so good.'
(Scotland on Sunday
'Both a gripping thriller and a moving psychological study, AFTER THE FIRE shows Campbell, herself a former police officer, to be a writer of immense talent and emotional power, and on the brink of huge success.' (Daily Express
'The characters from Campbell's blistering debut THE TWILIGHT TIME return and they bring with them the sharp, perceptive prose and meticulous attention to detail that are fast establishing the author as a literary force to be reckoned with.' (Daily Record
'Looks set to cement her reputation . . . she handles this topical and gripping tale with expert skill.'
(News of the World
'Raw, real and so evocative you can almost hear the screams. Bang those drums and get the word out... if this debut is a true reflection of her talent then she's going to be huge.' (Daily Record
'A cracking plot.' (Daily Mail
'Campbell's debut is a rare example of a crime novel which, in the energy of the writing and finely observed detail, transcends genre limitations.' (The List
on THE TWILIGHT TIME 2008-04-28)
'powered by stiletto-sharp prose... a pertinent expose of the contamination seeping into lives from prostitution and a drugs economy ruled by money-laundering thugs. But against this background, her story also vividly illustrates the physical and emotional damage caused to police officers by the vile reality of their work.' (The Herald
on THE TWILIGHT TIME 2008-02-24)
'I loved it.. Anna is a great, original character and Karen Campbell has a great way with images.' (Kate Atkinson on THE TWILIGHT TIME 2007-11-14)
'..enough pace and atmosphere to give the likes of Denise Mina a run for their money.' (Mark Billingham on THE TWILIGHT TIME 2007-12-07)