IRISH INDEPENDENT: "This debut novel from Orna Ross [is] the sort of massive book you could happily curl up with for the entire winter, an impressive canvas interweaving a contemporary story of love, emigration and loss with the complex world of civil war politics, emerging women's rights and buried secrets. It explores the influence of our families on who we later become, in literary, lyrical language, while still being a captivating read."
EVENING HERALD: "The writer is tackling a central theme - and one that's been sleeping quietly since the Irish State's foundation: the ideals and ideas of that time and how they affect the very different Ireland of today. The story-within-a-story - desire, hatred, love and a killing in the Civil War - is loosely based on a Wexford murder of the time and ... is a gripping story. Interweaving past and present and making them strike fire off each other... [the writer] has made brilliant use of original sources, including local historians in Wexford, adding the icing on the cake."