McDonald's [work] concisely explores various crises of conscience, while revealing the impenetrable barrier between those powerless to the point of desperation and those too blinkered by privilege to comprehend. -- Time Out
McDonald's [work] is rich, thick and magically poetic. -- The Sunday Independent
McDonald's insight allows the reader into a different world.
-- The Belfast Telegraph
McDonald's language is distinct and attractive - comparable to Chuck Palahniuk, Anthony Burgess and even William Trevor. -- Publisher's Weekly
McDonald's work is gritty, hard-hitting, with a cutting edge. -- The Writer's News
Vivid sympathetic characters. -- The Evening Standard