Fergusson's debut portrays the desperation of Berlin and its people at a time when a murder could go unnoticed. The plot grows more gripping as the reader navigates its surprising twists and turns (Sunday Express
Similarly intelligent is Ben Fergusson's The Spring of Kasper Meier . . .
the real coup here is the evocation of a minatory, crazy-quilt 1940s Berlin (Independent
The finest thing in the novel is the imaginative recreation of time and place, the bombed and ruined city over which the past hangs darkly, where no possible future can yet be envisaged . . . A decidedly accomplished first novel . . . where the keenness of observation and the rhythms of the prose call Graham Greene to mind (Allan Massie Scotsman
A formidable first novel - I loved it (Tania Findlay Sun
A powerful evocation of shattered lives trying to reconnect - and a heartbreaking story of the pain of compassion (Jake Arnott, bestselling author of The Long Firm)
A gripping mystery set in a surreal and terrifying post-war Berlin where nothing is quite what it seems. I loved it (William Ryan, author of The Korolev Mysteries series)
What I loved about this book were two things above all: firstly, a moment in time and place - devastated post-war Berlin - in which things were done that one knew nothing about, and were shocking. Secondly, he brought Kasper and Eva and the others' experience to pungent physical life with his sensual description of sight, sound, and above all smell. It was real on the page. A great achievement and a tremendous debut (Tim Pears, author of In The Light of Morning)
The plot is tight, but it's the unflinching depiction of a desperate world in post-war Berlin, conveyed in beautiful prose, that makes this thriller so powerful (Sunday Mirror
The launch of a brilliant new British talent, perfect for fans of Alone in Berlin
by Hans Fallada.