"Intensely moving, with an unforgettable climax that will touch the hardest heart"
"Furiously readable - it's hard to put Sashenka down. The glory and tragedy of her story remains long after the last page is turned"
"Intricate, fast moving... by the time I put the book down, long after midnight, I was in tears" (THE TIMES)
"To write a good historical novel you have to recreate that world, both physically and intellectually - and there must be a sense that history is driving the plot forwards. Montefiore succeeds on all counts... The real achievement of this novel is that it describes the profound levels of self-deception required if you wanted to stay alive and be a loyal communist in Stalin's Russia" (EVENING STANDARD)