"An original and readable mixture of mystery and history, with a good dollop of old-fashioned adventure."-- "The Times" (London)
"A fascinating, suspense-filled adventure, a refreshing contrast to the conventional murder mystery."-- "The Sunday Telegraph" (London)
"Penney's descriptions of the harsh landscape and the deprivation of living there are vivid and excellent."-- "The Daily Telegraph" (Australia)
"A quite remarkable debut novel set in the snowy backwoods of Canada in 1867 . . . atmospheric and delicately written mystery."-- "Birmingham Post"
"The novel has a large canvas and . . . the story twists and turns. "The Tenderness of Wolves" is an entertaining and well-written adventure thriller."-- "The Spectator"
""The Tenderness of Wolves" stood out from a very strong shortlist. We felt enveloped by the snowy landscape and gripped by the beautiful writing and effortless story-telling. It is a story of love, suspense and beauty. We couldn't put it down." -- Costa Award Committee
"Confident and complex portrait of 1860s Ontario. . . . Between twists and turns of plot, Penney evokes the land -- its shades of light and changes of weather, its marshes and treacherous waters. Rarely has winter seemed so febrile. . . . This one is a powerhouse."-- "Books of Canada"
"Stef Penney, who in an even more unusual coup, won the first novel prize with a murder saga, "The Tenderness of Wolves," The (Costa) judges said it made them feel "enveloped in the snowy wastes" of Canada in 1867. Penney, agoraphobic at the time, did all her research in the British Library."-- "The Guardian" (Manchester)
"An entertaining, well-constructed mystery . . . sexy, suspenseful, densely plotted storytelling . . . a novel with far greater ambitions than your average thriller, combining as it does the themes of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" with Atwood's "Survival," and lashing them to a story that morphs Ian Rankin with "The Mad Trapper of Rat River,""-- "The Globe and Mail" (Canada)
"In suitable Jack London style for a setting in Canada's snowy wastes, wolves wander in and out of this suspenseful 19th-century epic, offering a leitmotif of constant unease. So begins what masquerades as a traditional murder quiz but quickly broadens out to encompass other lines of inquiry -- the mystery of two long-missing young sisters, the quest for a forgotten native American culture, the twists and turns of an unusual love story. Stef Penney is from Edinburgh and claims never to have visited Canada -- impressive, then, that the land of her imagination convinces."-- "The Guardian"