"Thoroughly gripping, beautiful, and astonishingly vengeful, this novel is a heartbreaker. Bohjalian's latest turn to historical fiction is immensely rewarding."
— Library Journal, starred review
"Mastering matters subtle and grotesque, Bohjalian combines intricate plotting and bewitching sensuality with historical insight and a profound sense of place to create an exceptional work of suspense rooted in the tragic aberrations of war."
— Booklist, starred review
"An exploration of post-WWII Italy doubles as a murder mystery in this well-crafted novel...an entertaining historical whodunit."
— Publishers Weekly
"A literary thriller...a soulful why-done-it."
— Kirkus Reviews
"A must-read...stunning.... Bohjalian specializes in the suspense created when people are cut off, physically and emotionally, from society (as he did in his bestselling MIDWIVES). Here he goes back in time to create that suspense, with a compelling female detective running from demons of her own as his heroine."
— Mary Duan, Tucson Weekly