"Love and pain, death and life, self knowledge and insensibility – all these big, vital themes converge in this moving, utterly engrossing novel." —The Guardian
"The writing is so good and the structure so skilful that Vickers manages to make delicate and difficult notions vivid. Her territory is the faultline along which memories of loss are experienced by an individual both as integral to their identity and as constraints on their engagement with the present. This may be true of a great deal of fiction, but it is rare for a novel to present it so directly and with such success." —John de Falbe, Spectator
"Vickers’ astute descriptions of jealousy, passion and grief shift seamlessly from one character to another in the present without faltering … In her experienced hands the characters are complex without being contrived. Vickers has turned a thwarted romance in to a serious page-turner." —Time Out
"There is something rare and special about Vickers as a novelist. In exploring the connections between faith and imagination, art and redemption, religion and science in an intelligent, unusual but very readable way, she manages to touch something buried deep in all of us. It gives her work a compelling quality."
—Peter Stanford, Independent
"The lives of the characters in this gently absorbing novel continue to resonate with the failures, possibilities, regrets and redemptions – consoled and mirrored by art – that we all endure." —Carol Ann Duffy, Daily Telegraph
"The evocation of place, and the pervading sense of sadness, are skilfully created, and the flawed humanity and depth of feeling of the characters are compelling." --TLS
"A love story that is at once gentle and passionate, reckless and timid, optimistic and doomed. The appeal of the book lies in the tender, intimate quality of the prose." —Financial Times
"A bittersweet tale of love, loss, sacrifice and regret. With experience of working as a psychoanalyst, Vickers elegantly weaves her knowledge into an insightful examination of the human condition. Her prose flows effortlessly … a thoroughly engrossing novel." —Scotland on Sunday
"Vickers writes elegantly but romantically about the process of analysis … a good story, neatly and absorbingly told." --Sunday Times
"With imagination, sensitivity and skill, Salley Vickers gives us valuable psychological and spiritual insights about grief, regret, and reconciliation." —Karen Armstrong
"Salley Vickers takes the most interesting part of the analytical process—when something unknown becomes known, moves out of shadow into light, which is tremendously moving to read about . . . This is a subtle and thoughtful novel and in the resolution there is anguish as well as calm." —Sebastian Faulks
"The perceptions and insights are remarkable. I don’t think I have seen a comparable opening of the full truth of a heart and soul and mind and love."