Ingeniously nasty… reminiscent of Vladimir Nabokov and Patricia Highsmith… Expect to be provoked by a teasing metafictional game.

At times almost unreadably horrible… Consent is thought-provoking as well as shocking… A compulsive dark comedy that entertains and unnerves in equal measure. ★★★★

A word of warning: do not pick up this novella late at night. Not if you’d like to sleep any time soon… Darkly addictive.

Hephzibah Anderson,

The Mail on Sunday

This is a novel that plays with the conventions of the form… great subtlety and wit… unusual and enormously compelling.

Another clever, cutting riff on the book-within-a book… this strangely congenial thriller-cum-treatise ends on a note of provocative ambiguity.

Part-crime, part-thriller, part-horror novel from the much-praised author of The Afterparty… This is a disturbing book.

Sebastian Shakespeare,


Claustrophobic intensity… makes it a memorable and rewarding, if far from comfortable, experience.

Jake Kerridge,

The Sunday Express

Beautiful writing and a modest, pensive protagonist… A brilliant and goosebumpy read!

Susan Crawford

A fascinating, disturbing and original thriller that erases the boundaries of the genre and draws challenging new ones

Sophie Hannah

Such a great read and the product of a highly entertaining and disturbingly dark mind. If I was a friend of Leo Benedictus, I’d be reconsidering my options.

Stephen Mangan

It is a short novel, but one which you won’t forget in a hurry… I was appalled and approving in equal measure… Whilst it is certainly not for the faint hearted, it is a compelling and clever read.

It’s dark as pitch on a black night in the height of winter, and at times it’s a little neat, but for all that it’s an almighty page turner that will have you in its grip until the final page.

Leo Benedictus is prepared to take risks… This is a stylish psycho thriller… And it ends with a bang!

Leo Benedictus gradually pulls the reader in to his character’s nightmare mind… a clever and satisfying second novel.

Fantastic… really got into my head…Engaging but unnerving, creepy but intriguing. I was gripped from start to finish! There are so many elements of this book that I want to praise… Compelling. Unnerving. Original.

Ronnie Turner,