Inventive and gripping ... Parkhurst handles the quest formula with originality and humour
'If you like a tear-jerker with a twist you'll adore this. In the vein of Maggie O'Farrell's After You'd Gone, it deals with the loss of a loved one' - Glamour
One of those rare novels ... that intrigues, pulls on the heartstrings and confuses you all at once
A shimmering fictional portrait of love and loss
Prepare to have your heart smashed into melancholy pieces
Mesmerising and unusual ... The book is beautifully written and, alongside thriller-like elements, packs a powerful emotional punch
An extraordinarily moving novel, poised halfway between a lament and a mystery ... A novel to be read in one sitting, LORELEI'S SECRET is one of this summer's "must read" books
Captivatingly strange ... perilously adorable
Wonderfully inventive and slyly funny
A heartbreaking exploration of memory and language, grief and redemption
This tightly woven tale has all the right stuff: romance, suspense, fantasy, and an ending that does not disappoint.
Part love story, part psychological thriller and a thumping good read
A quirky and endearing love triangle
Carolyn Parkhurst writes as well about talking dogs and square eggs as she does about the limits of language and the intractable mysteries of the self. 'Lorelei's Secret' is a strange, beautiful and very moving novel that asks us to look, in equal measure, at the puzzle that is grief and the puzzle that is love.
Carolyn Parkhurst's 'Lorelei's Secret' --so luminous, heartbreaking, comic, and daring--is an astonishing debut. Parkhurst writes of love and loss, and, above all, of what we can and cannot know of one another, with power and deeply earned grace.
Shimmers with idiosyncratic intrigue . . . a humanistic parable of the heart's confusions.
The most unique and imaginative book I have read in recent times. Parkhurst is a wonderful writer and her story is daring, tender and full of surprises as well as wisdom and insight. I simply could not put it down.
Every once in a while a book comes along that knocks you for six. Lorelei's Secret is just such a novel. It made me laugh and cry and most importantly, avidly read until the last page
This is the kind of book you stay up all night to finish
Carolyn Parkhurst's startling, achingly compelling first novel ... Part mystery, part thriller and all love story, this is a painfully evocative work, and Parkhurst is that rare thing - a "promising new talent" who turns out to be exactly that
a charming, tender study in grief