Kavanagh is a perceptive and vivid writer and this tale of ordinary lives transformed by extraordinary events has so much period atmosphere, you can practically hear the air-raid sirens.
Part murder mystery, part historical tale, this is a read that blends both genres together in intriguing style.
It is an absolutely thrilling compelling and delightful read and the plot is so intricate. The characters are incredibly realistic and there is so much atmosphere I felt that I was transported back to the time period
An intriguing and atmospheric novel, cleverly interweaving different times and crimes through an elderly and most unreliable narrator...absorbing
An unputdownable combination of thriller and psychological drama
A highly emotional mediation on memory, ageing, guilt, and regret... Kavanagh's multi-layered narrative considers its reliability in a compelling reflection on time and perception, whilst immersing the reader in a rich historical landscape.
A moving Hardy-esque story of love, lies and loss thrown into sharp relief by its vivid WW2 setting. Indomitable Mary Holmes is a memorable character.
A genuinely mysterious thriller, with an intense sense of time and place - a historical novel of a very different sort
Very distinctive, almost genre-defying novel
Should You Ask Me is one of the most unique books I've had the pleasure of reading
Vivid and brilliantly gripping. I was captivated from the first page.
Should You Ask Me is an absolute master class in story-telling
This ingenious page-turner, set in a a Dorset police station in 1944, will keep you guessing until the end...Marianne Kavanagh has produced an original brainteaser of a read
Intriguing... Just when you think there is no way to draw all the threads to a satisfying close, Marianne Kavanagh does it.
Charming, gleeful, a delight...brings Britain at war to vivid life
Marianne Kavanagh's novel succeeds on so many levels. It's a thriller, a love story, a vivid portrait of wartime England, a cautionary tale, but above all, it's a fascinating study of suppressed guilt and the human need for absolution through confession. I absolutely loved it
A beautifully written and gripping novel - boldly traversing genres and historical eras, yet always compassionate, wise and humane