Thompson's second novel is as rich in dialogue and detail as it is in intrigue . . . the cultural clash and the inclusion of such strongly drawn characters as Neville, now coming to terms with middle age, ensure that Thompson's storytelling impulse has enough energy to carry the reader through these quietly dramatic landscapes.
Beautifully plotted, and in his sensitive interest in social outsiders, Thompson crafts an emotional honesty from a subject others would sensationalise or exploit.
Amiable and quiet-toned while managing to disturb and convince