S J Morgan writes in terse chapters with plenty of hard-boiled dialogue, a solid command of suspense and plot twists, and an eye for catching every grim edge of an unsavoury criminal milieu.
(Cameron Woodhead, The Age/SMH)
Grips you by the throat and doesn't let go...Add it to your list beside Jane Harper’s The Dry, Chris Hammer’s Scrublands, and The Nowhere Child by Christian White. It’s a ripping great read. (Goodreads review)
'This was a gripping read. It's tense, suspenseful, with the sense of danger escalating exponentially to the climax. I loved it.' (Sonya Bates)
'Easily the most relatable fictional parents I've encountered in a long time.' 'What develops is a slow-burn domestic noir which ramps up the tension as the short punchy chapters progress ... and the novel develops into a crime thriller which kept me turning the pages.' (Tracey Allen, Carpe Librum blogsite)
All the characters have flesh and bone, and it doesn't always go where you think. Gritty, grimy, both Welsh and Aussie noir, this has warnings of violence, swearing, domestic and sexual abuse, but it doesn't feel gratuitous. Plus it has Alec's lower middle class parents and their heartbreaking backstory...gosh I'm still thinking about them all.' (Carolyn Gilpin)