Murr's Man Booker-longlisted novel is an eloquently constructed fiction, in which vivid, noir-like flashbacks of the homicidal nocturnal confederacy of the town's wastrels cast a disturbingly gothic shadow over the adolescents' rites of passage . . .
Murr's verbal chiaroscuro of darkness and light, inky imagery and sun-dappled lyricism creates a vision of lost innocence - "That place where there is no time, where nothing grows old, nothing changes, nothing dies" - that both haunts and bewitches.
Trevor Lewis Sunday Times