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  • Dark, mysterious, beguiling, and beautifully written. It transported me to a different world

    Dolly Alderton
  • This book is so rich in detail, the rainforest so immersive, and the characters so wonderfully odd, that I was sucked into its dark beating heart and wasn't spat out until I'd turned the final page

    Claire Fuller
  • Darkly comic and thrilling

    Elle Magazine
  • What a hot and sticky, feverishly Lord Of The Flies-style debut! The whole novel excels in rich detail - I wouldn't be surprised if English teachers use it as a masterclass in descriptive prose

    The Pool
  • A claustrophobic compelling read that'll suck you into its heart of darkness

  • The book abounds with lurid descriptive passages revelling in tropical ickiness ... competent and assured

    Irish Times
  • Phenomenally disturbing . . . With consummate imagination and technical flair, Salam contrives a crescendo of queasiness that reaches a 'tumult of madness' and manages to make Somerset Maugham's 'Rain' seem like a picnic

    The Spectator
  • An excellent, blackly funny debut ... a novel whose growing environmental and psychological horrors you can feel crawling across your skin

    Daily Mail
  • A vivid account . . . The island setting and the rainforest are compellingly evoked, along with the claustrophobic backdrop of religious mania and a dysfunctional marriage - an impressive debut

    Penelope Lively
  • Thrilling . . . oozing with vivid descriptions and a deeply claustrophobic atmosphere, this debut is quite unlike anything else you'll read this year

    Heat World

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