'a timeless, concise telling of an excellent story. It's one of those narrations where every word has been strongly considered, but that's never on show' Bookbag.
'Just once in a while, a thriller comes along that is so good it takes your breath away. Chris Womersley's second novel does that in a heartbeat' Daily Mail.
'I hammered through Bereft in a day; I didn't want to be away from it' Evie Wyld, author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice.
'Real brilliance ... This is a distinguished novel' Independent.
'Chris Womersley's novel begins like a classic crime yarn ... But this unusual and rewarding tale quickly develops into something else ... both moving and revealing' Independent on Sunday.
'an inspiring read. Womersley's prose is clear, evocative and powerful; an utter joy' The Irish Times.