The book succeeds as a portrait of both a city and, in its heroine, a delightfully dysfunctional personality
Detective Lotte Meerman is damaged by her past and tortured by the dreadful mistake she's made at work . . . Amsterdam in the vicious grip of a bitter winter is the other star here, beautiful and deadly
Amsterdam is beautifully captured, and Meerman is an engaging if conflicted character who is becoming more interesting with each book in this series.
. . . a novel brilliantly evoking the isolation of a woman with an unbearable weight on her conscience
An impressive debut . . . De Jager is as good on dodgy family relations as she is on police procedure