By opening this book, you've given Patricia Highsmith permission to follow you, catch you, take you apart. Get ready to run.
A writer who has created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger . . . Highsmith is the poet of apprehension
For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith
Every story shimmers like a dark gem as Patricia Highsmith turns her gimlet eye on domesticity, suburban madness, toxic families and the loneliness of childhood. Often mordantly funny and always psychologically acute, this collection is not to be missed
If Patricia Highsmith, in her novels, holds us hostages in a maze of dark dreams, inexplicable desires, and irrational urges, in her short stories she breaks down the maze, wedges its fragments in our minds, and leaves it to us to rebuild the phantom maze and submit ourselves again to her grip
The sheer macabre, amoral brilliance of Patricia Highsmith surely makes her one of the finest writers in the English language