This riveting and visionary story haunted me long after I finished the last page. Katherine Carlyle is an extraordinary novel
Smart, stylish, inventive, and always entertaining, Rupert Thomson displays enormous range as a novelist. His prose is consistently sharp, his ideas consistently intriguing. I would read any book that Rupert Thomson wrote.
Unfolding in the acclaimed Thomson's characteristically lucid and sensuous prose, this entirely unsentimental novel is as absorbing as it is affecting.
Rupert Thomson is so undervalued, such a pure novelist. He explores what interests him in the way that I most admire. Not trying to demonstrate its relevancy or extend his own argument; Instead, each novel is etched into reality by his curiosity.
Rupert Thomson's twilight worlds have long enchanted many readers, and this road trip through a snow dome of mesemeric hallucinations is Thomson at his best.
Thomson is a hypnotic writer. His prose is precise and controlled, his images intriguingly dreamlike. Katherine Carlyle leaves a sharp, visceral afterimage in its wake; much of its staying power lies in Thomson's ability to send the reader's imagination beyond its final page.
Thomson's ability to create a world that feels entirely original and untouched by any other mind is at full strength in this strange and haunting book ... It's the strongest and most original novel I've read for a very long time
Written with the verve, pace and detail of a spy novel, sleek and oddly honest, this is the fascinating story of Katherine Carlyle who mysteriously decides that instead of university and a privileged life she will erase her identity and much of her emotions and go untraceably to the most remote settlement of the Russian north. She is not seeking love. She is determined to have abandoned it.
Rupert Thomson is one of the most interesting, adventurous writers working in fiction today.
Rupert Thomson's writing serves as an augmentor of your own imagination. As with Secrecy, Katherine Carlyle immediately transports you into an ever-expanding, yet intimate cinematic experience. I absolutely loved it.
An unnerving, unputdownable road trip from Rome to the far north, narrated by a young woman who, through the wonders of science, was "born twice"
Thomson's story is a profound look at love, loss and the need to belong.