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by The New Yorker,
"Superb....Asylum is McGrath's most somber and most realistic book, and also his best."
by Publishers Weekly,
"In every other respect...the book is hypnotizing, with its own strange but darkly convincing pace and style; and the way in which nature and climate are woven into the fabric of the bizarre couple's strange love is masterly."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A contemporary master of highbrow gothic fiction....[A] truly complex (but never obscure) novel. McGrath, always a worthy descendant of Poe, here takes things a level higher — producing fiction in the tradition of Henry James."
"A virtuoso of contrast, McGrath wields a cleverly modernized form of Victorianism, precise and stately, to render scenes of unsettling and suspenseful eroticism..."
"[S]tylish...should only add to [McGrath's] reputation as the leader of the neo-Gothic pack....[O]utrageously fun. Smart, frightening, funny and surprisingly affecting, McGrath's latest elevates the psychiatric case-study to high art."
by Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times,
"Taut, tension-filled...a chilling story that works as both a Freudian parable and an old-fashioned gothic shocker."
"Beautifully written, morally complex, utterly convincing."
by Los Angeles Times,
"A book as absorbing as it is intelligent....The story of this love affair unfolds like a dream into a nightmare — the characters move relentlessly toward their tragic end with desire raging like a fire, gathering strength and destroying everything and everyone in it spath."
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