From the moment I started reading this carefully crafted novel I was hooked. The interweaving of medical dilemmas and human drama makes for a compelling read and I was eager to find out what happened to the main protagonists. Smith evokes the majestic setting of Durham so beautifully that I could clearly imagine myself walking down the same streets and across the same bridges. A fantastic debut novel!
Dr Sarah Price (Head of Learning Team, Durham University Library and Museums)

Smith has cleverly created a winning combination of mystery and drama in this excellent debut. I devoured this novel at one sitting. A book full of North Eastern promise! – Diane Cockburn author of Under Surveillance and Electric Mermaid

This intriguing book follows Jasper Candle's troubled life through a series of mysteries, mingling the world of litigation, medical dramas and family dilemmas into an addictive read. With the help of his colleague and friend Lazlo, he unearths some unpalatable truths, which challenge his previously held beliefs about every aspect of his life. This novel is interesting, accessible and an enjoyable read. – Valerie Loh, Creative Writing Tutor, The London School of Journalism