From far and wide, the different characters are all drawn together; drawn to Jack's place. In its mix of people from different spheres, the story throws up the complexity, cruelty and richness of the global world while, as a sequence of personal stories, it is a masquerade in which things are not always what they seem
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Libby Brooks, Guardian||'Her fiction snares from the first page, its plot machinations skilfully veiling a darker pulse'
Joanna Briscoe||'Barbara Trapido's writing is so sparklingly clear and witty that it can be a shock to realise how strong an undertow runs beneath the surface'
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