Reviews

Kirkus (starred review), 17th July 2018
“In the vein of Shirley Jackson’s bone-chilling The Haunting of Hill House, Fuller’s disturbing novel will entrap readers in its twisty narrative, leaving them to reckon with what is real and what is unreal. An intoxicating, unsettling masterpiece.”
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The Observer, 29th July 2018
“Fuller is an accomplished and serious writer who has the ability to implant interesting psychological dimensions into plotty, pacy narratives.”

The Sunday Times, 22nd July 2018
“The real interest lies in the fascinating gaps and contradictions, the complexity of the characters and the thematic richness. It is rare for me to put down a novel and then immediately consider rereading it to see what cleverness I might have missed. This time, though, I am tempted.”
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The Independent, 9th August 2018
“Bitter Orange, Claire Fuller’s heady, claustrophobic third novel, makes for perfect heatwave reading.”
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The Times, 11th August 2018
“Fuller keeps one step ahead of the reader’s expectations, and creates an atmosphere of simmering menace with all the assurance of a latter-day Daphne du Maurier.”
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Publishers Weekly
“The lush setting and remarkable characters make for an immersive mystery.”
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Country Life, August 2018
“With shades of Brideshead and Manderley, Claire Fuller’s atmospheric third novel plays a satisfyingly unpredictable game with reader expectations. Prepare to be meticulously unsettled and horribly enthralled.”
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The Spectator
“A naturally engaging and elegantly written novel.”
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The Irish Times, 26th July 2018
“Bitter Orange reads like an assured, old-school, du Maurieresque classic. It’s an atmospheric page-turner that speeds us towards a bloody climax of shocks and surprises…”
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The Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2018
“This novel with its gothic tropes, is rich, clever and very readable.”

The Belfast Telegraph, 11th August 2018
“Like her character Cara, the author is a dazzling storyteller, and the otherworldly charm of the setting is alluringly evoked, but in this tale trouble likes not far below the sheen of a golden exterior.”
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The Sunday Mirror, 5th August 2018
“Narrated by the unreliable and complex Frances, this multi-layered, lush and twisty story is brilliantly clever.”

The Daily Mail
“This darkly smouldering, desperately sad, superior psychological thriller contains shades of Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal – and that’s a good thing.”
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Stylist Magazine
“Fuller is a master at summoning the atmosphere of a heady, hot summer, that thrums with tension, and Bitter Orange is perfectly paced to keep you intrigued from beginning to end.”
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Red Magazine
“This is an exquisite and skilfully written novel, which worms its way under your skin.”
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Metro
“A slow-burn tale that saves its most heart-wrenching revelation for last.”
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Tatler Magazine
“A rich and hypnotic read.”
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