Reviews

Here are some reviews of Our Endless Numbered Days.

The Sunday Times: Review by Christina Patterson. “From the opening sentence it is  gripping, this tale of life pared to its bare essentials, and of innocence hijacked by harm. Fuller’s understated prose makes it all the more chilling, and it is in the tiny details that the full horror shines through.” The Sunday Times is a pay-walled site, but you can read the full review on my website.

The Times: Review by Fiona Wilson. “…it’s a triumph…Fuller handles the tension masterfully in this grown-up thriller of a fairytale, full of clues, questions and intrigue.” The Times is a pay-walled site, but you can read the full review on my website.

The Sunday Express: Review by Eithne Farry. “Like all good fairy tales, this is a book filled with suspense and revelation, light and shadow and the overwhelming feeling that nothing is quite as it seems in the Hillcoats’ lives. It’s spellbinding, scary stuff.” Read the full review here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

The Independent: Review by Max Liu. “Fuller evokes the natural world’s beauty and brutality as her characters endure nine torrid years in the forest and the novel reaches a sinister conclusion.” Read the full review.

Chicago Tribune: Review by Amy Gentry “…the book is almost impossible to put down. Fuller weaves a hypnotic intensity of detail into her narrative that gives every lie the feel of truth…” You have to log in to read this review, but you can read the full review on my website.

Star Tribune: Review by Cindy Wolfe Boynton ““Our Endless Numbered Days” is an absorbing debut from a talented writer. Its ever-present sense of dread and compelling — but not always reliable — narrator make for a fast-paced, satisfying, page-turning read.” Read the full review.

KIRKUS Reviews: US book review site. “Fuller’s compelling coming-of-age story, narrated from the perspective of Peggy’s return to civilization, is delivered in translucent prose.”

BookPage: A US book review magazine distributed to bookstores and libraries in the US. “This provocative book will inspire questions and discussion, and leave readers eager to see what Fuller does next.” Read the full review.

Woman and Home: “Astonishing sense of place and a sense of tension that gripped me from the off.”

Psychologies Magazine: “A scrappy self-sufficiency keeps them alive, but also glimmers with madness and all the makings of a not-very-happy ever after. Riveting.” Read the full review.

Tor.com: Review by Niall Alexander. “As disturbing as it is at times delightful, and as beautiful as it is brutal, Our Endless Numbered Days should do for Claire Fuller what Room did for Emma Donoghue.” Read the full review.

We Love This Book. A book review site from The Bookseller. Review by Lucy Rock. “A book that is as subtle in its portrayal of psychological demise as it is with its painting of the enchanting forests and wilds of Europe.” Read the full review.

Bustle. A news and entertainment website. Review by Tabitha Blankenbiller. “Once I was into the story, there was nothing else I could do but live there and chase the threads together. The book came into the kitchen to prop up next to the cutting board while I diced onions for dinner. It came into the laundry with me while I switched loads. Yes, it may have made a couple trips into the bathroom.” Read the full review.

Blackwell’s Bookshop, Holborn: “[The first lines of Our Endless Numbered Days] are so intriguing, and ever so slightly sinister, and it’s difficult not to be immediately sucked in by them.” Read the full review.

Litro: A literary online and print magazine. Review by Jennifer Harvey “This is an astonishing debut. A beautifully crafted and intriguing story.” Read the full review.

The Register: An online technology magazine (which oddly, also reviews books). “The best debut novel by a long way so far this year.” Read the full review.

The News Gazette. A paper based in Illinois, USA. “At the end, your jaw will drop. This book comes across as an old Grimm’s fairy tale — full of promise mixed with menace and betrayal in the dark woods.” Read the full review.

Flare Magazine: A Canadian fashion magazine. “You don’t really know what’s going on in this surreal psychological thriller until the the OMG-worthy denouement.” Read the full review.

Cleaver Magazine: A US literary and art magazine. “The novel’s shocking, satisfying ending points to the persistence of the domestic plot in fairy tales, even as it’s flipped.” Read the full review.

Shiny New Books: A book review site on what to read next and why. “At its heart though, Our Endless Numbered Days is a dark novel of the most enjoyable kind and, at the time of writing, the best book I’ve read this year.” Read the full review.

Publishers Weekly: US online and printed magazine for publishers, librarians and agents. “Fuller’s book has the winning combination of an unreliable narrator and a shocking ending.”

The Tusk: An entertainment blog talking about books, movies, sport and more. “… oh man would I love to talk to you once you finish this book. If nothing else to form a support group! It’s so fucking good and so fucking sad and it will make you so fucking grateful for your parents and for whatever it is you’re eating for dinner.”

Addict-Culture: A French website about culture. (This review is in French.) “Mené de main de maître, un premier roman qui aurait pu être glauque, tape à l’œil ou voyeur mais qui, par l’habileté de son auteur, est mû par la grâce.”

Manhattan Book Review: A nationwide US book review publication. “If you are looking for a tread through indomitable emotional landscapes and dazzling natural ones, this is your book.”

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