'Crime writing of the highest order, creepy ... with satisfying fits of the shivers.' Sunday Times
'An addictive emotional thriller.' Independent
'Tackles tough, complex issues with panache ... the written equivalent of film noir.' Independent on Sunday
'Glaister, along with Ruth Rendell, has almost cornered the market in writing horror stories set in the suburbs.' The Times
‘When I am charmed after only reaching page 4 of a novel then I know I am in the hands of a fine writer, and 'Sheer Blue Bliss' is exemplary. Glaister's evocative style is superb particularly in detailing the more sensuous aspects of the world. By the end of the first chapter I felt like ditching the duvet and rushing out to buy some good old fashioned cotton sheets - so enticingly were they described.
The compulsive, obsessive and damaged personality of Tony is narrated with sharp brilliance. I found that some passages had such powerful 'stream of consciousness' aliveness about them that I became wholly absorbed in his quest for his own personal grail. The flaws in his character are evident in every step he takes leaving the reader hooked with anticipation but also hopefully some understanding and empathy as well.
This was my first encounter with Glaister's writing: I found the tone and atmosphere somewhat akin to that of Rendell but despite the slightly mystical flavour of the novel, Glaister's characters are more credible and flawed giving the writing a more compelling feel. Strongly recommended.’ Amazon Customer Review - Damian of Clitheroe
‘This is a marvelous read. On the first page we meet Tony who is fixated on clean white shirts and the legendary Bliss elixir created by eccentric Patrick Mount. Then off to eccentric and rather gorgeous old lady bohemian Connie Benson who is waiting to be interviewed about her finally showing her last painting of her lover Mount. Tony of course gets to hear about it, and sets out to find her. He is unhinged yet oddly appealing; she is unusual, life-loving, still thinking over her past when as a girl she first fell in love (and in bed) with Mount. This book is funny, moving, tense, strange, and utterly compelling. I read on with my heart quickening and senses sharpening. If you haven't read Lesley Glaister yet, I strongly suggest you do so NOW. And this is one of her best.’