"This sophomore effort by the author of The Hourglass Factory is a fascinating historical mystery that explores issues of secrecy, trust, and families but never impedes the element of almost Hitchcockian suspense. A sure-bet for fans of the PBS series The Bletchley Circle, Susan Elia MacNeal’s “Maggie Hope” series, and Rhys Bowen’s In Farleigh Field."
– Library Journal (starred; Pick of the Month)
"Ribchester convincingly re-creates wartime life and the enclosed world of code-breaking and plays out the suspense in a Hitchcock homage almost worthy of the master."
– Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"A richly imagined WWII-era thriller. Ribchester movingly reflects on trust, illusion, and the stories that connect us to our pasts."
– Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Filled with enough mystery and reversals to keep the reader turning pages. I also enjoyed the nostalgic look back at some of the movies and music of that bygone era, and was completely surprised by the ending."
– Mystery Scene
"Both a quirky satire of WWII spy fiction and a complex, suspenseful story filled with unusual details portraying women’s lives during the war."
"Suspense, mystery, and intrigue are high in this novel. Ribchester easily transports readers to the past, cleverly hiding clues throughout bits of the story, and creating quite a number of twists and turns throughout. Bletchley Circle comes alive, as do the feelings of fear, distrust, and paranoia of the times. Readers will be kept guessing, and the ending is a surprise. Recommended."
– Historical Novels Review
"A brilliant novel of lies and intrigue at Bletchley Park. A compelling mystery with historically accurate details."
"While the mystery itself is compelling, the novel’s most intriguing elements come from depictions of life in England during wartime blackouts and rationing. [Ribchester] builds a realistic setting that makes Honey’s situation informative and believable."
– New York Journal of Books