U.S. reviews for Lost Girls

“Everything about this dark, disquieting story confounds expectations…It’s hard to know exactly what kind of tale Pyper has told, but there’s no doubt that he has told it brilliantly.”

The New York Times


“Pyper’s spell-binding debut succeeds on so many levels — as a mystery, a legal thriller, a literary character study — that it’s obvious why it was a #1 bestseller last year in Canada…Compulsively appealing.”

Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)


“Most memorable…is the character of narrator Crane, who undergoes one of the most complete yet credible moral metamorphoses in recent fiction. A debut to remember and a real treat for crime fiction fans.”

Booklist (starred review; selected as Best First Mystery for 2000)


“I don’t know what’s more seductive about Lost Girls, author Andrew Pyper’s scabrously witty, darkly musical language or the psychological pull of his plot. Then again, perhaps the chief attraction is Pyper’s imploding protagonist and narrator, Bartholomew Crane…Dazzling word work — reminiscent of Martin Amis’…First novelist Pyper isn’t a writer who’s going somewhere — he’s already arrived.”

The Boston Sunday Globe


“It’s rare that a first novel is both brilliantly written and has a solid, carefully threaded plot, but Andrew Pyper pulls it off here…Pyper understands his characters so well that Crane’s path of self-discover is both heartfelt and gripping.”

The New York Post


“A spooky psychological thriller with a strangely compelling anti-hero…a powerful debut.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


“Particularly well-written…Pyper has created a captivating tale with a protagonist for the new millenium. He enriches the story with an elegant writing style and a mood that fits his story perfectly. Lost Girls was a No. 1 bestseller in Canada, and it’s easy to see why.”

The Boston Sunday Globe


“A Canadian Anatomy of a Murder: savvy, stylish, and very entertaining.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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