"This is a shattering book, imagined with startling emotional precision and generosity. And though it begins in catastrophe, Reservation Road turns out to be a kind of map of connectedness: Touch a child here and the whole world trembles out of orbit; everyone bleeds; finally, perhaps, after great pain, everyone heals. John Burnham Schwartz is awfully young to own this much wisdom, but there it is, on every page."
"A powerful and affecting novel…haunting…highly suspenseful…compelling to read."
–Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"Spellbinding…a haunting tale"
"A poignant thriller…quietly breathtaking…a suspenseful literary novel"
–Betsey Osborne, Vanity Fair
"A pleasure to read. Suspense is redefined here…"
–Sandra Scofield, Newsday
"A lovely book, full of life and feeling"
"One of those rare–very rare–novels that you don’t so much read as inhabit…But it’s the novel’s conclusion, as perfect as it is sudden, shocking and completely unexpected, that will stick in your memory."
–Tom Dehaven, Entertainment Weekly
"A beautiful novel. An important novel"
–David Bowman, New York Observer
"Both a beautiful, wrenching story of redemption, and a novel of exquisite suspense"
"A first-rate work of fiction disguised as a page-turning thriller"
"An unexpected pleasure…It will leave the reader entranced as well as moved."
–Erica Noonan, Boston Herald
"A non-stop read…a wonderful writer"
"A triumph of form, pacing and power…character-driven as it is, it reads like a thrille, swift and complete."
–Kit Reed, New York Times Book Review
"It possesses a conclusion of such power that it would be a literary crime to reveal it."
–Deirdre Donahue, USA Today