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Critical Praise

“Eerie and atmospheric, this psychological thriller will twist its way into readers’ psyches.” 


“Suspenseful debut.” 

—Publishers Weekly

“THE BARTER is a delightful and utterly unique portrait of parenthood across the ages. Siobhan Adcock manages to express what is inexpressible about motherhood and marriage, deftly capturing the banal and the divine, the give and the take. As funny, profound, otherworldly and terrifying as love itself, this is a debut novel not to be missed.” 


“Absolutely outstanding. THE BARTER is a ghost story haunted by love, a love story haunted by ghosts and a literary mystery propelled by the unsaid secrets of marriage and motherhood. In Adcock’s world, you won’t know whether it’s fear, love or outright beauty making your heart beat like a drum. You won’t know, and you won’t care at all. You’ll just have to keep reading.”

—Patrick Somerville, author of THIS BRIGHT RIVER and THE CRADLE

“Reading THE BARTER is like standing at the edge of an abyss: deep, dark and terrifying, it is also a gripping and exhilarating story about fear, courage and the demands and sacrifices of love. An enthralling page-turner of a novel that had me on the edge of my seat from the first page and continued to haunt me after the last.” 

—Catherine Chung, author of FORGOTTEN COUNTRY

“Siobhan Adcock takes a very contemporary question --- can women ever really “have it all” or are trade-offs invariably exacted? --- and examines it through the startling prism of a ghost story. Part comedy of manners, part historical fiction and part genuinely creepy page-turner, THE BARTER casts a lively eye on the sacrifices, willing and involuntary, women make as they endeavor to weave together the heart’s various desires.” 

—Leah Hager Cohen, author of NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD

“Siobhan Adcock’s impressive debut is a spellbinding blend of historical fiction and ghost story, made all the more believable --- and harrowing --- by its realistic depiction of the tenuous balance between fulfillment and sacrifice within a marriage.” 

—Jennifer Chiaverini, author of MRS. LINCOLN’S RIVAL