'Similarities to Capote's In Cold Blood ... A chilling novel' Booklist.
'A superior slice of German noir. Andrea Maria Schenkel is the supreme exponent of German neo-realism ... Examines the German conscience, as if searching for the psyche behind the Nazi monstrosities ... Allows us to penetrate the intense and horrific emotional reactions of the witnesses - including the murderer ... Schenkel can be considered as a deeply serious writer. Though her books are short, the impact they achieve undoubtedly merit this status' Independent.
'Spellbinding ... The shifting points of view and the minutiae, blurred somewhat by the passage of time, cause the details to often contradict, but the confusion and uncertainty are in perfect keeping with the hard realism of the facts. These are presented in raw fashion, which brings the reader that much closer to the killing and its consequences. And for this reason, the impact is all the more harrowing' Irish Examiner.
'Schenkel's book (written in German and impeccably translated), at about a quarter of the length [...] has all the other attributes of the best crime novels in the subgenre that could be called 'historical realism' ... Rural Germany in the late 1940s was primitive, prejudiced and poor, so this is not a cheery book. But it is a very good one' Literary Review.
'Packs a lingering punch ... Schenkel - and the wonderful Anthea Bell, in her lucid, unobtrusive translation - is setting out to do something different. The Dark Meadow, in its evocative descriptions of postwar life in a German village, in its lack of sentimentality, pathos or melodrama, is a bleakly real portrait of injustice, poverty and hopelessness. Murder most foul, and shown here in all its pointless, meaningless cruelty' Alison Flood, Observer Thriller of the Month.