Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing ....bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night
Edith's fall takes the form of a psychological chiller, but there is also something larger, the poignancy of her struggle not to go under. She is betrayed by such ordinary dreams
Highsmith probes to the very core of her heroine with a controlled ferocity and single-mindedness that illumines every page of her novel. It is a masterly book, a haunting book, a book that lingers long in the memory and constantly disturbs and delights.
A work of extraordinary force and feeling . . . her strongest, her most imaginative and by far her most substantial novel
As original, as funny, as cleverly written and as moving as any novel I have read since I started reviewing
Edith's Diary is certainly one of the saddest novels I ever read, but it is also one of the mere twenty or so that I would say were perfect, unimprovable masterpieces