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The book captures you by the end of the first chapter.
If you like great writing and strong, vivid characters, a feel of actually living in another time, and an ending that makes you think, this book is for you.
Kudos to Ms. McCann for a stunning gift which holds our interest from first word to last, in a big, potent, and human novel of true love and tragedy.
One of the best first novels I've read and one of the best novels I've read in years. Great character development and lushly written.Published 2 days ago by Susan
A brutal masterpiece. It pulls no punches. This one hits and resonates. This should have been a much bigger hit in the U.S. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Needham
One of the most thrilling, mesmerizing and beautiful stories I have read. The build up to Ferris & Jacob's affair was captivating and addictive and the pain, love and wickedness... Read morePublished 5 months ago by V Heartstring (Atlas Deen)
Period piece, war, love, sex, murder, and demented characters; all the components I love in books. The writing style was really good I thought. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nazareth
I was listening to a short NPR interview (I don't remember the name of the person being interviewed). Their favorite book, which impacted their life, was As Meat Loves Salt. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kfarver
All of the people in this book were hate-able. Not unlikable, hate-able. By the end, not a single one of the primary characters had a redeeming characteristic that made me want to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Liz A.
I saw this book listed on so many "must read" lists that I was excited to read it. As a lover of historical fiction I felt there was no way I wouldn't devour this book in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Avid Reader
Poorly written (and roughly edited it seems), stumbling and unclear tale about a thoroughly loathesome protagonist. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr. Philip Malthus
Too many things left hanging in this book. Very slow at times. It seemed to be many little back stories that never resolved themselves. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Julie