The list author says: "There's nothing better than finding one of those books that grab you from the first page and leave you desperate for more when you finally finish. There's nothing worse than finding one of those books that are poorly written with a predictable, threadbare plot, have one-dimensional characters, and ultimately leave you disappointed. Unfortunately, the good ones are far outnumbered by the bad ones...so I thought I'd put a list together in hopes of helping others find that perfect book!"
"If I was a better writer, this would be the kind of book I'd like to write. It's a mystery that unravels slowly, over a hundred years and several different narrators, and every time I read it I love it even more."
"Wish I had made this list before the movie tie-in was available because the book deserves to stand on its own. Nicholls does a great job with the framework of the story and the snapshots the reader gets of Em and Dex each year are equal parts revealing, romantic and heartbreaking."
"In my opinion, much better than The Historian, Kostova's first novel. The transitions between present day and 19th century France are seamless and while the plot is somewhat quiet, somehow Kostova manages to keep the reader completely engaged over hundreds of pages."