"Pyper uses his haunted house to maximum effect, finding the right balance between believable detail and supernatural, menacing atmosphere."
-Quill & Quire
"Pyper's plot hits a near-perfect pace..."
"...vivid imagery, bold prose...The Guardians thrills and scares... Andrew Pyper has set a high bar for thrillers, just days into a new year, and other Canadian crime writers will be hard-pressed to top him."
"This is a page-turner that will make your heart pound. You’ve been warned."
-The Globe and Mail
"...compellingly readable and stylistically impressive..."
"[h]auntingly good...Andrew Pyper's The Guardians will chill you far more than winter ever could."
"The writing is so convincing, even the most skeptical readers may find themselves shaking with fear...A white-knuckle thriller balanced with a satisfying character study."
"The Guardians is a page-turner of suspense...A psychological tour de force."
-Owen Sound Sun Times
"A wonderfully atmospheric chiller from Pyper who excels at combining crime and horror...A nail-biting read, deliciously tense and well written. The relationships of the small town, and particularly those between the quartet of friends, are skilfully drawn and Trevor is an appealing, flawed and vulnerable protagonist."
-Tangled Web (UK)
"Blisteringly readable. The language is so tight and carefully honed, yet evocative...The Guardians fires on all cylinders: it's a headlong, absorbing narrative enriched by an unflinching literary conscientiousness. They say you can never please everyone: The Guardians comes damn close."
"I opened it and was sucked in fast."
"...ample twists and turns and an ending that’s the trademark of all good thrillers."
"* * * * [Four stars]. A very creepy story...Pyper has such a gift for character and setting."
"The Guardians manages to be both a heart-pounding and heartwarming read. It's a story that will stay with you long after you put it down."
"Ambitious...With a well-executed dual narrative, both past and present, strong characterizations and some truly arresting images, The Guardians is a compelling and genuinely creepy read."
-The Guardian (UK)
"It draws you in...The Guardians' themes include the influence of past crimes and the treacherous uncertainty of memory."
"The Guardians is a dark, brooding, compelling story about the loss of innocence and the ubiquity of evil, with a finalé as bittersweet as your 50th birthday party."
“Pyper is the most striking Canadian crime writer to emerge in recent years and The Guardians is a characteristically intelligent move into Stephen King territory.”
-Mail on Sunday (UK)