Praise for The Killing Circle
"...extraordinary thriller... Powered by an ingeniously nonlinear narrative and suffused with a tone thick with dread, this is easily Pyper's most ambitious—and absorbing—work to date."
"[Pyper] is a true prose-master...A generous topping of caustic humour and
sharp-witted observations...an uncozy, fright-filled thriller."
-The Globe and Mail
"The villain leaps off the page...Pyper does an impressive job building suspense, offering enough narrative twists and turns to keep the reader nicely off balance. Basing the experience of the novel in Rush's first-person perspective, he is able to capture not only the depths of the haunting and gradually mounting terror, but also the more routine aspects of the character's life...A strong and compelling read."
-The Vancouver Sun
"Spookily terrific...Great suspense and a great story. And also
gives pause to reflect on the nature of evil."
-Winnipeg Free Press
"Few are better at conveying an omnipresent sense of dread and horror bubbling just beneath life's seemingly mundane routines. The Killing Circle
will keep you up one night reading and another four checking the locks on the doors."
"...a deliciously vicious summer thriller..."
The Killing Circle is transfixing in its handling of suspense, and thought provoking in its reflections on the seductive art of manufacturing fortune. Pyper delivers a dark, compelling read that occasionally--and refreshingly--steps outside itself and invites readers to think about the nature of fear and obsession."
Sharp and witty. . .An intriguing, plot-based narrative about the inability of traditional heroism and decency to effect change in a world stripped of its moral and cultural signposts."
-Quill & Quire
"Pyper — fast becoming Canada’s gentlemanly answer to Chuck Palahniuk — is quite capable of tweaking masterful plots and original turns out of genre chestnuts."
"A thumping good read, a real creep-fest."
"The Killing Circle is the best of a quartet of outstanding mystery-thriller novels by Andrew Pyper. A riveting prologue, impossible to put down, quickens the beat and leaves you with a twist in the pit of your gut. The twist weaves you through the story of fear, panic and resignation and it dirves you onward, page by page, to the conclusion...The Killing Circle is a complex, atmospheric work that twists and turns to an unsettling conclusion. It's a challenging and compulsive read that clearly demonstrates Andrew Pyper as a unique storyteller on the Canadian scene."
"Rising star [Pyper] doesn't disappoint in [this] fast-paced, funny thriller. A terrific ride of a mystery...the story hurtles along. Pyper is so good at dropping clues. The thing is, he's also good at introducing so many twists that you'd swear his plot was inpired by a bowl of rotini."
"Healthy dollops of plagiarism, rumination on the costly nature of success and action-packed...final pages and Patrick learns a sobering lesson about art versus reality: 'The Sandman had plans of its own. All it needed me for was to set it free.'"
-The Los Angeles Times
"It's not for nothing that Pyper has been hailed as 'leading the way among the bright young things of new Canadian writing.'"
-The Gazette (Montreal)
"As he proved before, Andrew Pyper is more than adept at delivering atmosphere while balancing different story strands and The Killing Circle finds him raising his game even further."
-Dublin Evening Herald
"Although this thriller is a slow-burner to begin with, it soon takes light and is almost unputdownable. A sinister cast of characters, including a shadowy and ghost-like killer, make this a creepy read. It was no surprise to read that it was in development for a feature film."
-South Wales Argus
"Canada's genre fiction giant"
Words at Large, CBC Radio
'Andrew Pyper explores how far a wannabe writer will go in pursuit of success in his book The Killing Circle'