Yellow received high
praise when first published in the UK in
early 2004, with The Times Literary
Supplement saying, 'Simple but highly
effective, Yellow sets the net
curtains of one's mind a twitch,' and The
Daily Mail describing it as 'a taut,
maze-like narrative that will entrap you
within pages.' Opinion in the USA has been a
little more mixed - most offer praise but a
few, such as the reviewer for Publishers
Weekly, are less enthusiastic saying, "Visman
does turn out some sharp prose while keeping
readers guessing, but Stella is too grating
to hold readers' sympathy, even when she
In response to PW I would ask, since when do we have to like a character to appreciate good writing? Visman says that she was inspired by Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) and Booklist describes Yellow as "like Ruth Rendell at her best, but with a mordant hipness. So, if you enjoy psychological thrillers with a good dollop of menace and paranoia, click below to browse an excerpt from this excellent second novel.
This review was originally published in July 2005, and has been updated for the June 2006 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.
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