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Daniel MalloryWhat a spare, artful novel this is: how lean, how swift, how bitterly sad. The solution to its mystery will not astonish perceptive readers, but even seasoned crime aficionados should savor the ineluctable undertow of dread surging beneath the surface of Black Seconds, dragging the characters out to sea—quite literally, in one instance—and snarling their destinies like twine. We approach the final pages feeling wounded, as though a dagger had been plunged into our heart; and in her concluding sentences, Fossum twists the blade one last time. It's a merciless conclusion to a novel of rare, hypnotic power.
—The Washington Post