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Gregory CowlesThis is grim stuff, but no grimmer than your average Stephen King novel. Like King, McCabe knows how to invest pop culture with a sinister bathos: in his hands, My Little Pony becomes as foreboding as the dead robin that Hatch and his daughter find in the park, while ordinary chocolate bars make Hatch remember childhood abuse at the hands of an uncle. At least I think they do - McCabe is also more intense than King (or just about anyone else), and his characters are so trapped inside their own skulls that his novels can feel hermetically sealed. In the past, he’s balanced that with an appealing dark humor, but in Winterwood he settles for urgent, sustained apprehension.
— The New York Times