Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing ....bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night
Edith's fall takes the form of a psychological chiller, but there is also something larger, the poignancy of her struggle not to go under. She is betrayed by such ordinary dreams
A work of extraordinary force and feeling . . . her strongest, her most imaginative and by far her most substantial novel
Edith's Diary is certainly one of the saddest novels I ever read, but it is also one of the mere twenty or so that I would say were perfect, unimprovable masterpieces
As original, as funny, as cleverly written and as moving as any novel I have read since I started reviewing
Highsmith probes to the very core of her heroine with a controlled ferocity and single-mindedness that illumines every page of her novel. It is a masterly book, a haunting book, a book that lingers long in the memory and constantly disturbs and delights.