Extraordinarily powerful debut novel.
It is very good; it may be a classic.
The Saturday Paper
Intense, lyrical and troubling.
Sydney Morning Herald and The Sunday Age
Bleak, but also intensely beautiful, Black Rock White City is compelling reading.
The Big Issue. Five Star review.
This is not a pick-me-up, put-me-down book. Patric builds his characters superbly and the plot builds to a shocking and surprising climax. Some of the writing is confronting but it will grab your attention and not let it go.
Barry Dick, Sunday Territorian
Everyone is a victim. Lives are ruined. Tragedy does not take sides. And therein lies the knockout blow of this truly wonderful novel: the scars endure, the poison continues to course through the vein, but simple humanity might still triumph.
Bram Presser, http://baitforbookworms.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/microviews-vol-54-war-in-pieces.html
It’s not just another relationship novel; it’s not justa novel about sad migrant experiences and damaged people. Black Rock White City is a novel about the complexity of city life and although it is firmly grounded in the suburbs of Melbourne, it is universal in its fully realised ambitions.
Lisa Hill, http://anzlitlovers.com/2015/02/16/black-rock-white-city-by-a-s-patric/
It’s a story of war without being a war story; it’s thrilling but without a thriller’s tendency to rely on stereotyped heroes and victims. It’s the kind of almost-mystery novel you’ll race to the end of, then bemoan the fact you didn’t take more time to savour. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a tale of heartbreak in reverse.