This wonderfully subtle thriller… with a tone somewhere between Ian McEwan’s Atonement and the best of the current crop of European crime novelists, this bitter gem promises great things from the talented Oksanen.
Kirkus Reviews (US)
A sheer masterpiece… A marvel… I hope that everyone in the world who knows how to read, reads Purge.
Nancy Huston, author of Fault Lines
Only the very best that can bring to light a suffering mind and find a wounded nation within.
Now and then I read books that are so good that I can’t quite understand how the author does it. This applies to PURGE.
When the Doves Disappeared is without a doubt the greatest landmark yet in Oksanen's production, a pure masterpiece.
Sofi Oksanen has become a literary phenomenon...Purge is a flawed, brilliant piece of work that does not easily relinquish its grip on reader's imagination.
The Times (UK)
By reading Sofi Oksanen one regains faith in literary art’s power and potential.
Sofi Oksanen is a literary genius.
Svenska dagbladet (Sweden)
Sofi Oksanen stands out with Purge. This is a family saga like no other.
Sunday Times/Best books of 2010 (UK)