"The novel is hypnotic, melancholic and requires concentration, but it builds to an incredibly tense and emotionally satisfying climax that rewards all the effort." ""Elle"""
""The Chimes" is a remarkable debut. It's inventive, beautifully written, and completely absorbing. I highly recommend it."
"Kevin Powers, author of "The Yellow Birds"
"To call "The Chimes" striking is, I dare say, to underplay what might be the most distinctive debut of the decade."
"Creates an artistic and cerebral vision of a people without past or future . . . Smaill's melodious prose lures the reader like a pied piper. With literary trappings, but a solidly speculative heart, "The Chimes "is a cantata of pure delight."
"Atmospheric, intensely-imagined strangeness." Daily Mail"
"something strikingly new" Lit Hub"
"A highly original dystopian masterpiece, an intricately imagined, exquisitely invoked world in which music instills order and ravages individuality . . . Smaill is a poet and a classically trained violinist, and both these skills shine in this lyrical novel steeped in the language of music . . . clearly marking her as an exciting new writer to watch."
--Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March
"something strikingly new"--Lit Hub
"Smaill's clever use of musical terms in her characters' speech adds to the immersive quality of the work, and her melodious prose lures the reader like a pied piper. With literary trappings but a solidly speculative heart, The Chimes is a cantata of pure delight."--Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)