Fascinating... A gripping rags-to-riches story
Extraordinary... An amazing taleLynn Barber
Empty Mansions is at once an engrossing portrait of a forgotten American heiress and a fascinating meditation on the crosswinds of extreme wealth. Hugely entertaining and well researched, Empty Mansions is a fabulous read.Amanda Foreman
Dedman has a keen understanding of the public appetite for such a story and... is thorough, sympathetic and gently wryCressida Connolly
Absorbing... A powerful illustration of the pitfalls of wealth.
Her story is one of the strangest and loneliest imaginable but, in this compassionate, engrossing account of it, Dedman and Newell have done their shy heroine justice.Lucy Moore
An amazing story of profligate wealth, one so wild that 'American aspiration' doesn't begin to describe its excesses . . . An outsized tale of rags-to-riches prosperity
The New York Times
An evocative and rollicking read, part social history, part hothouse mystery, part grand guignol.
The Daily Beast
Empty Mansions is a dazzlement and a wonder... This is an enchanting journey into the mysteries of the mind, a true-to-life exploration of strangeness and delight.Pat Conroy
Empty Mansions reveals this mysterious family in sumptuous detail.John Berendt