Reviews of The Unmaking of Eden

"The Unmaking of Eden is a brilliant, epic, immersive piece of storytelling. It is hard to believe it is the work of a first-time writer, such is the confidence and sophistication of the story-telling."

"I was bowled over by the phenomenally powerful storytelling here. In our heroine, Eden, we have one of the most engaging, spiky, heartbreaking 12-year-olds I have had the pleasure of encountering on the page. She brings real heart and high emotional stakes to this intricately plotted story of the collision between a commune, a drug company and a fierce and damaged young woman. There is an unlikely but beautiful relationship at the core of the story – one that swells your heart with hope and makes you desperate to keep turning the pages to see where this pair will end up. I was wholly in its grip from first page to last and can’t wait to see more from this writer."

Literary agent Victoria Hobbs of AM Heath


"Dakota Canon has a hugely confident commercial prose style and is superb at bringing to life the inner voice of her young protagonist-on-the-run Eden. Dakota’s first novel is full of atmosphere and culminates in a startling twist that makes you want to go back to the beginning and start all over again." 

Ed Wood, Publishing Director, Sphere Fiction / IP Director, Little Brown Book Group

"Dakota Canon’s construction of her protagonist’s voice is a real achievement: immediate, intimate and indelible. Eden’s narration announces itself with a confidence rarely seen in unpublished work."

Emma Paterson, Literary Agent at Aitken Alexander Associates

"I think it's brilliant. I can't remember the last time I said that, about anything. I would not hesitate for a second to read The Unmaking of Eden again."

"I read the whole thing in one sitting, I COULD NOT STOP, the story was just that compelling. It's a great book, a fantastic book, due to the writing.


In the history of movies, how many millions of movies have been made, right?  Some good some bad -- and then you see a Quentin Tarantino film and you suddenly understand that no one's ever made a movie before. It took him to come along and make a movie, and we see it and go, damn that's what a movie is supposed to be. That's how I feel about your story. You get it. You get what a story is supposed to do. That is a rare talent."

Award-winning author, Liz Lopez


"This is fantastic writing. This has to be published. I don't know anyone who will not love your character. She gets better and better. A witty, paranoid schizophrenic, love-chick."

Author John Cambridge


"Fantastic prose throughout. Breathtaking at times. Just amazing."


"A brilliant writer who keeps us guessing with every turn of the page."

Author Kathleen Keenan


"Ohhh, man. What a ride. Damn if that isn't powerfully and wonderfully heart-wrenching material. I loved it!"