Dyer’s backgrounding of the tragedy, skilfully threaded into his narrative, is impressive, vividly reminding us of the enormity of the event and the tremendous impact it must have had at the time . . . For the reader, it is a gripping tale of an awful, yet unforgettable, event. It is to Dyer’s credit he has been able to achieve this, given the real story is so well known.
Ross Southernwood, The Sydney Morning Herald
This excellent historical novel pushed me into new territory. I found myself researching for more stories of the accident, reaching for more facts from the night, re-watching A Night To Remember and berating myself for my seemingly macabre interest . . . [Dyer's] work is evidence of a longstanding fascination shared by many, and the result of this interest, in Dyer's case, is a novel that is disarming, compelling and, most importantly, compassionate.
Chris Gordon, Readings (Events Manager)
The Midnight Watch is engrossing historical fiction. It's such an assured debut that we must hope Dyer decides to keep writing, rather than dashing off to become an astronaut or run for prime minister.
Stephen Romei, Weekend Australian
[The Midnight Watch] is a gripping, expertly written tale that draws on Dyer's merchant navy experience and brings the tragedy to life by juxtaposing the horrible fate of individuals . . . with the callousness of people who shielded themselves from responsibility.
Marc McEvoy, Canberra Times
Dyer's own experience in the Merchant Navy provides an empathic and authentic insight into what it was like at sea — bringing alive in his novel the unique challenges on a ship . . . to produce an eminently readable book with a striking perspective on an age-old story.
Elaine Fry, West Australian
This is Dyer's debut novel and he writes with a reporter's passion for detail, while his sensitive cast of flawed storytellers paints a whole new world . . . What happened aboard that craft is quite chilling and Dyer's search for the truth has a thriller's edge.
Leila McKinnon, Australian Women's Weekly
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