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"Inquiring and intelligent . . . "The Secret" is a meditation on that central puzzle of human life, the puzzle of identity."
--"The Washington Post
""An intelligent and delightfully bizarre excursion into ethical and philosophical issues raised by technology."
""THE COMPELLING STORY OF AN INDIVIDUAL GIRL TRYING TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT HERSELF."
""Hoffman's consistent sensitivity is informed by her wide erudition. . . . "The Secret" is compelling throughout for Hoffman's prose, for her insights on identity, for her reflections on history."
--"The New York Times Book Review
""Hoffman brilliantly meditates on [a] mystery in her auspicious fiction debut. . . . This is a novel of ideas in the tradition of "1984" and "Brave New World,""
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"Hoffman's . . . multilayered, cautionary 'fable' of genetic engineering in the near future proves compelling, in both its cool intelligence and its insistent moral questioning. . . . "The Secret" is intriguing and deeply sinister, even as it ultimately affirms those mysteries of life and human freedom that still elude us."
"VERY MUCH RECOMMENDED . . .[A] thoughtful, philosophical treatment of the devastating effects a wholly fatherless state can trigger. An uneasy look at the potential fallout from biological tampering, this first novel . . . is ripe for lively book discussion."
""A serious, intelligent, psychological novel which will enhance Hoffman's reputation for wise words gracefully expressed."
""Hoffman sketches a creepily plausible near-future in which her protagonistexperiences a very 21st-century identity crisis."
""A modern allegory somewhere between Frankenstein, the golems of Jewish folklore, and "Blade Runner.""
--"Independent on Sunday