“Marro’s perception of the hurt and guilt her characters carry is deftly portrayed… Marro provides a clear sense that, while the past can’t be undone, the future always offers a chance to make amends, and the human spirit can triumph over pain and find hope in family and forgiveness. Marro casts a ray of hope that a good life can be lived after terrible tragedy.” Kirkus Reviews

“… this powerful first novel will leave the reader reflecting for days.- Library Journal

“…tremendous debut…Casualties is a heartfelt, harrowing story, but never maudlin or melodramatic. Marro moves back and forth through multiple perspectives, each one believable and real, yet impossible to predict. When Ruth recalls her grandmother’s advice, it feels like the ache of a lesson learned the hard way. “It’s all one life, honey. You can’t just start a new one because you don’t like the one you have.” Citybeat

“Loss, both the kind you do not ask for and the kind you invite, does not mean starting over. It does not mean giving up. Marro has other plans for loss. Loss is sometimes the clearing out of the path we take to heal ourselves of wounds long neglected. Her characters’ journey becomes ours and, as a consequence, we exult in their hard-won reckonings.” North Shore Book Notes

“A powerful novel about how war affects whole families, not just individual soldiers. This is an impressive debut novel from Elizabeth Marro.” Nudge 

“At its heart, Casualties is a moving story about two broken strangers who take to the road together and, during their journey, find a way to help each other heal. My biggest concern is that the book ends before the story does. Marro has left plenty of material for a sequel. ” Chick Lit Central