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Helen FitzGerald is one of thirteen children and grew up in Victoria, Australia. She now lives in Glasgow with her husband and two children. Helen has worked as a social worker for over ten years. She has published four other novels with Faber: Dead Lovely, My Last Confession, The Donor and most recently The Cry, which was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
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A seriously fabulous, gritty, and whip-cracking humour filled read. Mary Shields is a menopausal probation officer on the edge, when a murderer is released into her care events soon spiral out of control. The first line smacked me in the face, I half flinched, half blurted with laughter. Just a note of warning, while I discovered a smirk lurking on nearly every page, some may see the humour as warped. It is the type of dark humour typical of anyone who has worked in some seriously difficult situations, where if you didn’t laugh you’d cry. Helen Fitzgerald is the author of the BBC TV series The Cry, and previously worked as a criminal justice social worker. Her knowledge shines through, I didn’t stop, I didn’t question, I simply sank into the deep murky depths of the story and believed. When I reached the oh so beautiful end I wanted to leap to my feet and give Helen Fitzgerald a standing ovation. I absolutely adored Worst Case Scenario, this is short, sharp storytelling at its very best, which has earned it a place as one of my picks of the month and a LoveReading star book.
I am a huge fan of this author whose work is frequently categorised as crime but although her books do have a crime element, often sinister, they are so much more. Here 23-year old Catherine, unable to get a job elsewhere, takes up her mother’s contact and becomes a carer in an old people’s home. She develops an attachment with an 82-year old, dementia suffering children’s writer and illustrator who is convinced something very nasty is happening in the home. No one believes her. What is truly horrific and how Catherine discovers the truth is startling. When her mother is involved the tale becomes heartbreakingly sad. The whole thing hits you in the stomach. Stunning.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2013. I do love this author’s structure. We have a crime … or do we? We have a court case but what is Joanna being tried for? We have multi-voices but never a full explanation and so the plot builds in a compulsive spiral of doubt. It is not until the final pages and after twist upon twist that we are finally given a punch in the stomach, an ending that still leaves a question. Did she or didn’t she? Is she mad or not? You’ve got to read this inventive domestic drama to find out. Highly recommended, read it and then all her others, particularly The Donor. She is very special.
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. Everybody should read everything that Helen Fitzgerald has written. She is dark, clever, highly inventive and I believe needs more recognition than she is getting. This human drama is about twin girls, both needing a kidney transplant; their father has two … but … How this dreadful dilemma is faced and solved is beautifully done in a tale told in many voices with a terrific twist. I literally could not put down.
It’s not often you come across a thriller that is as funny as it is scary but here is such a book with the title a slight give away to the tone. When Cat tries to settle her pre-wedding nerves by sleeping with her ex boyfriends her risk taking solution lands her in a lot more trouble than she could ever have imagined when they all turn up dead and she is the main suspect. A brilliant addition to the genre.
This author is very special, she has not written a mediocre book, all, very different, are riveting and disturbing. Here we follow a young Australian girl fleeing home and landing up in a squat in London with a load of losers. She hears noises in the night and her room smells very unpleasant. What she discovers is pretty upsetting …. And then it gets worse. It is genuinely unputdownable, a terrific read. Comparison: Louise Welsh, Nicci French, Sophie Hannah.
Returning to Scotland to organize her wedding, Catriona is overcome with the jitters. She decides to tie up loose ends before settling permanently in Tuscany, and seeks out her ex-boyfriends. Only problem is, they all end up dead and Catriona is the prime suspect.
Ein Roman wie ein paar Handschellen - hart, sexy und fesselnd. So etwas gab es lange nicht zu lesen - ausgenommen vielleicht von Karen Duve oder A. L. Kennedy. "e;Manche Menschen finden auf einen Schlag zu sich selbst, wie bei einer Explosion. Ich selbst habe Stck fr Stck zu mir selbst gefunden, mehr oder weniger durch eine Reihe von Zufllen. Das erste Stck habe ich in einem Zelt auf dem West Highland Way gefunden. Meine beste Freundin Sarah schlief. Ihr Mann lag neben ihr, und ich schluckte sein Sperma. Ich entdeckte das nchste Stck von mir am Grund einer Klippe, als ich Sarahs toten Krper dort entlangschleifte, whrend ihr Kopf gegen die Felsen schlug. Sarah, meine beste Freundin seit Kinderzeiten, die ich verraten und ermordet hatte. Und dann, in der Dunkelheit des Dachbodens meiner Eltern, fand ich den Rest von mir."e; So rasant beginnt Helen FitzGeralds Debtroman, in dem Hrte und Wrme, Unbarmherzigkeit und Liebe gefhrlich nah beieinander liegen. Es ist die Geschichte von Krissie und Sarah, unzertrennlich seit Kindertagen, deren Freundschaft abrupt am Fue einer Klippe endet. Krissie, eher der chaotische Typ, trinkt, nimmt Pilze, vgelt herum, trifft falsche Entscheidungen und ist fr ihren Sohn alles andere als eine perfekte Mutter. Sarah hingegen hat alles im Griff, sie hat ihren Traummann Kyle geheiratet. Zu ihrem perfekten Leben fehlt ihr nur noch eins: ein Kind. Doch ihre Verbissenheit macht ihre Ehe zu einem Fegefeuer aus Frust und Zeugungsunfhigkeit. Als die drei Freunde auf einer Zelttour durch die schottischen Highlands mal richtig abschalten wollen, geht alles schief. Krissie und Kyle strzen sich Hals ber Kopf in eine Affre und Sarah von einem Felsen. Doch das ist erst der Anfang des Hllentrips, bei dem nichts so bleibt, wie es gewesen ist.