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Single-mother Fran returns to her sleepy hometown to care for her dying father when a devastating bush fire breaks out. A devastating, disaster-noir thriller from the author of The Cry.
Fran hates Ash Mountain, and she thought she'd escaped. But her father is ill, and needs care. Her relationship is over, and she hates her dead-end job in the city, anyway.
She returns to her hometown to nurse her dying father, her distant teenage daughter in tow for the weekends. There, in the sleepy town of Ash Mountain, childhood memories prick at her fragile self-esteem, she falls in love for the first time, and her demanding dad tests her patience, all in the unbearable heat of an Australian summer.
As old friendships and rivalries are renewed, and new ones forged, Fran's tumultuous home life is the least of her worries, when old crimes rear their heads and a devastating bushfire ravages the town and all of its inhabitants...
Simultaneously a warm, darkly funny portrait of small-town life - and a woman and a land in crisis - and a shocking and truly distressing account of a catastrophic event that changes things forever, Ash Mountain is a heart-breaking slice of domestic noir, and a disturbing disaster thriller that you will never forget...
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A darkly acerbic portrayal of small-town life and secrets and a searing portrayal of a natural disaster than changes everything... Full review
Helen Fitzgerald’s distinctive writing style, shockingly dark humour and feisty characters are back and I absolutely love it! Full review
A powerful, no-holds-barred piece of writing covering many complex family issues head-on. Full review
Publication date: 14/05/2020
Publisher: Orenda Books
|Publication date:||14th May 2020|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Adventure, Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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. Author photo © Anna CasciMore About Helen FitzGerald