The Devil's Staircase

by Helen FitzGerald

Crime / Mystery Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on The Devil's Staircase

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Devil's Staircase Synopsis

Bronny, a young Australian, finds herself down and out in London. She's a sweet girl who has spent her teenage years in a fearful, cautious bubble. She's never taken drugs, had sex or killed anyone. Within six weeks she's done all three. A group of backpackers break into an abandoned London townhouse seeking a rent-free life of debauchery. They don't realise someone's already there: a terrified woman bound and gagged in the basement. The Devil's Staircase combines a chick-lit voice and a dark crime noir environment. Not for the faint-hearted, The Devil's Staircase is funny, sexy and disturbing - it will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

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The Devil's Staircase Press Reviews

 'Accomplished and gloriously black comedy

'As elegant and witty as it is disturbing.' 'Lovely, sparse, elegant writing, highly original plot and ever- building tension make this book irresistible.There's sex and drugs and rock-and-roll, a whiff of true evil and a scream-out loud finale. Wow!'


'Scary and stylish slice of urban noir'

'Colourful characters, dramatic plot twists and vibrant vernacular ... a great read'

'Brilliant, shocking and unputdownable'

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ISBN: 9781846973994
Publication date: 25/03/2010
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846973994
Publication date: 25th March 2010
Author: Helen FitzGerald
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Helen FitzGerald

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 Casci

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