Helen Fitzgerald's Blog
September 30, 2013
I’m so chuffed with the response to The Cry so far.
It’s the daily deal in Kindle today if you’d like a read. 99p in the UK.
Here’s a few of the responses:
- Nominated for Guardian Not The Booker Prize
- Independent on Sunday: ‘It is astonishingly good. It is utterly harrowing, completely plausible, constantly nerve-shredding.’
- The Big Issue: ‘FitzGerald is an expert at pulling the rug out from under the reader’s feet. Thriller-writing of the very highest order…”
- Book’d Out: ‘Heartbreaking, shocking and utterly gripping.’ 5*
- So Many Books, So Little Time: ‘I would recommend this book to everyone, no matter what genre you like as it is a great read that packs a punch and leaves you wanting more.’ 5*
- The Herald: ‘It’s a book you find yourself greedily gulping down.’ Interview here.
- But Books Are Better: ‘Brilliantly executed… emotional whirlpool which leaves its marks long after the final page has been turned. Highly recommended!’
- Eurocrime: ‘A very difficult, but compelling, read … Helen FitzGerald deals with a hard subject very sympathetically and I shall look out for more by this author.’
- Secret Sales: ‘A non-stop psychological roller coaster from start to finish.’
- Book Oxygen: ‘Plenty of twists to keep us guessing… FitzGerald picks just the right small physical details to skewer each agonizing moment.
- Shaz’s Book Blog: ‘Once you started you just could not put down and even though I thought I knew how it was all going to end I was wrong…’
- Mint Velvet: ‘A physiological thriller with a moral dilemma that keeps you guessing at the turn of every page.’
- Liz Loves Books: ‘Beautifully written, characters you will relate to and feel for and a story that could so easily be truth… Cry? Oh yes. Indeed I did.’
- Crime Fiction Lover: ‘2013 has already proved to be a strong year for psychological fiction but The Cry is without question the best yet.’ 5*
Lovereading: ‘Highly recommended, read it and then all her others, particularly The Donor. She is very special.’
Just a minute, I’m busy: ‘I absolutely loved it … If you’re looking for a book that is guaranteed to generate some great discussions at your next book club coffee morning, then this one is definitely it.’
The Times: ’2013′s answer to The Slap.’ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/books/fiction/article3872545.ece
August 27, 2013
My new psychological thriller is out on kindle today, and next week in paperback. I’ve been overwhelmed by the lovely things people have been saying about it. Here are some quotes.:
‘Heartbreaking, controversial, and absorbing, THE CRY is an important novel for the social media age. More importantly, it explores grief, relationships, and how each of us reacts to what is arguably a parent’s worst nightmare. It’s guaranteed to create discussion…everyone will have an opinion on this story. Mine is that it’s the best novel of 2013, which is no small feat given what has been a bumper year for fiction.’ Luca Veste
Full review here
‘THE CRY is an exceptional novel. Fierce, unflinching, innovative in both structure and style, this powerful noir tale is by turns devastating and uplifting. More than simply a blistering dissection of a toxic relationship placed under the most extreme strain, THE CRY is a plea to be heard and it deserves to bring Fitzgerald’s work to a much wider audience. ‘
‘An incredible read. I couldn’t put it down. A beautifully crafted, heartbreaking story.’ Full review here
‘I finished reading THE CRY last night and I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say how much I loved it. It’s beautifully written and absolutely heartrending. I loved every page and couldn’t put the bloody thing down.’
‘Everyone should stop what they’re doing and pre-order THE CRY by Helen FitzGerald now. Trust me. It’s stunningly good.’
Michael J Malone
‘Just finished an advanced copy of Helen FitzGerald’s THE CRY from those clever peeps at Faber. What a book! Superb.’
Beautifully written, characters you will relate to and feel for and a story that could so easily be truth you should certainly not miss this one. Cry? Oh yes. Indeed I did. Full review here
‘Just finished THE CRY by @FitzHelen – harrowing, clever and totally compelling. The best psychological thriller i’ve read this year. Buy it!’
Russel D McLean
‘THE CRY is excellent; unsettling and filled with moral ambiguity. Go read her. Now.’ Full review here
The English Bookshop (Sweden)
‘One of her best! (And I’d say that even if she wasn’t so intimidating!)’
‘Very much recommend it! (and I’d say that even if she hadn’t paid me to)’
‘I absolutely loved it … If you’re looking for a book that is guaranteed to generate some great discussions at your next book club coffee morning, then this one is definitely it.’ Full review here
J David Simons
‘I know she’s a mate but that shouldn’t stop me saying how much I enjoyed The Cry, the latest psychological thriller by Helen Fitzgerald. With a writing style that is fresh, crisp and pacy, with characters that are well-formed, authentic and brutally honest, Helen takes the reader on a dark and fascinating journey full of twists and turns and shifting loyalties. Set mostly in and around Melbourne, The Cry echoes with the dilemmas of Lindy Chamberlain as well as Katy and Gerry McCann. This is a writer at the top of her game. The book launches today (on Kindle) and hard copy next week. Read it now!’
In the rush to get copies printed ahead of pub date for Harrogate and Edinburgh Book Festivals, we forgot the dedication and Acknowledgements – so here they are.
I was sitting with you when I typed The End and then you died.
I know what you’d say: “Nellie Bly, it wasn’t all your fault.”
Brian Desmond FitzGerald
27-01-1925 – 06-10-2012
I asked for so much help writing this and I got it in bunches. Thanks to Luca Veste, Sergio Casci, Isabel FitzGerald and Liz Hopkin for reading drafts and giving me excellent feedback. Huge shout to Pete and Vicki FitzGerald, Neil White,. Doug Johnstone, Allan Guthrie and Felicity Pierce for practical advice on criminal law, tampons and the price of coffee in Collins Street. Thanks to my agent, Phil Patterson at Marjacq Scripts, for his notes, diligence and good humour. And to Sarah Savitt at Faber who took this on when it was just an idea and worked like mad with me on it.
Mostly, thanks to my Dad, who lived in Point Lonsdale, where this book is set, and loved it as much as he loved life.
You can get it on Amazon Kindle UK here
June 12, 2013
Quite a few bloggers might notice the following search phrase led to their site this week “helen fitzgerald deviant”.
I confess, it was me. And some who know me would agree the phrase is accurate.
A special thanks to all the bloggers who’ve been writing reviews/doing interviews about Deviant, including:
May 28, 2013
Check it out on Amazon.com!
Praise for Deviant
“Readers will enjoy Abigail’s blunt voice and savvy as she works to unravel the mystery of her parents’ pasts. FitzGerald’s experience writing thrillers for adults comes through in this atmospheric story that features codebreaking, an SF edge, and many twists.”
“FitzGerald excels with Abigail’s hard voice and in contrasting the rough, intimate streets of Glasgow with the glittering superficiality of L.A … a good, gritty drama.”
“Gritty, dark and hard, beautifully demonstrating Abigail’s inner reserves of strength.”
“Darkly engaging and full of suspense.”
─Lynn Weingarten, author of Wherever Nina Lies
“Fans of strong heroines will love Abigail. Deviant is fast paced and dramatic, played out across an international stage.”
─Carrie Arcos, National Book Award Finalist for Out of Reach
“The horrors of family and people run deep in this book, but [Abigail] is a strong character with steady morals. I look forward to reading [FitzGerald’s] next book.”
─YA Book Nerd
May 8, 2013
“THE CRY is an exceptional novel. Fierce, unflinching, innovative in both structure and style, this powerful noir tale is by turns devastating and uplifting. More than simply a blistering dissection of a toxic relationship placed under the most extreme strain, THE CRY is a plea to be heard and it deserves to bring Fitzgerald’s work to a much wider audience.”
Thanks Chris. Totally chuffed!
April 3, 2013
I’m not stalking you, Gillian Flynn, I’m offering you an opportunity. You’ll love my next book. I write like you. Which means we’re alike. Which means we’re friends, practically. We know each other. You’ll see this, once you’ve read my book.
This is what you’ll say when you do:
The Cry is exceptional, emotional, funny, heartbreaking, page-turning, unputdownable. It’s the book I aspire to write.
Ah Gillian. My Gill. There’s your blurb, on the front cover, and I am a Number One bestseller. We have so much in common!
Imagine if you missed out on this opportunity. I won’t let that happen, honey. We’ll get to know each other. You won’t realise it’s happening at first. You might notice that I retweet you (You might not. I’ll only do it every fifth tweet). You’ll see some lovely comments on your Facebook page. We’ll have a lot of friends in common. Google alerts will come in saying I mentioned you on my blog and you’ll find yourself saying: “Wow, this Helen FitzGerald really loves my stuff. We must be like-minded. She must write like me. I must read her next book now, but it’s not out till September. How, HOW can I get my hands on it?”
Now now, Gillian, you’re coming over a bit stalky, and no-one likes that. Be patient. We’re going to get even closer.
I’ll make the move when it’s time.
February 8, 2013
The Devil’s Staircase is released in Germany next week – love the first review in Girlfriend Magazine:
“The Beach meets Axolotl Roadkill and Silence of the Lambs with a pinch of blackhumoured Tarantino!” FREUNDIN
Getting a three-page spread in Cover Mag too. New author pics taken. Photoshopping underway.
You can get it on Amazon.de here.
February 5, 2013
Who Done It – a star-studded anthology with a devilish hook – proceeds benefit 826nyc: the fabulous literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers.
It was such fun writing for this (very strange) anthology.
#3 (Teens) on Amazon.com. I think it’s the blurbs what done it.
“Of all the books I’ve ever read, this was definitely the most recent.”—Jennifer Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
“Who are you? Why are you writing down everything I’m saying? What book? What are you talking about?”—Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Who Could That Be at This Hour?
“Without a doubt, one of the top 10,000 books of the year.”—Robin Wasserman, author of The Book of Blood and Shadow
“Exceptionally rectangular.”—Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy
January 22, 2013
This month, we’re meeting with the director in London to move the film towards production… Can’t wait to find out who’ll play Bronny.
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January 16, 2013
I love this cover!
It makes me feel all the things I felt when I was writing the book: scared, heartbroken, sometimes even a little obsessed.
Thanks to Sarah Savitt (Editor at Faber) and Alex Kirby (In-house designer at Faber) for doing such a great job.
The Amazon UK blurb:
‘Someone’s stolen my baby!’ When Joanna shouts for help on a lonely roadside in Australia, it sets off a police investigation that will become a media sensation and dinner-table talk across the world.
The search for baby Noah takes on a life of its own as rumours begin to circulate online and it turns out everyone has something to hide. Guilt eats away at Joanna’s sanity and she and her partner slowly turn against each other. Finally Joanna starts thinking the unthinkable: could the truth be even more terrible than she suspected? And will it take another death to finally make things right?
The Cry is a dark psychological thriller with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart and characters who will keep you guessing on every page.