Thank you Anne Cater for inviting me to join the blog tour for Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald. Another chance for me to explore a new author to me.
Last but by no means least, many thanks to Helen Fitzgerald who has written this stunning, heart stopping thriller.
Fran hates her hometown, 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 home 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 past 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…
Ash Mountain was not only gripping by taking you to memories which have come back to haunt Fran and others but also had me laughing out loud with the quips between Fran and The Captain.
The heartbreak of caring for a parent who doesn’t want to go anywhere or talk to anyone outside of their normal daily life is written so well. Although it draws at the heartstrings it is also frustrating not being able to help.
I feel Helen Fitzgerald has grasped the small town vibe and hit the nail on the head. Bubbling romances, bogans (chavs), gossip and scandal to say a few. Ash Mountain will have you going through so many emotions.
I love the way that Helen Fitzgerald writes. Being from Australia herself I expected to read a few things that were oh so Australian. Having family in Australia myself I was pleased to see things like Op Shop and Thongs mentioned and knowing what they were. Op shop – Charity Shop and Thongs being flip flops. Oh how I giggled at thongs. I will never grow up!
By the end of Ash Mountain I felt stunned and lost for words. Tears brought to my eyes with the deep sadness of loss, a satisfaction of justice served and the relief of being reunited.
The detail Helen goes into can be described as shocking but so realistic. Bushfires in Australia happen all too often. Although not a true story, Ash Mountain gives you an insight to what it can be like.
I absolutely recommend it.
Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of ten adult and young adult thrillers, including The Donor (2011) and The Cry (2013), which was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and is now a major drama for BBC1. Her 2019 dark comedy thriller Worst Case Scenario was a Book of the Year in both The Guardian and Daily Telegraph. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over fifteen years. She grew up in Victoria, Australia, and now lives in Glasgow with her husband.
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