A compulsive, shocking domestic suspense novel from Helen FitzGerald, the acclaimed author of The Cry.
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Some people love goodbyes…
23-year-old Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down – and soon discovers that her new workplace
contains many secrets.
One of the residents at the home, 82-year-old Rose, is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat. But Rose has dementia – so what does she actually know, and who would believe her anyway?
As Catherine starts investigating Rose’s allegations, terrible revelations surface about everyone involved. Can Catherine find out what’s really going on before it’s too late?
Rose Prince is an 82-year-old children's author who has stumbled upon some sinister goings-on in her care home. The problem is that as she's suffering from dementia, nobody will believe her. Elizabeth is Missing covers some of the same territory but The Exit is, if anything, even better, both poignant and funny.
Dark, intelligent and thought-provoking, The Exit is one of those books that stays with you long after the last page. Helen Fitzgerald is fast becoming one of my favourite writers.
In many way this is a perfect psychological thriller - smart, funny and ultimately very disturbing.
FitzGerald's world is so real you feel like you're living in it already. There is a moral ambiguity to every situation - her good characters are never wholly good, her bad characters are never completely bad. The realism of her fictional universe and the empathy with which she depicts her cast of characters are key to the emotional engagement of the reader. As funny and messy and heartbreaking and horrible as real life can be, The Exit is a thriller for our times.
A memorably unsettling read.
FitzGerald has created two characters you'll root for.
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