Helen FitzGerald

The most gripping novel yet from the acclaimed author of The Exit.

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So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety six people have seen me online. They include my mother, my father, my little sister, my grandmother, my other grandmother, my grandfather, my boss, my sixth year Biology teacher and my boyfriend James.

When Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister Su go on holiday together to Magaluf to celebrate their A-levels, only Leah returns home. Her successful, swotty sister remains abroad, humiliated and afraid: there is an online video of her, drunkenly performing a sex act in a nightclub. And everyone has seen it.

Ruth Oliphant-Brotheridge, mother of the girls, successful court judge, is furious. How could this have happened? How can she bring justice to these men who took advantage of her dutiful, virginal daughter? What role has Leah played in all this? And can Ruth find Su and bring her back home when Su doesn’t want to be found?

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My favourite contender for the inevitable title of "the next Gone Girl".

Katy Guest, Independent
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Helen Fitzgerald’s Viral is of a higher order . . . “What if the worst thing you did went” are the words on the cover before we get to “Viral”; and the reason this book keeps us turning the pages is that it is a series of answers to various “what if”s . . . psychologically astute and well written at the level of the sentence. It is good to know that bestsellers don’t have to be stupid.

Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
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Finished @FitzHelen's new book. Funny, smart, moving and beautifully written, this should be *huge* next year.

Steve Mosby, Twitter
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My favourite opening line to any novel for a long, long time. And the book gets better and better from that point.

Luca Veste, Twitter
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Finished Viral by the fab @FitzHelen. SO glad I said no to 17-yr-old going to Kavos. Gripping, horribly plausible and utterly shocking.

Tammy Cohen, Twitter
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Will be the most talked about opening line of 2016 - from Helen Fitzgerald's latest, VIRAL.

Eva Dolan

Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of Dead Lovely (2007) and nine other adult and young adult thrillers, including My Last Confession (2009), The Donor (2011), The Cry (2013), which was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the Guardian‘s Not the Booker Prize, and most recently The Exit (2015). Helen has worked as a…

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