mystery · suspense · thriller

My Last Confession – Helen Fitzgerald ★★★★★

Blurb; Relieved to have put all the troubles of her recent past behind her, Krissie Donald is revelling in her newfound happiness with toddler son, Robbie, and boyfriend, Chas. Yes, life is definitely on the up and up for Krissie, even more so when she successfully applies for a position as a parole officer. Her new job quickly brings her into contact with Jeremy Bagshaw, an English toff who stands out likes dog’s balls amidst the Glaswegian thugs he’s serving time with. Imprisoned for a gruesome murder he swears he’s innocent of, Jeremy is charming to Krissie, who becomes increasingly convinced he’s doing time for a crime he didn’t commit. Such is Krissie’s belief in Jeremy’s innocence that she campaigns for his release from prison. Sex, death and general mayhem follow, with the suspense building to a nail-biting crescendo.

My Review; As I was reviewing this I noticed this is meant to follow on after Dead Lovely which I have not read yet. However, I am going straight into dead lovely. It read fine as a standalone. Yet again another brilliant story I got stuck into!

In this story Krissie has a new job and an interesting one too, a parole officer. Things soon do not seem as great as she first expected, work starts to take her away from her family, her life. She turns into a detective which isn’t her job and gets it all completely wrong. She’s told offenders too much about herself and got too into her job.

Similar to cat and mouse. She messed up and life starts to become dangerous and scary for her. Making it a fast paced, thrilling edge of your seat read to see it all unfold. A happyish ending for a change. But did she learn her lesson? Loved it! A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend.

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suspense · thriller

The Exit – Helen Fitzgerald ★★★★★

Blurb; 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?

My Review; This is one of the authors older books and gosh are you in for a treat! Perfect. Brilliant. The story focuses on a care home for the elderly and dying. Catherine finds herself working their but it’s not as simple as that… Rose is a lovely 82 year old woman resident at the home and has been trying to warn people what has been happening, but due to her dementia noone believes her until its too late. I actually felt sorry for Rose and liked her character, she never gave up and became a hero in the end.

The Exit is dark, thrilling, brutal and sickening especially towards the end. A certain part made me feel dirty and sick for reading it. It is brilliantly written, fast paced and a real page turner. The truth came out in the end! I didn’t want to put it down. Gripping. Edge of your seat read especially towards the end!

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend.

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*BLOG TOUR* Worst Case Scenario – Helen Fitzgerald ★★★★

Blurb; Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line.
Liam Macdowall was imprisoned for murdering his wife, and he’s published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that makes him an unlikely hero – and a poster boy for Men’s Rights activists.
Liam is released on licence into Mary’s care, but things are far from simple. Mary develops a poisonous obsession with Liam and his world, and when her son and Liam’s daughter form a relationship, Mary will stop at nothing to impose her own brand of justice … with devastating consequences.
A heart-pounding, relentless and chilling psychological thriller, rich with deliciously dark and unapologetic humour, Worst Case Scenario is also a perceptive, tragic and hugely relevant book by one of the most exciting names in crime fiction.

My Review; Worst Case Scenario is a brilliant story, at just under 200 pages long, it is easy to devour in one sitting. It is fast paced and brilliantly written.

This book had me laughing out loud in certain parts with Mary and her menopause moments. Marys character I’m very undecided about I get that her job can be challenging and tough at times but I felt she handled thing wrongly A LOT of the time leading to all the chaos and disasters that followed… Oh dear. A bit of a nutter and crazy in my eyes. But she made this story didn’t she.

The ending wow… Major cliffhanger alert, I wanted more I wanted to find out what happened to Marys son. Loved every minute of it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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