mystery · suspense · thriller

The Donor – Helen Fitzgerald ★★★

Blurb; Will Marion has two perfect kidneys. His daughters aren’t so lucky. Question is: which one should he save? Will’s 47. His wife bailed out when the twins were in nappies and hasn’t been seen since. He coped OK by himself at first, giving Georgie and Kay all the love he could, working in a boring admin job to support them. Just after the twins turn sixteen, Georgie suffers kidney failure and is placed on dialysis. Her type is rare, and Will immediately offers to donate an organ. Without a transplant, she would probably never see adulthood. So far so good. But then Kay gets sick. She’s also sixteen. Just as precious. Her kidney type just as rare. Time is critical, and he has to make a decision. Should be buy a kidney – be an organ tourist? Should be save one child? If so, which one? Should be sacrifice himself? Or is there a fourth solution – one so terrible it has never even crossed his mind?

My Review; Another great read from Helen. Finished it in one day an easy read for me. It’s every parents worst nightmare. What can we do? Are they going to make it? Who should he chose?

Let me tell you now this family is far from normal… We have a mother who doesn’t care and leaves for drugs and a thug. A dad who doesnt know what to do and drinks a lot. Twin Kay is the perfect member of the family the only character I actually liked. Then the other twin Georgie is off the rails and has an attitude problem and lives on the wild side. Every single character wound me up in some way except Kays.

We get an unexpected, shocking outcome towards the end but personally I felt a lot of the good stuff was happening towards the end and then it was suddenly cut short, open to the readers interpretation of what happens next.

I awarded three stars as for me I enjoyed her other books miles more than this one but this was still a great read which I devoured in a day.

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Dead Lovely – Helen Fitzgerald ★★★★★

Blurb; Krissie and Sarah had been best friends since they were children. But cracks start to appear when Sarah and her husband Kyle who have been trying unsuccessfully to have a baby and Krissie accidentally becomes pregnant following a drug-fuelled dalliance in a Tenerife toilet cubicle. Then one night friendship turns to betrayal, and to murder.

My Review; This book is amazing. It’s been a long time since I finished a book in hours and this is one I finished in 6 hours. I couldn’t put it down. It’s twisted. Dark. Fast paced. Got the heart pacing. Holding my breathe throughout. Parts made me absolutely angry and sick! I loved how gripped I was by the book but hated the characters, all of them! Mixed feelings. Wound me up. But I loved it! Not read a book that made me feel like that for a long time…

Krissies character where do I start? She is a horrible mother and person. Raa. She should know better especially with the job she has. Parts had me raging at what she did. As a mother myself I know how hard it is and all about post-natal depression but my god she just didn’t care did she? That poor child. She really needed a wake up call and I think she got that towards the end.. I didn’t agree with anything she did throughout the book. Then…

Sarahs character. Hmm. Another psycho. Not much of a best friend really is she? Jealousy is a horrible thing. She got what was coming to her in the end. Parts made me feel sick. Throughout the story I just kept thinking about that poor child.

It has to be five stars from me. I mean it’s brilliant. Devoured it. Enjoyed it. Highly recommend. Amazing. Brilliantly written. Easily readable in one sitting. I’ve been telling everyone about this book!

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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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