Keep Her Sweet by Helen Fitzgerald
Gardners Rating -
- Published: 26 May 2022
- Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),
- Crime & mystery,
- Thriller / suspense
When a middle-aged couple downsizes to the countryside for an easier life, their two daughters become isolated, argumentative and violent ... A chilling, vicious and darkly funny psychological thriller from bestselling author Helen FitzGerald. 'Sharp, shocking and savagely funny.
Helen Fitzgerald is a wonderfully original storyteller' Chris Whitaker '
A new novel from Helen Fitzgerald is always a major event ... magnificent' Mark Billingham
'I devoured Keep Her Sweet ... shite parenting and a dysfunctional sister relationship goes to fatal extremes' Erin Kelly
Desperate to enjoy their empty nest, Penny and Andeep downsize to the countryside, to forage, upcycle and fall in love again, only to be joined by their two twenty-something daughters, Asha and Camille.
Living on top of each other in a tiny house, with no way to make money, tensions simmer, and as Penny and Andeep focus increasingly on themselves, the girls become isolated, argumentative and violent. When Asha injures Camille, a family therapist is called in, but she shrugs off the escalating violence between the sisters as a classic case of sibling rivalry ... and the stress of the family move.
But this is not sibling rivalry. The sisters are in far too deep for that. This is a murder, just waiting to happen...
Chilling, vicious and darkly funny, Keep Her Sweet is not just a tense, sinister psychological thriller, but a startling look at sister relationships and they bonds they share ... or shatter.
A wonderful book about a toxic family ...funny, shocking and full of heart. FitzGerald at her coruscating best' Doug Johnstone
'Definitely one for those who love deadly dysfunctional families, whip-smart writing, and their stories dark, dark, deliciously dark' Amanda Jennings
'A novel rippling with power and intensity. A true page-turner' Michael Wood 'Wickedly funny, breath-stealingly tense and utterly chilling ...a book you'll want to talk about' Miranda Dickinson
'Helen Fitzgerald has an uncanny ability to balance savagery and hilarity ... an absolute banger of a book' Matt Wesolowski
'A crazy but addictive, dark and funny, read' Louise Beech 'Dark humour sings from the pages' Russel McLean 'A fascinating and original tale of a family in rapid decline' Jen Med's Book Reviews
'You will canter through this psychological thriller' Cafe Thinking Praise for Helen FitzGerald
Guardian, Telegraph, Herald Scotland AND The Week BOOK OF THE YEAR**
Sunday Times TOP 40 Crime Novels in the Last 5 Years**
Longlisted for Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2020*
'The main character is one of the most extraordinary you'll meet between the pages of a book' Ian Rankin'Sublime' Guardian