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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited; First Edition edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846971330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846971334
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) and most recently The Cry (2013), which was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Helen has worked as a criminal justice social worker for over ten years. She is one of thirteen children and grew up in Victoria, Australia. She now lives in Glasgow with her husband and two children.

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The whole of 'Bloody Woman' proves FitzGerald is a writer to be reckoned with. --The Herald

Funny, moving, horrifying and compelling. --Times Literary Supplement

'Thinking woman's noir' --Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Helen FitzGerald is one of thirteen children and grew up in Victoria, Australia. She now lives in Glasgow with her husband and two children. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over ten years. Her first three novels, Dead Lovely, My Last Confession and The Devil's Staircase, were published in 2008 and 2009.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Welsh Annie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2011
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The Amazon synopsis really does this book no favours - it makes it sound like a pot-boiler murder mystery, and this book was so much better than that. If I say "it wasn't really my kind of book" I don't want that to put anyone off - I just don't usually read thrillers. This is a really dark psychological work with a strange injection of something that's almost chick lit, with a thoroughly unlikeable heroine (as are most of the other characters), a really unusual story line (with a liberal helping of descriptions of sex, alcohol abuse, mental illness and violence), and twists and turns that turn your expectations on their head. I didn't "enjoy" it as such, but as a piece of work I really appreciated it greatly and would really like to read some more of her work. I hope I'm not doing either author a dis-service if I say it reminded me a lot of Louise Welsh's The Cutting Room - not for the story, but for the originality and darkness of its style.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Moore on 18 Nov. 2009
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When Catriona Marsden is called in to identify an ex-boyfriend's severed penis, her reaction is to giggle. Needless to say, that does not look good, and she's promptly arrested for the murder of not one, but three ex-boyfriends. As she puts it "I was no longer viewed as the bereaved ex-lover of three men, but was accused of shagging, mutilating and murdering them, not necessarily in that order." And that takes us to the top of page two of this very dark, very funny book.

Cat is getting married and, like most brides, she has the pre-wedding jitters. However, unlike most brides, she decides that the way to put those jitters to bed is to meet up with each of her ex-boyfriends, and sleep with them. So now she's in jail, and the woman who is writing her biography has...well...she's put her own particular spin on things. And that looks as though it could send Cat over the edge.

BLOODY WOMEN is delicious, ingenious, inventive and mordantly funny. Helen FitzGerald has a real skill for making the totally absurd and goofy, thoroughly logical and reasonable. She serves up plot twists and severed penises (penii?) alike with the same relish and glee as Bette Davis serving Joan Crawford a rat on a silver salver in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane.

This is a book where at any given moment you think you know what's happening, but do you really? Helen FitzGerald amuses, entertains, enthralls and shocks in equal measure. She manages to make the reader care about characters who are, on the surface, pretty unlikeable. Excellent stuff. Warped, funny, and very well told.

Having now read a couple of her books, Helen Fitzgerald has firmlay claimed a place on my list of favourite authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Honeypie on 23 Mar. 2014
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This book has you wanting to read on and on, not realising about the twist at the end. A good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Mar. 2014
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I bought this to read on the beach and found it quite funny and easy to read. I like the way the author has given you lots of different versions of the same events, which is a popular way to move a plot on yet revealing only a small amount of the plot. I would definitely read more by the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie G on 4 Mar. 2014
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I loved this book. Read it easily on the tram on my way to and from work. Easy to read, funny and slightly dark at the same time. Short so give it a go, I can definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRS ANN E SHEARER on 4 Mar. 2014
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To say that I enjoyed this book seems wrong because I had a feeling of unease throughout, having said that, I couldn't wait to pick it up again!

Because the main character didn't like herself, it was difficult to warm to her at first but the gritty honesty of her story left you on her side. Well written, I was constantly changing my mind about who the 'baddie' was!

I will read more of Helen Fitzgerald 's work.
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I hadn’t heard of Helen Fitzgerald but like many of the books I read nowadays, courtesy of Kindle daily deals, I downloaded this one for 99p.

I had no idea what to expect but the blurb was interesting and caught my attention.

The story is basically about a Scottish woman, Catriona (Cat), who’s due to get married in Scotland and then live in Tuscany with her Italian husband.

She’s only had a few relationships with men, all which were quite long-lasting but invariably finished in less-than-happy circumstances.

Her best friend Anna, who Cat has known since school days sticks by her through thick and thin, even when Cat is accused of murdering her ex-boyfriends and put into prison whilst awaiting trial.

The story has some very amusing moments, especially the opening of the book when Cat is asked to identify a penis!!

Lots of twists and turns in the book, one I couldn’t put down especially as the story gathered pace towards the end.

Highly recommend for a great read.
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Set in Scotland a story of Catriona a girl who was on the edge of sanity for most of her life. Not a story I liked I found it dark and depressing all the way through this was not my usual reading type. Cat goes from man to man each different but all of them captivated by her ways. Cat shared love with a woman, Anna, who was a rock steady every ready to help friend.

Which is what Cat needs as she is arrested and convicted of killing the many men she had met, trouble was she was on the edge of sanity and sometimes she couldn’t remember if she had or hadn’t killed them. But Anna was there and in Anna she trusted more than any man, like I say to dark and depressing for me.
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