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The Cry by [FitzGerald, Helen]
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'Astonishingly good. It is utterly harrowing, completely plausible, constantly nerve-shredding ... It plays on the deepest, darkest fears of all parents about their children, and embeds that everyday terror in a plot so up-to-the-minute that you'll swear it's been lifted from the pages of a newspaper ... The Cry is a remarkable novel - its devastating power all the stronger for its realistic rendering. Brilliant stuff.' (Doug Johnstone, Independent on Sunday)

A book you find yourself greedily gulping down. (Herald)

The harrowing plot keeps you gripped until the final, devastating revelation. (Sunday Mirror)

Already being hailed as this year's talking point novel for parents - the equivalent of THE SLAP ... A gripping read [that] will hit a nerve. (The Times)

My hat is totally off to this writer. (Laura Lippman)

Brilliant ... 300 pages of taut, sharp, chilling and often laugh out loud funny genius. (Lisa Jewell)

The Cry really is extraordinary. In a just universe, it will be [Helen FitzGerald's] Gone Girl moment. Read it at once. (Steve Mosby)

In this very modern novel, which arrives at a startling conclusion, Fitzgerald manipulates our knowledge of earlier cases in which women have been wrongly accused. (Joan Smith Sunday Times)

'Fitzgerald's punchy thriller fleshes out new circles of parental hell (Emma Hagestadt Independent)

Exceptional ... this powerful noir tale is by turns devastating and uplifting. (Chris Ewan, author of Safe House)

The way their world unravels is compelling and terrifyingly real. FitzGerald is a hugely underrated writer, but the initial success of The Cry looks set to put an end to that. (Big Issue Books of the Year)

It is not until the final pages and after twist upon twist that we are finally given a punch in the stomach, an ending that still leaves a question. Did she or didn't she? Is she mad or not? You've got to read this inventive domestic drama to find out. Highly recommended, read it and then all her others, particularly The Donor. She is very special. (lovereading.co.uk)

An incredible read. I couldn't put it down. A beautifully crafted, heartbreaking story. (Lisa O'Donnell)

'THE CRY is excellent; unsettling and filled with moral ambiguity. Go read her. Now.' (Russel D McLean)

This book takes a nightmare scenario and wrings every last drop of suspense out of it. It's gut wrenching in places, heart breaking in others, a purely visceral experience like very few other crime novels I can think of ... The Cry has been packaged to appeal to fans of Sophie Hannah and Julia Crouch - those doyennes of domestic noir - and while FitzGerald's style is more streamlined, darker and earthier, I think those fans will do well to add her to their must-read lists. 2013 has already proved to be a strong year for psychological fiction but The Cry is without question the best yet. (Eva Dolan Crime Fiction Lover)

'Her finest book to date ... thriller writing of the very highest order. (Big Issue Scotland)

'Stunningly good.' (Mark Edwards)

My favourite read of 2013 (so far - but I can't see it being beat). (Luca Veste)

I loved it. It's beautifully written and absolutely heartrending. I loved every page and couldn't put the bloody thing down. (James Carol)

What a book! Superb. (Michael Malone)

Book Description

The Cry by Helen FitzGerald, widely acclaimed as one of the best psychological thrillers of the year, brings a parent's worst nightmare to vivid life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 613 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571287700
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (27 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DAJ5AEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 271 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Aug. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Thank you kindly to Helen Fitzgerald and the Publisher for the advance copy of this novel.

Baby Noah goes missing from a roadside in Australia and the media attention is intense and extreme. Battling their loss and the attention, Noah's parents Alistair and Joanna slowly start to fall apart. As the search heads ever closer to the truth of what happened to Noah, the blame game begins...

I'm not sure how best to describe "The Cry". The blurb calls it a "psychological thriller" and yes I suppose it is in a way. But I have to say I read it more as a family drama - the characterisation is pure and oh so realistic and Ms Fitzgerald has used real life to great effect - we have all seen on the news many high profile missing children cases where first sympathy abounds then suspicion begins...and how social media can play such a huge role in the pressure put upon parents and the police in these situations. What she has done is put a human face on it - the public can't see what goes on behind closed doors when the 24/7 news cycle goes mad but in this fictional story thats exactly what we get. Brilliantly done.

Timeslips are used to great effect - we see Joanna and Alistair's journey with Noah from leaving Scotland, on various legs of the flight to Australia, at the same time hints and teasers about what is actually going on now. As the strands come together the whole picture emerges...in a fascinating way. There is no real attempt at hiding secrets here - although what you see may not always be what you get - its very much about the emotion behind the mask and how you can never know what really goes on in someone elses head. As Joanna heads further and further into what could almost be called insanity, you will feel for her...and for those around her.
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As a reader, as a rule, I like a nice, uncomplicated linear plot from one character's perspective. I don't usually take kindly to seeing the same situation from more than one point of view, and I don't, in the process, like to deal with the switching of tenses from past to present and back again. And I don't like too many surprises. I guess, in this respect, you'd call me a pretty lazy kind of reader.

However... The Cry somehow managed to do all of these things and keep me totally and utterly gripped and immersed from start to finish. The writing style, the plot and the actual telling of the story is consistently good and so cleverly executed that I couldn't stop reading.

Just buy it and read it.
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When the event of the story happened I was unconvinced by their reactions.I finished the novel as I wanted to know their fate but was a bit disappointed with the conclusion. The investigation seemed lame at best, it was just not plausible enough
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This is a story about Joanna, Alistair and their baby Noah, more characters come into play but these three are the starting point. On a long haul flight from Glasgow to Australia, a distraught Joanna tries to console and quieten an even more distraught and screaming Noah. Once they arrive in Australia Noah goes missing. People are interviewed from the plane, speculation is rife, the news and police are all over it and Joanna and Alistair are hiding a big secret that will threaten everything they have. This is a story that looks at a relationship and what a traumatic event like this can do to a couple and how easily things can spiral out of control.

I went to the author event launch for this book, tickets were free and I wasn't sure what to expect as I had only read one of her books. She read two excerpts from the story, the very beginning and near the end, I had to buy a copy immediately and find out what happens.

Everyone judges people and this book gets into that when the world speculates on what happened to Noah, the Internet is used to show how quickly people make up their own minds and get involved. The heart of the book is centered on the relationship between Joanna, Alistair, his ex wife Alexandra and her daughter Chloe. You find out very early on what happened to the baby so it isn't a who done it or mystery, it focuses on the relationships, manipulation, blame, loss, grief, deceit, anger and hurt, to name a few of the themes going on.

The character are very well carved out, great emotion is evoked when you get a feel for them and some of the choices they make. I went through different emotions with Joanna, I felt for the ex wife and her daughter and I hated Alistair with a passion.
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By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2013
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This psychological thriller is a taut engaging novel which seems to ratchet up the tension with each turned page. The revelations are perfectly timed and this book of wrongs peels back the layers of truth brutally and with relish.

This is not a particularly long book at 307 pages, it is very much a tale of our times with facebook stalking, blogs and twitter all making an appearance and judgement on Joanna. It is a tale of a woman who believed a man would cherish her forever, a daughter abandoned by her father and a baby that goes missing.

A twenty hour plane journey to visit her boyfriend's mother is almost more than poor Joanna can bear. Baby Noah is just nine weeks old and is crying incessantly and Joanna has an ear infection, the passengers are annoyed and Alistair has gone to sleep. In short the start of this trip is nothing short of a nightmare. Believe it or not this is only the start of a horrendous chain of events.

This is a book that is entirely too plausible which is why it will resonate with the deep-seated fear of every parent. Helen Fizgerald has accurately captured the feelings that most parents feel but never admit too, the strain that suddenly shines a spot light on a relationship showing up all the dirt that was hidden previously. The scenes with the other characters are also accurate, unlike many books, those around Joanna and Alistair interact in a way entirely consistent with what they know. Each sentence takes the reader further into the nightmare. The power of the writing meant I felt almost complicit in the events with. Sympathy for Joanna vying with horror at what had happened.
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