***** 5 STARS
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 is really going on before its too late?
With a new Helen Fitzgerald novel you know before you even start to the book that you are going to get two things a disturbing thriller that also has has dark humour, a black comedy if you like. The main character Catherine, a lover of social media, unemployed and drifting is finally driven to get a job as a way of avoiding another unpleasant evening meeting with her Mum where she would be presented with her failure following items for discussion, and quite possibly, a list!. The job Catherine managed to get is at Dear Green nursing home where the most appealing of the residents is 82-year-old Rose. Rose has dementia and appears to be thrown back to an event that occurred when she was 10 and an evacuee with her sister at a farm. Rose is also a famous author and illustrator with a series of books to her name which features a brave little girl called Tilly, books the young Catherine had loved.
The Exit also like the other Helen Fitzgerald novels has a way of making you believe that you are sitting in the novel, witnessing the action of the characters involved, like a play playing out before your eyes. This is down to the authors use of extensive imagery and the way that the main characters and the supporting characters are written as they interact and play off each other. The Exit also in terms of the way the action takes places is very common in what you would expect from the author, as in that it stars as it means to go on and takes the characters and the reader on a roller coaster of a ride that plays on your emotions, The Exit under covers several unexpected twists and turns that eventually exposes a dark and perverted secret but not before Catherine and Rose almost become victims of their suspicions. What I personally like about the Helen Fitzgerald novels that there are different from your average crime novels and that as soon as a new one comes out, I have read it in one or two days as you can’t put the down. So to end I can’t t wait to see what will be in store for the characters in the next Helen Fitzgerald novel
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber (5 Feb. 2015)