Review: The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald

Title: The Cry

Author: Helen Fitzgerald

Published: Faber and Faber September 2013

Status: Read from September 04 to 05, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy Netgalley/the publisher}

My Thoughts:

The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald is a dark, disturbing tale of guilt, innocence, truth and lies which held me in thrall from start to finish.

This thrilling psychological drama delves into every parent’s worst nightmare, nine week old Jonah is gone and nothing his mother, Joanne, can do will bring him back to her. She wonders is she is being punished for her affair with Noah’s father, Alistair, who was still married when she began seeing him, or for her impatience and anger with Noah’s endless crying on the plane journey from London to Australia, but no matter the ‘why’, Joanna blames herself.

I am loathe to give away any hint of the gripping twists and turns that awaits the reader in this engrossing novel. The plot is skillfully crafted to both reveal and conceal the truth and lies that surround baby Noah’s fate. Nothing is ever quite as it seems and I couldn’t help but race through the pages until The Cry reached its stunning conclusion.

The characters are complex, real but deeply flawed in the way we all are. How you feel about these people, Joanna, Alistair and Alexandra changes facades begin to crack under the strain of uncertainty and secrets revealed.

Heartbreaking, shocking and utterly gripping The Cry has been added to my list of favourite novels for 2013.


Available to Purchase From

Faber & Faber UK

I AmazonUK I BookDepository I Amazon Kindle

Australian release date : October 1st

Allen & Unwin


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leeswammes
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 05:35:04

    Wow, that good? I’ve read a few of Fitzgerald’s book and loved them. Isn’t she a great author to discover? She’s Australian living in Scotland, isn’t she (or the other way around). I’ve got her novel The Donor to read very soon (for the R.I.P. challenge).



  2. cleopatralovesbooks
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 06:56:43

    Thanks for the review – it is on my list to read on holiday now!



  3. Kate Belle
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 09:36:05

    This sounds like an excellent read but to be honest, since I had my daughter I find any stories involving harmed or missing babies too distressing to finish. I’d love to read this but I’m scared it will give me terrible nightmares



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Sep 09, 2013 @ 10:19:31

      It is a tough read Kate, when my kids were younger I would have found it much more difficult to read



  4. Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 12:03:57

    Off to add this to my wishlist. Sounds like a gripping read.



  5. Heidi
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 11:23:40

    Thanks, for recommending this one – I loved it! Very well written, truly an emotional roller-coaster ride.



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  8. bernadetteinoz
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 20:50:27

    I added this to my wishlist after your review…and now that I am getting my reading mojo back after a break I snagged the library’s copy when I spotted it on the returns trolley…read the whole thing in a single sitting. Absolutely sucked me in start to finish too. Glad you did’t spoil anything…I won’t either when I do mine 🙂



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