I received this book for free from the The Book Club Reviewer Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.ISBN: B081S12YDL
Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald
Published by Orenda Books on March 14, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Crime Fiction, Thriller, Domestic Noir
Format: ARC, Kindle
Source: The Book Club Reviewer Group
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Fran hates Ash Mountain, and she thought she’d escaped. But her father is ill, and needs care. Her relationship is over, and she hates her dead-end job in the city, anyway.
She returns to her hometown to nurse her dying father, her distant teenage daughter in tow for the weekends. There, in the sleepy town of Ash Mountain, childhood memories prick at her fragile self-esteem, she falls in love for the first time, and her demanding dad tests her patience, all in the unbearable heat of an Australian summer.
As old friendships and rivalries are renewed, and new ones forged, Fran’s tumultuous home life is the least of her worries, when old crimes rear their heads and a devastating bushfire ravages the town and all of its inhabitants…
Simultaneously a warm, darkly funny portrait of small-town life – and a woman and a land in crisis – and a shocking and truly distressing account of a catastrophic event that changes things forever, Ash Mountain is a heart-breaking slice of domestic noir, and a disturbing disaster thriller that you will never forget…
Fran is back in the small town of Ash Mountain where she grew up and moved from to go and look after her dying father with sixteen-year-old daughter Veronica (Vonny) and she is also back with her son Dante who lived with his grandad.
There was the main event of the looming gut-wrenching bush fire and their little subplots which is equally interwoven into this story.
It is a very exquisite plot which is obviously so very fundamentally real in Australia, which covers further topics/themes such as sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy, small-town mentality, secrets and much more.
Helen tells a vivid stark scary event with an extraordinary and enthralling way with very dry humour thrown in throughout. It is an extremely emotive read which you find yourself chuckling all the way through.
Fran’s character is brilliant and adds a different dimension to the story that is unfolding. She is a firecracker, willful and humorous character.
Helen has created a number of rare distinctive and absorbing characters as well as the main plot of the book. This makes for an even more top-notch novel. She has incorporated in a lot of dysfunctional relationships.
The pacing was flawless and went at the appropriate pacing. Helen has you completely caught up in the tale and characters until the ignitable astonishing effusive ending.
Helen Fitzgerald, has a remarkable unusual distinct writing style although it does take some getting used to. She tackles some very arduous hitting themes with additional humour. It isn’t portrayed in a depressing or unpleasant manner but it is just as influentially powerful.
With it being just over two hundred pages it packs in so much but without loads of overwhelming detail. It was straight to the point.
It is told mainly by Fran (MC) through the past and present and also through the other characters eyes I.e her fathers, Rosies etc.
A glorious cover which am amazing backstory behind it.
It was a bloody tremendous corker of a domestic noir/thriller with a phenomenal main theme and other little topics throughout with a lot of amusing opaque humour and one-liners.
Some stunning distinct characters. It leaves you stunned and also deep in thought due to the subject matters. A crucial story told with Helens marvellous unique writing style.
|Final Rating||4.08 stars|
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Reading 2020