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Keep Her Sweet by Helen Fitzgerald

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Orenda Books
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

Desperate to enjoy their empty nest, Penny and Andeep downsize to the countryside, to forage, upcycle and fall in love again, only to be joined by their two twenty-something daughters, Asha and Camille.
Living on top of each other in a tiny house, with no way to make money, tensions simmer, and as Penny and Andeep focus increasingly on themselves, the girls become isolated, argumentative and violent.
When Asha injures Camille, a family therapist is called in, but she shrugs off the escalating violence between the sisters as a classic case of sibling rivalry … and the stress of the family move. 
But this is not sibling rivalry. The sisters are in far too deep for that.
This is a murder, just waiting to happen…


My Thoughts

I’ll start by saying that this is not an easy book to review; so many layers and tensions happen in this story that it is quite difficult to say how much you can reveal before revealing too much!
This is a story about a family and the relations between their members. Two parents that are not loving each other any more and two siblings that hate too much each other. So, they decide to ask for help and do some family therapy; but will it be enough or maybe too late to repair things?
This book talks about really difficult themes; dysfunctional families, drug abuse, religion, alcoholism… not in a way that will make you feel stressed but a raw view of how it can affect families.
The story is told by different characters like a diary, but mainly from Camille, the second sister, and Joy, the therapist. With their perspective and thoughts we’ll see how their difficult situations are and how the pressure in their life is ready to explode.
I enjoyed this book but I would have loved to know more about the characters and how their life continues… Can I ask for a second part of this series? 
This is not a story to love the characters but to see how addictions and rivalry can change your life. Expect a gripping story with a hunting pressure that will not be released till the last page.
Are you ready to “Keep Her Sweet”?


About The Author

Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of ten adult and young adult thrillers, including The Donor (2011) and The Cry (2013), which was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and adapted for a major BBC drama. Her 2019 dark-comedy thriller Worst Case Scenario was a Book of the Year in the Literary Review, Herald Scotland, Guardian and Daily Telegraph, shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and won the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award. Her latest title Ash Mountain was published in 2020. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over fifteen years. She grew up in Victoria, Australia, and now lives in Glasgow with her husband.