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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 heSome 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's really going on?...

Title : The Exit
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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The Exit Reviews

  • Figgy
    2019-05-27 09:58

    23-year-old Catherine is cute:He hired me because I’m cute. I don’t have a problem admitting I’m cute. I hate people who say ‘Oh, I’m ugly’, or ‘I’m so fat’, when they’re clearly not. I’m slim and athletic. I have blonde hair, blue eyes, and I’m cute as a button, damnit. Ask the seven boyfriends I was with for less than six weeks; they’ll agree. Don’t ask the three I stayed with longer (never more than three months); they’ll tell you I’m a vacuous narcissist.She hates old people:I didn’t want to see old people unless someone was paying me for it. I didn’t like them. They jumped the line to get on buses, they drove slowly, walked slowly, packed groceries slowly, paid for groceries slowly, infected us with their miserable faces, had trouble paying gas bills, told boring stories, smelt of wee, took up space. I was ageist, so shoot my firm optimistic face.And she’s just gotten herself a job at the local care home.Her mother worries that she has no real plans for her life, has a lot of debt, and makes a lot of bad choices.The rest of this review can be found here!

  • Amanda Jane
    2019-06-10 10:15

    The first 30 pages or so were nothing special and I could not stand the main character but things change very quickly and it continues with lots of twists and turns. It is written from two very different characters views which I don't always like but in this instance it worked very well.The Exit is a page turner! It is a true thriller, which I enjoyed immensely but it would not be everyone's cup of tea. It is a mystery novel but it's no Agatha is macabre.WARNING: It is extremely dark, creepy and disturbing. It is not for the faint hearted.

  • Cleo Bannister
    2019-06-21 03:00

    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 first of Catherine’s lists appeared when she was aged five:1.Make three new friends at school and ask them if they’d like to come over to play some time2.Write a story for me.3.Put your dirty clothes in the washing basket in the utility room (This, Catherine, is something I would like you to do from now on)4.Make your own breakfast – cereal and milk. (This is also something I’d like you to do from now on.)5.Do at least three kind things for others.and they continued every Sunday until she left school.The job Catherine managed to bag was 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 early scenes of the book are very engaging, while Catherine is young and thoughtless she has some good qualities and the obvious mystery is what Rose is re-enacting when she is gripped by the memory from childhood, but also she is desperate to bring attention to the home, Room 7 is locked and Rose alludes to danger but is unable to articulate in words what she is so frightened of.As more characters are introduced and then layered with individual characteristics, I was charmed by the captivating dialogue between Catherine and some of the residents, and slowly she appears to alter her opinion on her previously frivolous life and become more measured in her approach to her work, but this soon runs in tandem to something altogether darker and more disturbing.I loved The Cry , despite the fact that it made me feel very uncomfortable, and had half-expected another scenario where all the characters had varying degrees of unpleasantness, but Helen FitzGerald is clearly not a one-trick pony. I can’t tell you any more about the plot without spoiling the story for others, but I am able to confirm that the characterisation is excellent with my opinion on some, particularly Catherine’s mother, swayed by the revelations that the author timed perfectly. Along with this the author has an expert touch cleverly building the tension while still keeping the overall feel of the story intact and the plot, well that was hole free!Another winner from this talented author and I want to say a big thank you to the publishers Faber and Faber for allowing me to read this book prior to the publication date of 5 February 2015

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-05-26 04:52

    A disturbing novel of psychological suspense, The Exit is Helen Fitzgerald's eleventh book. The narrative alternates between the perspectives of 23-year-old Catherine, an unemployed, arrogant party girl, and Rose, an 82-year-old children’s book author and illustrator suffering from dementia, whose hold on the present is tenuous. Rose is a resident of Dear Green, a small private care home in Glasgow, Scotland, and the two meet when Catherine, at her mother's insistence, reluctantly accepts a job in the private facility as an aide. Of the handful of residents, Catherine is least repulsed by Rose, and when the old woman offers her £1000 to deliver a message she is happy to humour Rose's ravings about 'truth' and 'Room 7'. Catherine is thinking only of escaping to Ibiza to work on her tan when she discovers some creepy entries in the care log and she begins to suspect that Rose might be right, something is very wrong at Dear Green. There are several unexpected twists and turns in The Exit which eventually exposes a dark and perverted secret but not before Catherine and Rose almost become victims of their suspicions. I was slow to warm to Catherine, who seems determined to live up to the stereotype of Gen Y, while Rose's dementia, and tragic past, inspires a mix of pity and admiration, but I found myself anxious for the welfare of both women as the story unfolded. There was a major element of the story, involving Catherine's mother, that didn't really work for me. I can't reveal too much without risking spoilers but I felt it was an odd addition to the plot. In addition the conclusion was more ambiguous than I would prefer.The story feels a little slow to start as Fitzgerald establishes character but the pace picks up, and The Exit is a quick read. What I didn't really expect was the vein of humour that occasionally leavens the horror.The Exit is an unsettling thriller, though I didn't grip me the way The Cry did, I did enjoy it.

  • Trish
    2019-05-30 07:55

    I just want to start this review by saying I did my Masters dissertation on Serial Killers, so I’m used to grotesque and outside the box information information. However, this book has left me slightly stunned, and if that doesn’t give you an indication of the book, then I suggest you read it yourself and make up your own mind.Catherine gets a job at Dear Green Care Home, where she meets Rose. Rose has dementia. As the book goes on we know that Rose suspects that something is happening in the care home, although because she is an old lady of 82 no one believed her, that is no one except for Catherine who promises to help find out what is going on.As time goes on you start to root for Catherine hoping she will find out the truth, facing her own trials through out the book (I will not tell you what) and you fall in love with Rose who is not as batty as people think she is; she goes back to her 10 year old self when something happened to her (again I won’t tell you).As the books starts off it says ‘four weeks prior to death’ which makes you automatically think oh its X has died, however, there are lots of twists and turns and its not all what you think and all is not as it seems….The ending of the book is where thing start to unravel with Catherine doing her own investigation, trusting people who shouldn’t be trusted and finding out that people are not who they say they are.I found this book hard to get into at first but by 30 pages I was hooked and I read most of it today, you could easily sit down with this book and read it in a day. The writing is good, very easy to read, the chapters are perfect length so if you think you’ll just read one more you don’t have to stop half way through a chapter (one of my pet peeves, I hate doing this), but if you have to there are some good places to stop.I have never read any of Helen Fitzgerald’s books before but I may give the others a try after this. Because I’m still a bit shocked and I found it hard to get into to begin with;4 stars

  • Rikke
    2019-06-06 07:51

    I can't even explain how bad this is, but I'm gonna try...First of all: I do not understand how it can have so many stars - it's a really bad storyline, and if that wasn't enough, it's also very poorly written. I struggled to finish it, - and in case you do to, I will now give you a fast pitch of the story, so you don't have to go through the same painful experience as I did. (You're welcome)I would like to think you are beginning to re-think your choice of book about the point where the ungrateful, selfish, arrogant, lead character Catherine, opens a door in the nursing home she reluctantly got a job at - and finds her own mum sitting in there. She finds out that the mum have a very aggressive brain tumour and that things will move fast - so because it's the easiest (???!) the mum will now live at this nursing home until the tumour kills her. We also learn that the mum is the reason poor little Catherine got the job to start of with.oh, and also that the mum don't want Catherine there when she dies, so in the final stage of death, Catherine is told to take some time of work (What the...?)Then there is a lot of pointless in-between-stuff, - Catherine sleeps with her boss, the one she havn't stopped rolling her eyes at , the one she state she can't stand at all. She cries the whole time, and oddly enough neither herself or the annoying boss seems that weirded out about that. We have sweet old dementia Rose re-living the scene when she was 10 and couldn't save her baby sister from her asthma attack. The baby sister died while Rose was looking for matches, so that's what Rose do the entire book. She look for matches, and tells everyone that "something is going on" at the nursing homes room 7 (3? 5? I cant remember, couse I never cared enough) Noone believes her (surprise!), or seem to even want to hear her out...She draws a lot of drawings of an evil Queen, and writes very badly poems to go with the drawings. One could wonder who the queen in the drawing is, - but since her creepy gay grandson Chris is around a lot, and wants his grandma to have a tracking device on her at all time - well...I'd say we have crowned the queen pretty early on!There's also a bit about some cryptic writing in notebooks, annoying boss pretending to write a Novel - and the findings that Jimmy on the nursing home is a child molester. (blabla bla...)The mum dies, - and even though Cathrine has been told not to be present, she changes her mind just in the right moment (I mean, really...? We have to have the whole "I should be there!" moment...) and rush back to the home, where her mum is NOT in her bed as requested. (Whaaaaat! How could it be?)She is found in the secret room, the room where dementia Rose has always claimed things are going down. (Wait what...could Rose be RIGHT?) The mum is not dressed in her own clothes, and is wearing different makeup. It's all very shady.Luckily Cathrine gets mummy back to her own room, where she dies holding her daughters hand (tissues, please..I mean the build up to that was so amazing...) It all leads to a webpage that the boss is running for people who gets wicketly aroused and excited about death people. When Catherine discovers the page and what it's about - and what have been done to all the people after death in the nursing home, she needs help. And she grabs the phone she is normally only ever using for facebook and selfies, and calls - dada - drumroll: Creepy gay grandson Chris! (Oh no, Catherine, how could you!)Cathrine is now a prisoner in the nursing home, an the webpage people, is gonna kill her while they film it for their webpage. But then good old Rose saves the day - as she finally get to burn something with the matches she is forever trying to get her hands on! Hurrah for Rose! I knew the old woman had it in her...The End.I feel a bit proud for getting to the end - if I could give no stars, or star minus, I would.

  • Lainy
    2019-06-25 07:16

    Time taken to read - 3 daysPublisher - Faber & FaberPages - 297Blurb from GoodreadsSome 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's really going on? My ReviewWe have two main characters, Catherine who is 23, self obsessed and all about her Facebook status and what she can get out of life. Rose is 82, successful author of children's books, lives at Dear Green Care Home and has dementia. She flits between present day and being cognitively aware to reverting to her 10 year old self and reliving an event over and over. Catherine gets a job in the care home, at the push of her mother and undertakes a journey of self discovery and personal growth. She forms a relationship with Rose and becomes endeared to the elderly lady, however as Rose becomes more adamant, in her lucid moments, that something is going on Catherine's interest is piqued. As she starts to nose around she finds some clues that maybe Rose is onto something with room 7 and her curiosity may lead her to more trouble and danger than she could have imagined.I do like Fitzgerald, you never truly know what your going to get when you pick up one of her books as, I feel, they are very different. This one, we know from early on Catherine is ageist, not a particularly nice individual and does some questionable things. However, Rose is quirky and fabulous and I think she gets under Catherine's skin which starts the journey Catherine goes on. There is a lot more to this story and it is hard to go into without spoilers which I never do and generally hate. Needless to say, there are twists and turns that I didn't see coming, whilst some of the book gets really dark and some readers may find uncomfortable, there is some humour within it and I can't state enough how much I liked Rose. The book also has some sexual content, abuse is also a factor although it is not throughout and when it does appear I found it was relevant to the story rather than just put in for effect. The book I could have read in one sitting however, life did not permit it so I had to steal moments when I could. 4/5 for me this time, I have read Fitzgerald before and absolutely will again, if you like a book that has some tough content, humour and grips you then this book is for you. the Exit is newly released and as good a place as any to start with this author if you haven't read her before.

  • Bill Kupersmith
    2019-05-25 06:18

    When you have an author who likes to begin in familiar & mundane settings & then suddenly veers into a world that’s totally off-the-wall, you can’t expect that all of her books are going to work for you. That’s true of Helen Fitzgerald & me: I loved The Cry, Dead Lovely, & The Devil’s Staircase, whilst The Donor & Amelia O’Donohue is So Not a Virgin didn’t quite float my boat & Deviant was a DNF. Too much suspension of disbelief is required in this one. I had two problems with The Exit. The Alzheimer’s pt seemed too alert & vigorous when the plot required - dementia pts are capable of strong bursts of physical activity, but not as well-directed & co-ordinated as in the denouement here. And tho’ I can indeed imagine things and people as el-yucho as what’s going on @ Dear Green, what they’re into shouldn’t prove all that exciting even for very sick puppies & I couldn’t believe they’d have or pay what would be required to float the care home & this operation. I shouldn’t recommend you not read this book - I enjoyed trying to figure it out - but it’s not quite worth my time.Side Note: I quite agree that ‘I’m sorry for your loss’ is really a stupid expression & I wish I never had to use it. The trouble is that like referring to relative who just died as ‘a loved one’ - there’s not really a suitable idiomatic way to say it. (Sort of like referring to a mature male who enjoys all the pleasures of matrimony without the responsibilities as a ‘boyfriend’! There’s no other term even tho’ he’s neither a boy nor just a friend.)

  • Victoria Goldman
    2019-05-29 06:15

    I loved this book and read it in a couple of hours in just one sitting.The Exit is an unusual story and very well written. It begins as a fairly straightforward easy read, but then develops into a brilliant sick and twisted plot, as the layers build up and more characters are introduced.I took an instant dislike to Catherine, who is incredibly immature at the beginning and, as described by Rose, is rather dull. However, my views gradually changed throughout the course of the book; her personality grows with the story as circumstances force her to take on more responsibility in her life.Rose was a brilliant character - a spunky 82 year old with plenty of attitude who doesn't stand for any nonsense. She drifts between moments of total lucidity and moments of regression back to her 10-year-old self. Sadly, due to her dementia, no one believes most of what she has to say - yet she actually holds the key to what is going on in Dear Green nursing home.The Exit is very creepy, with humour and horror thrown into the mix. Helen FitzGerald is a very talented author.I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nuria
    2019-06-13 07:07

    Writing style - T E R R I B L E. So much of what was mentioned was just...unnecessary. Suspense went on and on to the point where it was just dreary and I felt like skipping ahead to the last 10 pages. Grammar and sentence structure was messy and I had to re-read sentences to understand what was implied. Plot itself was horrific. Like, truly morbid. It made me want to cry for my own mum in case, God forbid, she ever became terminally ill herself, not to mention provided enough foundation for a sequence of horrible nightmares, that I'm sure will start tonight, now that I finished this book at 1:30am. Details of the events were really much more gruesome than needed to be and in my opinion, the storyline took a completely different direction to the one I thought it would take. This is the first and last novel of Helen Fitzgerald I have/will read. I'm very glad I only spent a day on this book, although in hindsight, I wish I'd given up with it much earlier to save myself all this discomfort.

  • Anthea
    2019-06-17 06:50

    To be honest I don't even know why I decided to read this book... Having read The Cry before, I HATED IT. Thought this might be different. Yes it was, in a bad way. Worse.It started off really good and captivating. There were two narratives, Catherine and Rose. Rose has dementia which causes her to be confused and not taken seriously by the people around her. Catherine is a narcissistic shallow little girl whom I despised right from the beginning.Everything was sinister and strange. Why is there a specific "schedule" in which most of the elderly die? What is it in room 7 that make Rose so edgy and constantly warning the people about?Things took a weird turn 3/4 through the book. It was too far-fetched and unrealistic and just plain clusterfuckery.Won't ever read from this author ever again.

  • Wilde Sky
    2019-06-22 03:12

    A young woman starts working in a care home but not everything is as it seems.The big reveal at the end was obvious about a third of the way through the book. The writing / pace were reasonable but the story was a bit thin plus the main young character and many of the 'villains' were a bit one dimensional. Some of the basic plot points didn't ring true.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-31 10:04

    The heroine who narrates most of the book is supposed to be 23, but she makes more sense if you read her as a teenager. In the end, this turned into a pretty queasy mix of jokey teenage angst and perverse sexual nastiness (which is more than borderline homophobic, too).

  • Smitha
    2019-05-28 09:17

    I’ve read and reviewed author Helen Fitzgerald before. I really enjoy the author’s style and when I saw The Exit on NetGalley, I had to request it, and was delighted to be approved for it.Catherine is a self absorbed, fun loving girl in her early twenties. The only things that interest her are night-outs, parties and shopping, much to her super efficient, charity-running mother’s despair. Catherine has run up a huge debit card debt and the only way out is to at least make a tiny bit of effort to get the job her mother has lined up for her, at a care home. It is another story that Catherine isn’t very interested in caring or in old people, but she doesn’t have much of an option.She soon discovers that her work place isn’t what it seems to be. Rose, an 82 year old resident is convinced that there is something evil going on. Rose is a dementia patient. Rose is also the only patient, Catherine can seem to bond with, at some level. Of course, it helps when Rose slips her £1000 to deliver messages to her grandson and her old care worker.Rose’s fears sound like crazy ravings of a lost mind. Given that Rose suffers from dementia, someone who can’t remember her true age at times, or can forget what she said minutes ago, can she be taken seriously? But what if Rose’s fears were genuine, and something fishy is really going on? Catherine ends up investigating and opens up a can of worms.There is also the element of personal tragedy that Catherine goes through, which ends up, understandably, making her less self obsessed. That part of the book, is heart-breaking to read. I wish I could say more, but to say more would be taking away from the twists in the tale. The sickness of minds that come not from illnesses but from perversions was well tackled and beautifully handled. It also shows how the most sick minds can be the most normal sort of people on the outside. Anybody, just anybody can be sick inside and come across as completely normal outside. That thought is very disturbing.An interesting book. Not as gripping as some of the other books of Fitzgerald, but yet a very good book. I particularly liked the way the book ended. The ambiguous ending worked very well for me. I also really liked the way the chapters where labelled. I’m not going to go into more details, go read the book! A 4/5 read for me.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-28 05:06

    Twenty-three year old Catherine Mann is not the person you'd expect to find work in a Care Home. She doesn't even like old people: "I didn't want to see old people unless someone was paying me for it. I didn't like them."She's pretty sure she was only hired for her looks:"He hired me because I'm cute. I don't have a problem admitting I'm cute. I hate when people say 'Oh, I'm ugly', or 'I'm so fat', when they're clearly not."She's addicted to Facebook, likes casual sex and selfies, hanging out with her friends, and has only started work at Dear Green Care Home to get her list-addicted mother off her back. Rose Price is a resident at the home - a prominent children's author, Rose is in the early stages of dementia and keeps slipping back to an incident that happened when she was ten. As a result, nobody really listens to her - so nobody passes any heed when she claims something sinister is afoot at Dear Green. Could the unlikely pairing of a 23 year old and an 82 year old work together to find out what's going on? Is there any point in trying, when one is completely self involved and the other thinks she's 10 years old several times a day? This - yikes. The cover caught my eye and I liked the blurb, I liked the idea of a young stroppy girl befriending an elderly woman. At one point I thought it would be a little like Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey - but this is definitely not a book about dementia or a nice sweet friendship. It's horrific! It's an edge-of-your seat thriller, it's psychological, it's damn scary. It freaked me out in places, but I couldn't put it down! Absolutely not what I was expecting but I thoroughly enjoyed Helen Fitzgerald's writing and I am annoyed with myself that I have had a couple of her other books on my kindle for over a year without reading them. The writing is clever, witty, dark, funny, scary, sweet - it's all there. It's wickedly funny in places (there is a lot of swearing). It's actually quite a disturbing book, but if you're looking for a good thriller that's not predictable - you won't guess the ending to this one.

  • Mike
    2019-06-17 06:00

    The Exit is told from two different points of view. Most of it is narrated by Catherine, whom we first meet as a self-centred girl of 23, She's been forced by her control freak of a mother to take a job as a carer at a home for the elderly, some of whom have dementia. The other half of the story focuses on Rose, an 82-year-old. Rose's mind shifts back and forwards between the present and a tragic event that happened to her when she was ten, after she and her sister had been shifted out of London because of the bombing. Rose is one of the patients at the rest home, so of course she and Catherine meet. She insists continually that something very bad is going on in the home, but it takes Catherine quite some time before she believes her. Naturally no one else believes her, except her former social worker (who’s been banned from the building). What exactly is going on takes quite a bit of uncovering and proves to be considerably more disturbing than what happened to Rose and her sister back in the 1940s. The two vividly-drawn characters hold the reader’s attention as the story shifts back and forth, and the suspense is considerable. I had to skip some paragraphs in the climax because of the nature of the content, and I suspect I won't be the only one. Fitzgerald is an excellent writer and this thriller will keep you up until the wee hours.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-26 05:57

    I really enjoyed this book and it would be 3.5 stars if I could. Catherine initially comes off as a rather annoying and shallow young woman which I guess she is but over the course of the story she grows and matures. While this story is extremely creepy and odd in particular the end I also see it as a coming of age story for a very immature individual who through quite unusual circumstances learns a lot about herself and what is important in life. I work in aged care and I'm studying nursing so this was quite interesting to me for the blurb but Catherine working in a care home is less about the work there and far more about herself, her relationship with her mother and those around her, Rose a resident in the care home in particular. I found in the beginning the alternating points of view of Catherine and Rose confusing in particular with Rose alternating between young and old Rose though as time progressed it not only was fine but very intricate to the story. The care home holds many secrets or does it? This questions runs through the whole book is something going on at Dear Green of is the mind of poor Rose conjuring curiosities. I shan't give that away but do think its worth a read to find out. I enjoyed this one so much the author is now on my radar and I simply must read more of her work. Highly recommend.

  • Gretel
    2019-06-19 05:12

    The Exit is in my opinion Fitzgerald's best novel yet. It's creepy, macabre and of course darkly funny at times. It is set in an old people's home, Dear Green, in Glasgow. 23 year old Catherine has been given an ultimatum by her long-suffering mother, and she reluctantly agrees to take a job at Dear Green. There she meet 82 year old Rose who suffers from dementia. Catherine and Rose, two very different personalities, start to get along, and Catherine believes Rose when she says she thinks something bad is afoot in the care home. Catherine's voice is believable and definitely distinct; Fitzgerald nails the attitude of a young, self-absorbed yet fragile woman. The relationship with her mother is complicated and really rings true. The parts from Rose's perspectives are equally enjoyable. Her dementia means she goes 'back in time' and this too felt believable; it's evident Fitzgerald has really researched the subject. I recommend this. While it isn't perfect (view spoiler)[the ending is dramatic, but I can't be the only one that hoped for a bit more closure (hide spoiler)], it is a well-written and addictive read.

  • Lindsay Seddon
    2019-06-09 05:54

    I read this book in two days, and hardly moved during that time, it was just so compelling. Set around a care home for those near the end of their life, the story follows an 82 year old author and dementia patient, Rose, and a 23 year old reluctant care worker/party girl, Catherine. The character of Rose was what initially got me hooked. The mention of her drawings, and specifically the code of the green Wellington boots in every picture that mirrored a scene from real life, was intriguing. Catherine took longer to warm up to but it was interesting to see the transition in her sense of responsibility as her circumstances changed. The big reveal as to what Rose found so disturbing about the care home was nothing like I could have imagined (and I'd imagined all kinds). Very dark, disturbing and sinister. My only criticism is that it ended so suddenly. It just felt unfinished and I have one or two unanswered questions. otherwise, this was a gripping and extremely shocking thriller that I would recommend to anyone.

  • Jennie Diplock-Storer
    2019-06-24 05:15

    This book held so much promise!! Who's "easing" residents out of Dear Green, a home for the elderly & dying?It started well. We have two protagonists, Catherine, who is 23, cute & a little bit spoilt and Rose, who is 82, a famous author of beloved children's books & now a resident of Dear Green due to her intermittent confusion. Catherine is employed to spend time with Rose & keep her safe. Rose continuously speaks out about the residency being dangerous, with bad things happening in Room 7. She is not, of course, taken seriously due to her confusion. Ultimately, things change. Especially in Catherine's life. She starts looking into Rose's claims & the mystery deepens & opens into a chasm of darkness. The beginning of the book is very enjoyable. Well written, the characters are well developed. The build up to the finale is fabulous. Then everything just went PLONK. So disappointing! Such potential. This is a Young Adult Fiction book, but young adults deserve a decent ending!

  • Theresa (TBC) (TT&B)
    2019-05-25 09:19

    I've never read a book like this! At 1st I wanted to shove Catherine to get her moving. Then, as I'm a carer, I was horrified she took money to run an errand! Not allowed! Then o felt sad for her as very differently as her & her Mums story unfolded. As she delved deeper & the story unraveled of what Rose was trying to tell & show her & Natalie, I was desperate to read it faster. The people involved & what they were involved in. This was great story. so good to read.

  • Gary
    2019-06-16 01:54

    An easy read but an interesting one too. I liked the main character and her development was a sorry I wanted to follow. There were a few quirky characters in the book and the plot developed along with these people. Italy enjoyed this book

  • Karen
    2019-06-17 10:02

    A quick easy read. Highly recommended even if you don't read thrillers like myself. I just hope this doesn't really go on in care homes!

  • Susanna Beatrix Bloderer
    2019-06-04 01:53

    Synopsis:Catherine is a hedonistic, shallow and self-centered woman in her early twenties that is encouraged by her mother to get a job as a carer for elderly people. Thinking of the money and the prospect of a trip to Costa Rica, she takes it. There, she meets Rose Price, a famous writer for children's books that suffers from dementia. Things at her new workplace "Dear Green" are however not as they might seem.We all know a girl like Catherine. We see them all over social media. We also know that disaster can strike at any second and can forever turn someone's live around. The writer skilfully interweaves reality and fiction, so that people can't help but get caught up in the plot. After all, this could happen to each and every one of us.This is a classic page-turner, meaning that you'll want to read the book in one setting. A lot of books become dull after a while, but not this one. The vocabulary used was diverse, without causing the novel to become too difficult to read. The characters were well-developed and you could easily paint a picture of them in your head. It's a pity that the ending was so unsatisfactory. I also found parts of the book too far-fetched, unrealistic and predictable. The last 50-100 pages almost seemed a bit rushed and could have used some more re-writing (I can imagine this is what Rose Price might have said).

  • Bookfan53
    2019-06-23 08:51

    I did not like this book. I began to read it and was becoming a bit bored but stuck with it. As the story continued I found parts of the book pretty distasteful to be honest. The horrible sex scene with Marcus,is something I would like to erase from my mind. I felt there was a certain irreverence surrounding some subjects but I guess the point of the book was to do with these certain subjects. I really do not know if what I was suffering from was being deeply affected by the subject matter. I had suffered a recent,quite devastating, close bereavement and I honestly think this was the wrong book to pick,so soon after such a sad event in my life. I also felt this book didn't know what it was. Was it a comedy,thriller? Who knows,I certainly didn't. I would not recommend this book if you have suffered a bereavement recently. I do not think I will read another of Miss Fitzgerald's books in the future.

  • Kim
    2019-06-20 03:00

    I have literally just finished this book, one I found I could not put down. Wow, what a roller coaster of a ride that was! I feel I can breathe again now!Definitely will read more of Helen Fitzgerald, and to think I picked this book up from my local library on a whim.Without giving much away or repeating the synopsis blurb this story started steadily and rapidly dragged me in. Based in a care home/hospice and centered round resident Rose who has dementia and Catherine who is a newbie care assistant, this story had so many twists and turns it is in no way predictable and isn't like anything I've read before.If you want a brilliant psychological thriller that is unputdownable this is for you. Just make sure you clear you social schedule as once started you will not want to stop till the very end.

  • Ian Gofton
    2019-06-22 07:06

    I struggled with this and gave up. Clearly the reviews from others contradict my view so for me this is a marmite book.......either you love it or you don't. I really did not like the main characters and could not keep up with back and forth writing between the ages. Oh well, you cant like them all!

  • Emily Best
    2019-06-07 09:52

    i really enjoyed this book. but please if you have recently lost a loved one who was in a hospice, like i have, or even have a loved one in a hospice - i recommend you dont read it just yet. i cried through most of this book.

  • Amanda Burrows
    2019-06-12 10:11

    This book is messed up, but had me on the edge of my seat.

  • Megan
    2019-05-30 07:10

    Very disturbing plot. The characters were very static and did not seem to grow during the book.