Project Description

28 June 2022
RRP: $29.99
ISBN: 9781922711755
Paperback,  288 pages
234 x 153 mm
contemporary fiction

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Keep Her Sweet

by Helen Fitzgerald

When Jen and Andeep downsize to a lovely bluestone house in Ballarat, they don’t expect to be followed by their spatting twenty-something daughters, Asha and Camille.

Soon, the family is living on top of each other in a tiny house and tensions simmer. As the parents 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 as a classic case of sibling rivalry and the stress of the family move.

But this is no ordinary sibling rivalry. These sisters are too far gone for that …

Chilling and darkly funny, Keep Her Sweet is a tense psychological thriller and a startling look at the bonds sisters share or shatter.

PRAISE for Keep Her Sweet 

‘A wonderful book about a toxic family … funny, shocking and full of heart. FitzGerald at her coruscating best’ – Doug Johnstone

‘Definitely one for those who love deadly dysfunctional families, whip-smart writing, and their stories dark, dark, deliciously dark’ – Amanda Jennings

‘A novel rippling with power and intensity. A true page-turner’ – Michael Wood

‘Wickedly funny, breath-stealingly tense and utterly chilling … a book you’ll want to talk about’ – Miranda Dickinson

‘Helen Fitzgerald has an uncanny ability to balance savagery and hilarity … an absolute banger of a book’ – Matt Wesolowski

‘A crazy but addictive, dark and funny, read’ – Louise Beech

‘Dark humour sings from the pages’ – Russel McLean

‘A fascinating and original tale of a family in rapid decline’ – Jen Med’s Book Reviews

‘If we are to encounter [Keep Her Sweet] as an escape, as a chance to forget the misery and stresses of our lives against the over-the-top extremes of fiction, then it is a rousing success.’ – The Guardian

‘Helen FitzGerald is one of the most unique voices in Australian (slash- Glaswegian) crime, and her energetic, light writing style makes what happens between the pages of her books that much more shocking to read.’ – Readings Monthly

‘Fitzgerald can keep a reader up all night page-turning, with great skills in narrative and horror’. – The Age/SMH

About the Author

Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of twelve adult and young-adult thrillers, including Ash Mountain (2021) and The Cry (2013), which was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and is now a major BBC/ABC drama. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over fifteen years. She grew up in Kilmore, Victoria, Australia. She now lives in Glasgow with her husband.