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Summary

He's gone. And telling the truth won't bring him back...

When a baby goes missing on a lonely roadside in Australia, it sets off a police investigation that will become a media sensation and dinner-table talk across the world. Lies, rumours and guilt snowball, causing the parents, Joanna and Alistair, to slowly turn against each other. Finally Joanna starts thinking the unthinkable: Could the truth be even more terrible than she suspected? And what will it take to make things right?

The Cry is a dark psychological thriller with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart and characters who will keep you guessing on every page.

©2013 Helen Fitzgerald (P)2014 Audible Studios

Critic reviews

"Astonishingly good. It is utterly harrowing, completely plausible, constantly nerve-shredding ... It plays on the deepest, darkest fears of all parents about their children, and embeds that everyday terror in a plot so up-to-the-minute that you'll swear it's been lifted from the pages of a newspaper ... The Cry is a remarkable novel - its devastating power all the stronger for its realistic rendering. Brilliant stuff." (Doug Johnstone, Independent on Sunday)
"A book you find yourself greedily gulping down." ( Herald)
"The harrowing plot keeps you gripped until the final, devastating revelation." ( Sunday Mirror)" The Cry really is extraordinary. In a just universe, it will be [Helen FitzGerald's] Gone Girl moment. Read it at once." (Steve Mosby)
"Fitzgerald's punchy thriller fleshes out new circles of parental hell" ( Independent)
"Brilliant... 300 pages of taut, sharp, chilling and often laugh out loud funny genius." (Lisa Jewell)
"The way their world unravels is compelling and terrifyingly real. FitzGerald is a hugely underrated writer, but the initial success of The Cry looks set to put an end to that." (Big Issue Books of the Year)

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Not a dark thriller on any level -disappointing

What was most disappointing about Helen Fitzgerald’s story?

This really never got going and the plot line was weak to say the least - I found the 'tweets' irritating and felt like abandoning it if I heard ' bobbly pops @bobbly pops' one more time. I listened on hoping there would be more of a twist - sadly not.

What about Lucy Paterson’s performance did you like?

On the upside it was well performed but that is unfortunately the only positive thing I can say.

What character would you cut from The Cry?

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The old lady - can't even remember her name to be honest this just wasn't for me - it was sold as a dark psychological thriller that would leave you wanting more and I just could nt wait for it to end a poor plot.

Any additional comments?

I rarely leave reviews but felt I had to in this case as when it ended I thought oh? Is that it?? But to be honest I was surprised I d persevered. It may appeal to some but not to me sadly

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Er....is that it?

It kept building up and building up and then flops dully. The premise seemed so full of promise, so interesting but the execution and final destination disappointing.

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Disappointing plot and ending

I listened to the full book, mainly to find out if the story was going to get any better. Disappointing plot and main male character was not engaging. Felt that main gist of the story should have been brought to a conclusion - ie Noah.

Don’t waste 7 hours of your life listening to this.

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  • 20-10-20

Spoilt by an thin ending

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and liked the structure of it and how it teased about what was to come later.
However, the eventual ‘later’ didn’t materialise. I couldn’t believe the story had actually ended as it came way too soon and without resolution of a lot of issues.

But ..... it was well narrated and although I’m bitterly disappointed with the ending, I really enjoyed the story up until that point. Still worth a listen.

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good overall

a good book overall, but not as gripping as it could be

Sudden, rather disappointing Ending

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The Aussie Pronunciation!!

Great story, but the pronunciation of Melbourne and Geelong really grated on me by the end. Why didn’t the author or someone correct the narrator?

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The story behind the tv series

Was good to be able to read/listen alongside the tv series. Although the series didn’t seem to be strongly based on the book, this was much more informative and needed to fully get a feel for what was going on.

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Enjoyed this book

I enjoyed this book although it felt like it was a couple of hours short, the end felt a bit rushed and I would have liked answers to a few more questions. Format was good but the style helped the book to feel shorter .

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The Cry - excellent!

Don’t often write a review but this book was excellent. Gripped me from the start. Wouldn’t usually want to read a book about such a gruelling topic but it was so well written, it was brilliant. Great characters & feel sad not to hear what will become of Joanna now the story has ended.
Fantastic narration on Audible. Lucy Paterson was superb.
Read it!!

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Strong start, weak ending.

The book started well, a great pace, good story however failed to deliver as the story went on.
It felt like the author had a really great premise for a very good thriller but was unable to deliver the depth required to make this the unforgettable thriller that was promised.
Felt disappointed with the conclusion of the book, however it’s isn’t the worst audiobook that I have listened to. The narrator was very good and I enjoyed her performance.
I got this free with the latest buy one get one free deal, or I would have considered returning it unfortunately.

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  • 22-03-14

Good story and great listen

I was hooked while listening to the sample and remained hooked to the end.

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  • Adjunct Labor
  • 18-04-21

Great Pace, Satisfying Finish

While this book does not exactly qualify as a mystery, it has some satisfying intersections with the genre, including suspense. I don’t want to say anything that might *spoil* the development of character, which is a large part of the appeal of this book.

After listening to all of the Tana French novels as well as Louise Penny’s (I adored Dublin and Montreal!!), I discovered this title after searching for “British Crime Novels made into shows.” I think “The Cry” was produced as a show by the BBC, and I expect more people will be curious about the book as it is released in the US.

Bottom line: happy to spend the credit on a well-written, interesting tale.

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  • Mary
  • 29-04-18

Hard to take this story

I couldn't finish this book. Didn't like characters or plot. The book felt claustrophobic and the characters were nearly all too grating and one dimensional for my taste.

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  • Shunrata
  • 02-06-16

Sometimes a book just grabs you.

Loved the story, narrator very good except for pronunciation of 'Melboorne' and 'Geee-long' lol