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Ash Mountain Reviews

Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald

Ash Mountain

Helen Fitzgerald

3.57 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Orenda Books
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 20 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9781913193287

A devastating, disaster-noir thriller from the author of The Cry.

4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
22 Aug 2020

"the jigsaw of information forms a shocking picture"

Right from the start we know that the entire place will be engulfed in flames; although the timeline, which moves between various points before the fire in a kaleidoscope of different perspectives, can be disconcerting, the jigsaw of information forms a shocking picture just in time for the inevitable, superbly rendered immolation.


4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
8 Aug 2020

"Ash Mountain bursts with black humour"

A compassionate novel about the consequences of crime, rather than a conventional crime thriller, Ash Mountain bursts with black humour and features a bravura portrayal of a bush fire that eventually descends on the community like the wrath of God. Whether or not you’re religious, the terrifying destruction it wreaks certainly makes you believe in karma.

3 stars out of 5
24 May 2020

"the chapters that resulted are tantalisingly powerful, but there are simply not enough of them — a fuller overhaul was arguably required"

After setting last year’s dazzling Worst Case Scenario in Glasgow, Helen FitzGerald revisits her native Australia in Ash Mountain (Orenda £8.99), which unfolds in rural Victoria as the 2019-20 bushfires approach. Frustratingly, though, the bulk of it isn’t about the “Black Summer” at all, centring instead on a woman returning to her home town and reconnecting with her past. FitzGerald explains in an afterword that she had to rework her first draft with the inferno “under way”...