Independent Publishers Group Logo

Sign up today...
for featured titles, special offers, bestsellers, and more, in your inbox!

Subscribe to receive special offers, monthly books suggestions, seasonal selections, and more!

Halfway House
Halfway House

Halfway House



276 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: May 2024

ISBN 9781914585708

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (May 2024)


eBook Editions Available

Will it work on my eReader?
Price: $16.99


On her first shift at an Edinburgh halfway house for violent offenders, a young woman is taken hostage … and that’s just the beginning… The twisty, shocking, darkly funny thriller by award-winning author Helen FitzGerald.

`A new novel from Helen Fitzgerald is always a major event … magnificent´ Mark Billingham

`Outrageous, hilarious and dark as hell – this is Helen FitzGerald on absolute top form´ Doug Johnstone

`[Lou] is irresistible and very funny … The set-up is fascinating, the narrative is both fast-moving and convincing´ Literary Review


They`re the housemates from Hell…

When her disastrous Australian love affair ends, Lou O´Dowd heads to Edinburgh for a fresh start, moving in with her cousin, and preparing for the only job she can find … working at a halfway house for very high-risk offenders.

Two killers, a celebrity paedophile and a paranoid coke dealer – all out on parole and all sharing their outwardly elegant Edinburgh townhouse with rookie night-worker Lou…

And instead of finding some meaning and purpose to her life, she finds herself trapped in a terrifying game of cat and mouse where she stands to lose everything – including her life.

Slick, darkly funny and nerve-janglingly tense, Halfway House is both a breathtaking thriller and an unapologetic reminder never to corner a desperate woman…


`Tense, claustrophobic and laugh-out-loud funny … an amazingly talented writer´ Michael Wood

`A genius combination of horror, humour and humanity´ B M Carroll

Praise for Helen FitzGerald

**Shortlisted for Theakston Crime Novel of the Year**

`Sharp, shocking and savagely funny´ Chris Whitaker

`Dark, dark, deliciously dark´ Amanda Jennings

`Wickedly funny, breath-stealingly tense and utterly chilling´ Miranda Dickinson

`The main character is one of the most extraordinary you`ll meet between the pages of a book´ Ian Rankin

`Sublime´ Guardian

`A dark, comic masterpiece´ Mark Edwards

`Urgent, angry, absolutely terrifying´ Erin Kelly

`Tantalisingly powerful´ The Times

`The classic thriller gets a hell of a twist´ Heat

`FitzGerald writes like a more focused Irvine Welsh or a less misogynist Philip Roth´ Daily Telegraph

`Domestic life is rarely served up quite so dark as this´ Sun


"Tense, claustrophobic and laugh out loud funny. Helen Fitzgerald is an amazingly talented writer. I love her work."—Michael Wood, author of the DCI Matilda Darke series

"Outrageous, hilarious and dark as hell - this is Helen FitzGerald on absolute top form."—Doug Johnstone, author of The Skelfs series

"A constantly surprising caper that is laugh-out-loud funny and strangely moving. Fans of Carl Hiaasen will love it." —The Times

Author Biography

Helen FitzGerald is the 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. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over fifteen years.