The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson by Helen Kitson

Once upon a time Gabrielle Price wrote and published an extraordinary novel. 

But twenty years on her literary star has dimmed, her “work of genius” is all but forgotten, and no further novels have materialized. She now lives an unremarkable life: middle-aged, living alone in the sleepy village she grew up in, and working as a housekeeper for the local vicar. Her lonely existence is dominated by memories of her best friend Madeleine, who died young, in tragic and mysterious circumstances.

Gabrielle’s quiet world is turned upside down when she meets and befriends Simon – young, attractive, a would-be writer, and enthusiastic fan of the astonishing novel that Gabrielle published all those years ago. Charmed and flattered, she recklessly invites him into her home and her heart. But Simon is mysterious and manipulative, and it’s not long before he forces Gabrielle to confront the demons in her past. Gabrielle’s obsession begins to destroy her carefully cultivated life, and she comes to feel increasingly threatened by Simon’s presence.

Who is he? Why did he seek her out? And what does he really want?


Thank you to Louise Walters of Louise Walters Books and Helen Kitson for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy of this novel prior to publication.

I requested an ARC of this novel after seeing the striking cover and intriguing blurb. When I received my copy I was over the moon and the beautiful cover reflects the theme of the book perfectly.

The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson is an unsettling novel regarding a writer, the past and a haunting secret brought to attention by a mysterious fan.

I found this a wonderful yet unsettling voyage. The author has created characters with intriguing depth. This is an expertly written, captivating and convincing story that I know I will read again.

There were so many sentences, paragraphs or comments which I felt spoke directly to me and will stay with me for a long time.

  • TITLE: The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson
  • AUTHOR: Helen Kitson
  • PUBLISHER: Louise Walters Books
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 7 March 2019






taken from Helen Kitson’s Goodreads profile:

I live in Worcester with my husband (YA author Elon Dann) and our two teenage children.

My first poetry collection was nominated for the Forward Best First Collection Prize.

In 1996 I was joint winner of the BBC Wildlife Magazine Poet of the Year competition.

In 2016 I was shortlisted for the Dundee Book Prize.

My short fiction has appeared in many magazines, including Ambit, The Reader, Feminist Review, and Stand.

In 2013 I graduated from the Open University with a BA (Hons) in Humanities. Now studying for an MA in Art History.

My debut novel, ‘The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson’, will be published in Spring 2019 by Louise Walters Books.

You can interact with Helen Kitson on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Amazon




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