Reviews For  Death Cry

I have just finished reading Death Cry. It was an excellent read and I can't recommend it enough! Set in both Ireland of old and modern times, the characters have you gripped from the start. You feel like you know the whole family from each generation. This is my second book from Gemma Mawdsley that I have enjoyed immensely, her first book "The Paupers Graveyard" is excellent too. I look forward to reading many more!                       Lorraine Fleming                     

 Death Cry was amazing. Couldn't stop reading it until I finished. Read it in two days after work. Another masterpiece by  Gemma Mawdsley  brilliant.     Cathriona Flynn       

Gemma just finished it!!! Loved it. Frightening...emotional and at the same time uplifting.....had me from page 1!!! Well done and thank you so much for the privilage of reading it,   Alice McSharry.   

"Finished it about ten mins ago absolutely loved it, not like any other book I have read before which usually takes me ten chapters to get in to it. It had me from the start. Thanks, Steven.   

Have to say Death Cry is by far one of the most fantastic books I have read in a very long time. Unlike most books I have read recently, I haven’t found myself reading half of the book before becoming completely entangled in its thrilling story line, was captured instantly and found it very difficult to leave down. Cannot wait for the next addition in the brilliant line of books from such a great minded author,       Steven Conlan.   

I have been a huge fan of this author since I read her first novel, The Paupers’ Graveyard. I recently downloaded her new novel, Death Cry;   I can’t believe how good it is. One expects some authors to be a one hit wonder, but Ms Mawdsley is growing stronger with each of her works. I recommend you read Death Cry as it will hold you spellbound from start to finish. I particularly loved the sting in the tail ending. Can’t wait to hear what next.     John Kelly. 

I have just read Death Cry in one sitting. I couldn't put it down as the suspense mounted with each page. Gemma Mawdsley brought the characters to life and I have to admit her words left me breathless. I read her last book, The Paupers' Graveyard and didn't quite know what to expect with her latest one, but I was not disappointed. In fact, I can't wait to read the next one.  More Gemma Mawdsley,more please,   David Murphy.                       

Death Cry is an extremely gripping, exciting read. Set in Ireland in the mid 1600's it tells the story of a young girl, Annie, with a special power. This power attracts the attention of the most evil spirit who wants to harness her power for himself. The story finishes up in modern Ireland and the struggle that still contiues between good and evil. This book is an excellent read and is very difficult to put down, kirbs.  

Gemma is an extremely gifted author who really knows how to bring her books to life. She makes you believe every word your reading. She really knows how to take your beathe away. I just finished Death Cry and i loved it she had me on the edge of my chair for the whole book. Her books are a pleasure to read and I can’t wait for the next one,   Sarah Chearnley. 

 Comments on the Paupers’ Graveyard

Gemma Mawdsley is a welcome new talent to the chiller genre. After The Pauper’s Graveyard, I  expect to hear and read a lot   more from her.  SPING-TINGLING ,  James Herbert, author. 


'Great stuff. Gripping, chilling and satisfyingly gory.'  

Mia Gallagher, Author of  Hellfire.

'The Paupers' Graveyard is a brilliant debut novel, sensitively blending history with horror and introducing a rare new talent in Gemma Mawdsley, set to become Ireland's own Mistress of the Macabre.'     Eileen Townsend, Author.    

'This modern fantasy horror tale interweaves between today's suburban Ireland and famine times - Mawdsley's historical landscape and brilliant characterisation is accomplished; her go-between world of famine spectres is thrillingly real... A compelling read.                                                     Seamus Cashman.                                                

'Because of my dyslexia, it is seldom that a book grips me to the point where I can hardly leave it down. Gemma Mawdsley's, The Paupers' Graveyard did just that. I found it compelling, totally absorbing and the plot and characters powerfully developed.                                                             Don Mullan, Writer.        

  Irish Voice Newspaper U S A Around the World | Irish Central

A rundown of the latest and greatest book out, The Paupers'Graveyard by Gemma Mawdsley

Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars

I’m really enjoying this book and I find Emma’s writing easily engages all of the senses. This feels highly polished & distilled; ‘The Pauper’s Graveyard’ is an historical account that details ‘days of old’ passed in a very poor Ireland during the time of the famine, it is atmospheric and the ghostly detail is stunning!  I  reccommend  Gemma’s work for those long Winter Nights! :-)



A FIRST-TIME  author from the Ennis Road, who first had her writing published in the Limerick Leader 40 years ago, has expressed delight at her debut  novel experiencing very healthy sales in its first week of release.  Gemma Mawdsley,  a resident of Ferndale, will officially  launch her novel,  The Paupers’ Graveyard,  this weekend  at  the  Greenhills. She describes the  novel as a chiller  which combines the legacy of the  Great Famine with modern Ireland.  ”The graveyard  in the title is based on an  actual cemetery on  th e Kileely Road,”  explained Gemma this week. “It’s about a couple’s  dream  home  which was  built on  tainted  ground, over the  bones  of the famine dead,  leading  to  a series of tragedies for the couple.

Although she has been writing since she was 10-years-old, Gemma truly began to hone her skills 10 years ago when she registered in a creative writing class in UL,  which she followed up with a further writing course in Killaloe where she started writing  The Paupers’ Graveyard. ”I made the decision three years ago  to write full  time  because I  just  loved  it so  much.  It’s something I do quickly, about  3,000 words a day and I  have my daughter Jessica to act as my editor and critic.  I haven’t even  seen the book sitting on the shelves yet but we’ve been told that they’re flying off the shelves.”    

Before Gemma sealed the publishing deal for her new novel, she was shortlisted by Waterstones for a new writers award. However, her talent as    a writer  first gained  public  recognition in  the  Limerick Leader  in 1969  when she was only  10-years-old  ”Myself  and  two of my friends, Eileen O’Brien and  Jan Long,  had each written a poem that our teacher thought was very good so she asked the Leader if they would print it, which they did. I remember mine was about the Norman invasion of Ireland.”                          

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