No Fury Like That is a literary thriller about life and death--and the power of second chances. What is your moral compass? Julia Redner has to die in order to find her answer to this question--but is she really dead or is she being given the opportunity to rethink her life while solving an intricate puzzle of murders? And she does not miss the opportunity to exact righteous revenge! With an unforgettable cast of characters, a surprising plot with twists and turns, and a powerful, determined female protagonist, the novel takes you on a fast-paced, funny, adventurous ride, exploring themes of love, friendship, revenge and family--and the transformation of character in impossible circumstances. Ultimately, No Fury Like That is about metamorphosis, and how friendship is more important than success, love is more important than money, and family is more important than power.
Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has been a Canadian citizen for nine years and has lived in Toronto for thirteen. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. As an art director, her magazine credits include marie claire, Vogue, Vogue Living and Cosmopolitan, SHE and Longevity. Her first novel, the critically acclaimed The Hungry Mirror, won the 2011 IPPY Gold Medal for Women's Issues Fiction, and her second novel, West of Wawa, won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal for Popular Fiction.
"Imagine if characters from The Devil Wears Prada got trapped in Sartre's play No Exit, where "hell is other people." No Fury Like That uses the lens of female souls stuck in purgatory to examine loss, love, rage, angst, and what there really is to live for. Alternately funny, melancholy, philosophical, and raunchy, it's a wild ride and another gutsy novel from de Nikolits."
-- John Oughton, author of Death by Triangulation
"Suspenseful, surprising, thrilling and at times laugh-out-loud funny, No Fury Like That takes you on page-turning ride into another world--with Lisa de Nikolits's skillful writing keeping you belted in."
--Jacqueline Kovacs, Magazine Editor, Metroland Media
"Julia Redner seemed to have it all: stunning good looks, fantastic job, and enough money and perks to live in the style she'd grown accustomed to. But after it all went down and she finds herself in the afterlife, Julia realizes that she didn't have a single friend and now has a whack of unfinished business to settle. No Fury Like That is a cautionary tale about the perils of rising to the top at any cost. It's also a smart, satisfying read that's laced with humour, peopled with quirky characters and moves along at a fast clip. Readers will root for its plucky heroine, hoping she'll get a shot at a second chance. Another spellbinder from Lisa de Nikolits!"
--Rosemary McCracken, author of the Pat Tierney mysteries
"Afraid to die? Worse is yet to come! Julia, a ruthless business woman, suddenly finds herself in a Purgatory not remembering if she has died, or how. Left with no choice but to make friends with other lost souls, she never dreams she will become not only their saviour but also an avenger. In this brilliantly written book, you will be a holding your breath when Julia realises she should have made things right at the primary crime scene where it all started--Earth."
--Suzana Tratnik, author of Games with Greta
"No Fury Like That is de Nikolits at her best. She has taken the question, "What if you had a second chance?" and has given her imagination free rein to answer it. The result is a novel full of colourful characters who grapple with their lives, their deaths, and what it is to be human. By the final page the reader has not only witnessed Julia Redner's metamorphic journey, but has also taken a personal step forward."
--Liz Bugg, author of the Calli Barnow Mystery Series
"Lisa de Nikolits is one of my most fascinating discoveries of Canadian literature. Her writing is fresh and attractive, but deep in ideas and thoughtful provoking. No Fury Like That is an example of this duality: under the appearance of a paranormal story set in the Purgatory we face a brilliant psychological exploration of human soul questioning our certitudes about the world: Who we really are? How to find a responsibility about our past? What are the implications of our acts? Big questions presented through a captivating prose displayed in a perfect plot that catch the reader from the very beginning. De Nikolits knows how to combine the oppressive atmosphere of Beckett or Kafka with the contemporaneous forms of thriller-narrative, always with a touch of humor and sensibility. And of course, with an extraordinary capacity to capture the essence of human emotions."
--Miguel Angel Hernandez, author of Escape Attempt