Woo! Day three of the ‘Worst Case Scenario’ blog tour is here, which means I get to share my review of Helen Fitzgerald’s latest beauty! Huge thanks, as always, to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for the blog tour invite!
Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line. Liam Macdowall was imprisoned for murdering his wife, and he’s published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that makes him an unlikely hero – and a poster boy for Men’s Rights activists.
Liam is released on licence into Mary’s care, but things are far from simple. Mary develops a poisonous obsession with Liam and his world, and when her son and Liam’s daughter form a relationship, Mary will stop at nothing to impose her own brand of justice … with devastating consequences.
What does TWG think?
This book honestly has the best first line I think I have ever read! Given the theme of the sentence, so to speak, I probably shouldn’t like it, but the fact that it was such a bold and intriguing opening just made me want to ignore everyone around me until I had finished reading it.
Mary, Mary, Mary. What a woman! She doesn’t give a monkeys, and yet she owns that like a woman scorned. Sorry, a menopausal woman! Seeing as I have not had the pleasure of going through the menopause just yet, it was quite insightful to follow a character whose honesty about the subject was incredibly refreshing in the jaw dropping, severely shocking kind of way.
As much as I would love to sit here and talk about Mary’s quirks for the entire review, I have to touch upon the fact that ‘Worst Case Scenario’ isn’t a read about a menopausal woman who is cheesed off – the storyline does contain some rather dark and sinister events regarding a man named Liam, a wife murderer. Now, there is a lot more to him that meets the eye. If you were to quickly glance at the character and the way that he comes across in the story, you may find that you teeter towards empathy, purely because he doesn’t come across as a monster wife murderer….for a short space of time anyway.
I adore Helen Fitzgerald’s unique, addictive, and honest story telling as she makes several characters from different walks of life, come alive in such a laugh-out-loud, boisterous manner which had me telling myself off for proper belly laughing at some of the antics described in the book.
‘Worst Case Scenario’ is a brilliant, brilliant book that had me thinking ‘what the f….aalalala’ more times than I can count, leaving me with my jaw hanging off its hinges at the very end. This is definitely a one of a kind read, one that Helen Fitzgerald has delivered in the only way that she knows how; phenomenally.