Saturday, 25 May 2019

Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald - Blog Tour Review

Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with 
some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line.
Imprisoned for murdering his wife, Liam Macdowall has published 
a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that has made 
him an unlikely hero – 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.
A heart-pounding, relentless and chilling psychological thriller, 
rich with deliciously dark and unapologetic humour, Worst Case 
Scenario is also a perceptive, tragic and hugely relevant book 
by one of the most exciting names in crime fiction.

About The Author 

Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling 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 is now a major drama 
for BBC1. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over fifteen 
years. She grew up in Victoria, Australia. She now lives in Glasgow with her husband.

My Review

I absolutely loved Mary and this book! She is a criminal justice social worker. Dealing with people involved in some serious crimes on a daily basis is difficult.

Mary is menopausal, angry, slightly sex obsessed, borderline alcoholic and takes drugs! She sounds like an absolute delight doesn't she? Well I personally thought she was great. In a lot of ways she was a breath of fresh air. She throws caution to the wind and thinks, f*** it I am going to do and say what I want! Which has a knock on affect to the people around her and cases she is working on. Mary says and does things that I am sure a lot of people in that line of work wish they could. The whole downward spiral seems to kick off with a misunderstanding about flexitime, believe or not!

As well as the humour littered throughout Worst Case Scenario, there is a more serious side to the story.  For me, it was a mix of both that made this such an enjoyable read. Helen Fitzgerald has a great skill of finding the perfect balance between the two.

Mary's final case before she leaves is a man who killed his wife, and is being released from prison. Mary instantly dislikes him, he has wrote a book whilst in prison and is quite well known because of it. He doesn't show much remorse and seems to blame his wife for what happened. The letters he wrote to his dead wife gave an excellent insight into his character. 

Worst Case Scenario is a unique, captivating read and is right up my street and is definitely one of my favourite reads this year. 


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