#Throwback of Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald @FitzHelen @OrendaBooks #WorstCaseScenario #Orentober

Worst Case Scenario was published by Orenda last year, in which I was originally on the Random Thing Tour for. Which means that it is available for your immediate reading consumption in many wonderful formats here!
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.


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.


Worst Case Scenario is a darkly hilarious crime fiction novel that revolves around the unfiltered protagonist that is Mary Shields, a ballsy parole officer that develops an unhealthy obsession with one of her parolees. Helen drew me in from the very first line, I had been told that she’s the queen of first liners, and now I’m not even going to argue with it because I agree!

Mary shields is a straight talking, sarcastic, menopausal and ballsy glaswegion that you can’t help side with although at times you know she’s teetering the line of no return. The portrayl of Mary and the genre of this read has been recently deemed as menapausal noir, I can understand the portrayl of that. Mary is experiencing these symptoms that both add to the humour of this read, as well as creating a slight flow of sympathy for Mary who is fed up of her job, is trying to do something right but is getting treated like the bad woman. Mary is her own woman and a mother who is trying to juggle her responsibilities while pushing against the hormonal tide within her. The way that the dialogue is written draws the reader deeper into Mary’s psyche and life, where no stone is left unturned. All in all, I absolutely loved the portrayl of Mary and the spiralling out of control type narrative.

At times the storyline is both dark and disturbing, while being hard to swallow. You can feel yourself being sucked into Mary’s Alice like rabbit hole of suspiscion and justice. The concept is deliciously bold and attention gripping as the storyline melts into horrifying relevations throughout into a razor sharp climax. At less than 300 pages, Worst Case Scenario is a compelling little noir number that should be pared with a bag of popcorn, especially sweet to help the shock as the drama unfolds.

Helen Fitzgerald has created a brilliantly written novel, in which she has injected a narrative that is not quite like anything I’ve read before in contemporary fiction. You’d be silly to miss out!

Until next time,
Happy reading!

Categories Blog Tours, Book reviewTags

1 thought on “#Throwback of Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald @FitzHelen @OrendaBooks #WorstCaseScenario #Orentober

  1. Thanks so much for the blog tour support Danielle x

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started
%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close