Worst Case Scenario (Paperback)Helen FitzGerald (author)
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`It takes a special kind of evil genius to write crime this dark and make it this funny. I feel like ONLY Helen FitzGerald could have created this book. Shocking, gripping and laugh-out-loud hilarious from the first line to the last. Brilliant' Erin Kelly
`The main character is one of the most extraordinary you'll meet between the pages of a book' Ian Rankin
`Outrageous, extremely funny and ultimately devastating' Ambrose Parry
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.
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.
`I've been a fan of Helen FitzGerald's for a long time now. She never, ever disappoints. WORST CASE SCENARIO is simply stunning. Dark, uncompromising, funny, and almost impossible to put down' Luca Veste
`Dark humour and darker truths permeate a thrilling crime novel that is fabulously transgressive and completely unique. The best-case scenario would be her next novel in my hands right now, because nobody writes like Helen Fitzgerald' Mark Billingham
`Very dark, very funny and very original. Helen Fitzgerald is one of a kind, and a welcome breath of fresh air in the world of off-beat but achingly relatable crime fiction' SJI Holliday
`I'm convinced that Helen FitzGerald is some kind of genius. It's dark, unsettling, shocking and brilliantly funny - often at the same time. It also confirms her as queen of the killer opening line. Loved it' Paul Burston
`Loved it! Helen recalls in me my deep early-20s love affair with Carl Hiassen ... Gloriously dark, deliciously salacious and laugh out loud funny. I lapped this up and didn't want it to end. Fabulous' Amanda Jennings
`This book took me on such a journey and a range of emotions!! Laughing, cringing and hesitant all at the same time. Also very grateful I never became a social worker. Totally gripping and so well written' Madeleine Black
`A dark, comic masterpiece which manages to be both excruciatingly tense and laugh out loud funny at the same time. Great stuff!' Mark Edwards
`Twisted & utterly contemporary, this is pure, unfiltered noir. From that killer opening line to the dark irony of its final scene. You need to read this' Russel McLean
`Worst Case Scenario is a crazy, full-throttle ride, terrifying, hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, with the most vivid and brilliant central character I've read in years' Doug Johnstone
`A seriously fabulous, gritty, and whip-cracking humour filled read ... this is short, sharp storytelling at its very best' Liz Robinson, LoveReading
`This book really was an emotional rollercoaster' Macs Book Reviews
Publisher: Orenda Books
Number of pages: 276
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
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