Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald – Book Review



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

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.



Mary is a social worker, sharp, sarcastic, wine drinking, menopause ridden and totally wonderful…….human and messed up.

Liam Macdowall has been released from prison on licence. He had killed his wife in a murder suicide bid, but he survived….His daughter, Holly is supporting him….Mary is his parole officer..

Then there’s McKinley, a paedophile and his ‘Emily’……and John Paul O’Donnell a cocaine addict….

After being accused of mis-using the flexitime system….(she’s a flex offender!) she decides it’s time to leave. Husband Roddie has been offered an £80k contract as a colourer-in-er, it’s time to enjoy life.

So she decides to stop biting her tongue and say what she means and gives some truly hilarious moments, but there is also the dark side….her obsession with Macdowall leads to a horrible mistake with heartbreaking consequences.

I loved Mary, a real person and totally relatable …….all those thoughts that have gone through your mind at some time then Mary says out loud.

When she was in her twenties, Mary didn’t think childbirth’d be a big deal, not till she shat ten pounds out of her fanny at twenty-eight.”

This is a thriller with wife killers, abusers, paedophiles and dark humour…..you will laugh out loud and cringe at the same time…..absolutely stunning writing by Helen Fitzgerald and a definite favourite for 2019.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)



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.


‘Helen FitzGerald never, ever disappoints. Worst Case Scenario is simply stunning. Dark, uncompromising, funny, and almost impossible to put down. Mary is one my favourite characters of recent times. Always real, always honest, always superb’ Luca Veste

Very dark, very funny and very original…off-beat but achingly relatable crime fiction’

Susi 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

‘A dark, comic masterpiece which manages to be both excruciatingly tense and laugh out loud funny at the same time. Great stuff!’ Mark Edwards

‘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

‘Oh. My. God. This was just wow. Razor-sharp, smart, shocking, dark, and amazingly executed. I wanna watch Sex and the City with Mary!’ Louise Beech

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