Saturday 17 February 2024

Book ~ "The Revenge List" (2023) Hannah Mary McKinnon

From Goodreads ~ The people in Frankie Morgan’s life say she’s angry. Emotionally stunted. Combative. But really, who can blame her? It’s hard being nice when your clients are insufferable, your next-door neighbor is a miserable woman and the cowardly driver who killed your mother is still out living it up somewhere.

Somehow, though, she finds herself at her very first anger-management group session - drinking terrible coffee and learning all about how “forgiveness is a process.”

One that starts with a list.

Frankie is skeptical. A list of everyone who’s wronged her in some way over the years? More paper, please. Still, she makes the pointless list - with her own name in a prominent spot - and promptly forgets about it ... until it goes missing. And one by one, the people she’s named start getting hurt in freak accidents, each deadlier than the last.

Could it be coincidence giving her the revenge she never dared to seek ... or something more sinister?

If Frankie doesn’t find out who’s behind it all, she might be next.

Frankie works for her father in his construction business. She has a bad temper and her father finally has enough and tells her she has to get anger management training or else. She goes to the first meeting and the assignment is to make a list of everyone who has wronged you. No problem ... her list includes people from her past and present. She throws the list out when she gets home but then goes looking for it when accidents start happening to people on the list. She wonders whether it's a coincidence and if it's not, who is doing it. In the meantime, she starts to receive sunflowers (her favourites) left anonymously at her door and her brother's young daughter needs immediate medical attention.

I've read and liked a few books by this author but I thought this one was dumb and I didn't like it. Frankie is an adult and has a wicked temper ... she knows she has a wicked temper ... yet she keeps freaking out and doing stupid things and gets arrested. Her father has had enough yet she still lashes out at him. I found Frankie unrealistic and unlikable. She quickly thinks she figures out who is behind it and confronts them many times. The whodunnit came out of nowhere and I wasn't buying it.

It's written in first person perspective in Frankie's voice. As a head's up, there is swearing.

No comments: