chick-lit · contemporary · drama · Short Stories

Viral – Helen Fitzgerald ★★★★★

So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety six people have seen me online. They include my mother, my father, my little sister, my grandmother, my other grandmother, my grandfather, my boss, my sixth year Biology teacher and my boyfriend James.

When Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister Su go on holiday together to Magaluf to celebrate their A-levels, only Leah returns home. Her successful, swotty sister remains abroad, humiliated and afraid: there is an online video of her, drunkenly performing a sex act in a nightclub. And everyone has seen it.

Ruth Oliphant-Brotheridge, mother of the girls, successful court judge, is furious. How could this have happened? How can she bring justice to these men who took advantage of her dutiful, virginal daughter? What role has Leah played in all this? And can Ruth find Su and bring her back home when Su doesn’t want to be found?

My Review:
Now I must state this book has received a lot of mixed reviews but, this is my personal review and I loved it! This book needs an award for best opening sentence! It was blunt, straight to the point and had you intrigued. Another point is that stuff like this does happen in the real world and it does ruin lives whether abroad or at home. This is the first book I have read by Helen and it will not be my last. I would have to warn you that it does included a lot of drugs, sex and swearing! But I enjoyed it. Viral is written well, easy to read and I would consider it a short story (253 pages). It may not be to everyone’s taste but I awarded five stars.

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