The Revenge List by Hannah Mary McKinnon
Thriller | Mystery Thriller
While in anger management, Frankie makes a list of individuals who have wronged her over the years. But when each of those individuals encounters “accidents” — increasing in severity — Frankie begins questioning whether something else is going on.
The Revenge List has an addictive story and a highly entertaining premise. Similar to Hannah Mary McKinnon’s last book, Never Coming Home, this novel follows a highly flawed character who finds herself in amusingly dangerous situations.
The main character Frankie’s first response to various situations is usually explosive anger. While this might usually make for an unlikable character, Frankie was a lot of fun to read about. She is feisty and fierce and completely grows on you. Her hot-headedness gets her into all sorts of scrapes and trouble, and while there is a darker edge to the plot, the book maintains its comedic flair throughout.
Over the course of the novel we slowly learn Frankie’s personal history and the root of her anger, as well as the reasons she wrote each of the names on her list. While I found the twists fairly predictable as a whole, the premise was intriguing and the plot fast-paced. McKinnon’s writing always draws me in and never fails to provide an engaging, page-turning read.
I will say that there were quite a few elements of this story that stretched believability — but I don’t mind that in a good thriller. What I’m looking for most of all is an exciting journey, and this definitely provided that. While the final page/twist was easy to foresee, I’m hoping that means we might get a sequel to this one. All I can say is that this reader would be more than happy to see Frankie again!
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About the book:
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.