I am thrilled to be a part of the huge International Women’s Day Book Festival with Zooloos Book Tours and Spellbound Books. This is my first of three stops on the tour and I can’t wait to share my review for; Shit Happens by Eileen Wharton.
About the Book
Shit Happens by Eileen Wharton.
Rose Starling, abused wife, is living on benefits with her three children on an estate in a small town near Newcastle. Trying to keep one step ahead of the tallyman she dances in the shadows of various illegal dealings.
She’s got problems though when bits of her ex-husband keep turning up in different places and the slimey DI Savage seems to be bending the evidence to link her to the murder.
Adding to her troubles, she has to work in a topless bar to make ends meet and she’s being pressured into taking a “ job” for hard as nails Vera Devlin from the estate.
Desperate to extricate herself from the mess, she breaks into her old marital home to find the diary of her dead husband, setting off an explosive chain of events.
Set against a backdrop of Northern council estate life, this fast-paced, gritty, humorous novel exemplifies the problems caused by poverty, piles and unruly children.
This is a hard-hitting, incredibly honest and gripping story of a woman who is down on her luck and fighting the world to provide for her children, which is cleverly entwined with the gruesome killing of Rose’s husband – but did she do it?
This isn’t usually the type of book I normally read but something about it intrigued me enough to ignore my toppling TBR pile and add yet another book to it, I only just managed to read it in time for my stop on the tour – literally on the wire and then it’s taken me all of this time to write the review, I think me rushing to finish on time took a little of the shine of my overall enjoyment, but then again if this wasn’t as fast-paced as it ended up being I doubt I would have finished it on time – being a ridiculously slow reader, so the pacing is a huge thumbs up from me.
This really appealed to me I could relate so much to parts of the story, having grown up (and still living on) a council estate, having to scrimp and scrape for every penny and watching my parents tear the living room apart for any loose change for a simple loaf of bread.
The story is full of drama, you feel for Rose her very existence and her hardships tugs at the heartstrings and her determination to keep her head above water is inspiring. No matter the choices she makes along the way you know she has the very best intentions at heart, she does what she needs to do and she does it for her children, to eradicate the constant threat of losing their home and of poverty which is an ever-present shadow in the corner, plus not to mention the looming threat of being charged with the shits (or in other words her husband) murder.
Shit Happens – which is the perfect title for the story – is part gritty drama, part black comedy with some serious subjects thrown in to mix things up. It’s oddly engrossing and a little rough around the edges which will leave you thinking of what you would do if you were in Rose’s position, plus will have you sitting on the edge of your seat with the ongoing murder mystery.
About the Author
Eileen Wharton is an Oscar winning actress, Olympic gymnast, and Influencer. She also tells lies for a living. Her first novel was published in 2011 to worldwide critical acclaim. And she’s won awards for exaggeration. It did top the Amazon humour chart so she’s officially a best-selling author. She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty-three to fourteen years of age, and has no plans to procreate further, much to the relief of the local schools and police force. She lives on a council estate in County Durham. She has never eaten kangaroo testicles, is allergic to cats and has a phobia of tinned tuna. She’s retired from arguing with people on the internet.
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Follow the Tour
A quick thank you to Zoe at Zooloos Book Tours and Spellbound books for the invite to this book festival.