Helen FitzGerald

Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of eleven 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. Her 2019 dark-comedy thriller Worst Case Scenario was a Book of the Year in Guardian, Herald Scotland, Literary Review and Telegraph, and chosen as one of the top 40 crime novels published in the last five years by Sunday Times Crime Club. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over fifteen years. She grew up in Victoria, Australia, and now lives in Glasgow with her husband. Her next thriller, Ash Mountain, which centres around the devastating impact of a bushfire in small-town Australia, will be published by Orenda Books in summer 2020.

‘This is a novel driven by feminist anger and a celebration of the unsung, ill-rewarded heroism of social workers. But with its delightful lack of taste – FitzGerald writes like a more focused Irvine Welsh or a less misogynist Philip Roth – it is first and foremost a scandalously rude comic masterpiece’

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

Worst Case Scenario by Helen FitzGerald

A deliciously dark, unapologetically funny, and nail-bitingly tense psychological thriller by the international bestselling author of The Cry.


Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line. Liam Macdowall was imprisoned for murdering his wife, and he’s published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that makes him an unlikely hero – and 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.

‘This is a novel driven by feminist anger and a celebration of the unsung, ill-rewarded heroism of social workers. But with its delightful lack of taste – FitzGerald writes like a more focused Irvine Welsh or a less misogynist Philip Roth – it is first and foremost a scandalously rude comic masterpiece’

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

Helen FitzGerald

Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of eleven 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. Her 2019 dark-comedy thriller Worst Case Scenario was a Book of the Year in Guardian, Herald Scotland, Literary Review and Telegraph, and chosen as one of the top 40 crime novels published in the last five years by Sunday Times Crime Club. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over fifteen years. She grew up in Victoria, Australia, and now lives in Glasgow with her husband. Her next thriller, Ash Mountain, which centres around the devastating impact of a bushfire in small-town Australia, will be published by Orenda Books in summer 2020.

Worst Case Scenario by Helen FitzGerald

A deliciously dark, unapologetically funny, and nail-bitingly tense psychological thriller by the international bestselling author of The Cry.


Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line. Liam Macdowall was imprisoned for murdering his wife, and he’s published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that makes him an unlikely hero – and 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.