Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Shit Happens by Eileen Wharton

Sh*t Happens is a laugh out loud funny book. Razor sharp wit and comical descriptions are used to good effect by the author to create a novel that guarantees a chortle a chapter.
The author slowly builds up the story of Rose, a single Mum living on a rough housing estate. When Rose's abusive ex-husband is found brutally murdered she finds herself in the frame for it. The police seem to dog her every step and local hard woman-cum-gangster Vera Devlin is also after Rose for her own mysterious reasons.
The novel is peppered with colourful characters and there is plenty going on to entertain the reader. On just a couple of occasions I felt the humour was overdone and a little obvious. However, at times Wharton's descriptions were crisp and excellently observed and you could see the potential she has for creating gripping and immersive settings.
Overall perhaps a little too long and quite slow going at times but there is plenty of twists and enough going on to keep the reader entertained at all times. An excellent read that I recommend.
Genre:  Crime/Humour
Publisher:  Byker Books
Format:  E-Book
Rating:  4/5

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