Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review of "The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady"

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by 

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Source: Doubleday Publishing
Recommended to Adults

From goodreads: Seventy-seven-year-old Marylou Ahearn is going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs come hell or high water. In 1953, he gave her a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences.

Marylou has been plotting her revenge for fifty years. When she accidentally discovers his whereabouts in Florida, her plans finally snap into action. She high tails it to hot and humid Tallahassee, moves in down the block from where a now senile Spriggs lives with his daughter’s family, and begins the tricky work of insinuating herself into their lives. But she has no idea what a nest of yellow jackets she is stum­bling into.

Before the novel is through, someone will be kidnapped, an unlikely couple will get engaged, someone will nearly die from eating a pineapple upside-down cake laced with anti-freeze, and that’s not all . . .

Rachel's Thoughts: This was definitely for mature readers, and this book was much darker than the back cover made it seem. Obviously the title character is going to be a bit intense, but other events in the book are adult themed as well.

It was full of wonderful oddballs; I think the amazing characters are what kept me reading. They are not perfect-very far from it- but for some reason we love them and care about what will happen next.
In the end we learn that life is about forgiving others and finding out what really makes us happy is family and people we love.


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