My review of Viral by Helen FitzGerald

What if the worst thing you did went viral…

As soon as I saw the tag line and read the summary of this book I knew it would be one that I wanted to read – I wasn’t disappointed and really enjoyed this book.  It was quite a page turner and you were drawn in and your attention was caught from the first line.

The book blurbSo far, twenty-three thousand and ninety six people have seen me online. They include my mother, my father, my little sister, my grandmother, my other grandmother, my grandfather, my boss, my sixth year Biology teacher and my boyfriend James.

When Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister Su go on holiday together to Magaluf to celebrate their A-levels, only Leah returns home. Her successful, swotty sister remains abroad, humiliated and afraid: there is an online video of her, drunkenly performing a sex act in a nightclub. And everyone has seen it.

Ruth Oliphant-Brotheridge, mother of the girls, successful court judge, is furious. How could this have happened? How can she bring justice to these men who took advantage of her dutiful, virginal daughter? What role has Leah played in all this? And can Ruth find Su and bring her back home when Su doesn’t want to be found?

I enjoyed the main character, Su, but I wasn’t really a big fan of the rest of her family.  The story is good and for me an easy four stars, but I found it a bit far fetched in places so it just misses out on the 5 stars from me. Will be looking forward to more books from Helen in the future, I really enjoyed her writing style.