The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady
This lively, intricately plotted, laugh-out-loud funny, and surprisingly touching family drama combines the wit of Carl Hiaasen with the southern charm of Jill McCorkle. Seventy-seven-year-old Marylou Ahearn is going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs come hell or high water. In 1953, he gave her a... show more
This lively, intricately plotted, laugh-out-loud funny, and surprisingly touching family drama combines the wit of Carl Hiaasen with the southern charm of Jill McCorkle. 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 . . . Told from the varied perspectives of an incredible cast of endearing oddball characters and written with the flair of a native Floridian, this dark comedy does not disappoint.
Publish date: February 8th 2011
Pages no: 334
Edition language: English
This book took me 4.5 months to read. 77 year old Marylou decides to kill the doctor who she blames for the premature death of her daughter. Marylou was given radioactive material while she was pregnant as part of a secret government and her daughter died at 8 from cancer. So 50 years later Marylo...
This book was awful. I don't mean kind of awful, I mean if I could give it a negative rating I would do so. I thought the premise and the cover were interesting, but I should know not to judge a book...This felt like an out of touch old lady trying to be cute and writing a story that she felt would...
3.5 stars. A pretty good read. Marylou is a senior citizen hell bent on revenge against Dr. Wilson Spriggs, who tricked her into drinking a radioactive liquid that lead to her daughter's, Helen, premature death at age 8. Years later Marylou (disguising herself) is back and wants Wilson to pay - t...
This is a truly dark tragedy - comedy that explores the goal of one woman who has had her life ruined by a secret government experiment with radioactive material and is bent on destroying the doctor that ruined her life. Well, that is the plan for Marylou Ahern, now using the name Nancy Archer afte...