The Revenge List by Hannah Mary McKinnon | Review

The Revenge List | Hannah Mary McKinnon | MIRA | Pub: May 23, 2023 | Pages: 368

You never know what you’re going to get with a Hannah Mary McKinnon book, and this one isn’t any different! 

The plot was clever and original. Frankie, who is in her early 30s and works for her father's construction company, has been sent to an anger management program. Her primary motivation for joining the program was due to a “dispute” with a customer. Frankie maintains that he harassed her sexually as there was no witness, it became a classic "he said, she said" situation. Not even her own father seemed to believe her. He apologized immediately to their valued customer by sending his daughter to the program.

Due to an exercise during Anger Management, she compiles a list of those she needs to forgive in order to move on, including her harassing client, the bully from high school, her college rival, a mysterious man named Adrian Costas who wrecked her life, her annoying neighbour, her backstabbing coworker, her father (for whom she has undoubtedly been harbouring resentment for a long time), her counsellor Geraldine, another enigmatic man named Shay, and the hit-and-run driver who took her mother’s life. 

After writing her “Revenge List” she goes to a coffee shop and then loses her notebook, which contained her list. Frankie then starts to notice bad incidents happening to the people on her list.

It wouldn't be a Hannah Mary McKinnon book without a twist ending! I did saw it coming from a mile away, but I feel that’s because I know Hannah now! (haha)

My only small issue was I couldn’t relate to Frankie, and I was constantly stuck between hating her and being annoyed, to feeling a tiny bit of empathy for her. It was a bit confusing for me. I also didn’t love many of the other characters.

Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.

I’ve seen great reviews about this book, and I was excited to read it. It’s about an angry woman who makes a forgiveness list during her anger management therapy session. The list goes missing shortly after it’s written, and tragedies suddenly starts happening to people on her list. Frankie is set on finding out who the culprit is before it’s too late.

I kept waiting to be swept away, but it did not happen. The only reason I kept reading was because I wanted to know who the suspect was, and what the reason was. I could not connect to the main character, who seemed too quick to pinpoint her accusations on one person. It seemed like she was going in circles, and I got bored. She was very aggressive and rude, which ended up annoying me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for my digital ARC in exchange for a review. As always, my reviews are my own and unbiased opinions.


They say life flashes before your eyes when you’re about to die. But all she could see was regret.

The people in Frankie Morgan’s life say she’s angry. Emotionally stunted. Combative. But really, who can blame her? It’s hard being nice when your clients are insufferable, your next-door neighbor is a miserable woman and the cowardly driver who killed your mother is still out living it up somewhere.

Somehow, though, she finds herself at her very first anger-management group session—drinking terrible coffee and learning all about how “forgiveness is a process.”

One that starts with a list.

Frankie is skeptical. A list of everyone who’s wronged her in some way over the years? More paper, please. Still, she makes the pointless list—with her own name in a prominent spot—and promptly forgets about it…until it goes missing. And one by one, the people she’s named start getting hurt in freak accidents, each deadlier than the last.

Could it be coincidence giving her the revenge she never dared to seek…or something more sinister?

If Frankie doesn’t find out who’s behind it all, she might be next.

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