"Stay Mad, Sweetheart" is a roller coaster of a ride. It keeps the reader turning the page and questioning the motives of the main characters whilst at the same time being drawn into the action and willing them on.
Laura is a data scientist who absorbs herself in her work. She isn’t a people person and has very few friends. But when her closest friend, Emily, becomes the victim of cyberbullying, Laura commits to tracking down the culprits and bringing them to justice. But pursuing the bullies has to take a back seat to completing the acquisition of the company Laura is co-founder of, by a US firm. It is set to net her a tidy sum, but keeping focussed and working alongside corporate financier Suki, whilst having other things on her mind, makes it hard for Laura to stay on task. Suki, on the other hand, is super-keen to make the acquisition a success to give her a own career a boost. Add in an upcoming annual conference, set to be the stage for a big announcement about the acquisition, and Laura also has Claire to deal with. Claire is Emily’s colleague and it has fallen to her to pick up and salvage the conference in Emily’s absence.
As the three women’s paths collide, each reveals her motives for wanting to overcome the discrimination in her particular workplace. But, as they to work together to achieve their separate aims, things are revealed that change the course of their relationships with one another, and their individual motivations. The stakes are raised as the women plot to bring each of them the justice they feel they deserve.
"Stay Mad, Sweetheart" is a great read and, as I said at the beginning of this review, one where the reader is alternately cheering from the sidelines and then questioning the motives and actions of the characters involved. Should they really go that far? Does what they are achieving justify their actions, or does it go way beyond that into the realm of revenge? To find out what happens, you’ll have to read the book, but I can assure you, it will be worth it!