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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 27 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Sept. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009AE3900
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This is a hard book to review. While it has elements of Marian Keye's brilliant humour, it is also very much a book about depression. I wasn't sure if it was working at first, it didn't feel right to be laughing at Helen's irreverence one moment and then being horrified at the darkness of her moods the next. I think also most people will identify with some of the things she goes through, the anxiety, the fear, the sense of isolation. So for a long time I wished the book would either be a straightforward excellent comedy of the kind Ms Keyes writes so well, or a straightforward book about depression. The slapstick elements of the search for Wayne in particular didn't seem to fit.
However by the end of the book, I was convinced this is actually a work of genius. Both elements are neatly linked at the end and while depression is never trivialised, there is a sense of hope.
I absolutely loved this book. Stay with it and hopefully you will too.
We revisit the Walsh family. As families go, they are probably a bit more screwed up and unusual than most but Ms Keyes never strays beyond the believable. This time it's the turn of Helen, the youngest. Helen has suffered a severe bout of depression in the past and is well on her way - terrified - into a new bout. In most cases, that would suggest a book that was heavy and gloomy. Yet, as always, Ms Keyes manages to combine a realistic and sensitive understanding of emotional problems with a book which is often laugh-out-loud funny and always quite gripping. I never felt dragged down by it, even while I could empathise with Helen's dread and fear. In any event, the descent into depression is interwoven into the main story, a missing persons case, in a way that doesn't detract from the mystery/thriller feel to this main story. Nor are her personal relationships neglected. You live Helen's life with her and it is a well-rounded and complete-feeling book and in that sense is very satisfying - no part is left sketchy and incomplete.
I loved this story for so many different reasons. Helen is a great narrator - she's sarcastic, she doesn't care what people think about her, but she's witty and more importantly, very entertaining. The book itself is quite fast paced - a lot faster than any of the previous four books were - and there's literally not one dull moment. Keyes has never written mysteries or anything like this before but she pulled it off perfectly. She kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish and I literally couldn't tell what was going to happen next.Read more ›
I didn't feel there was much chemistry between Helen and her boyfriend,Artie,but I really enjoyed catching up with the Walshes,and I LOL'd when the Laddz were trying on their swan outfits!
I really loved Helen's Shovel List,a list she keeps in her head of people and things she hates so much she would like to hit them in the face with a shovel. I liked the way she brought depression into the story,and hope that it will help anyone who is going through depression to realise that they are not alone.
I did enjoy the book,and would recommend it,and I'm so glad that Marion's back!
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I been reading Marian Keyes since I was 14/15 (much to the chagrin of my family), and her books have not only got me through some really tough times (thank you, Marian, for... Read morePublished 2 days ago by AA454
For the first time ever I have failed to engage in a Marion Keyes novel I skipped page after page, too boring and depressing. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Catherine Robinson
If this is your first Marian Keyes book then I am really sorry you started with this one. Not sure what the heck the point of this book is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kat Willows
it's always a nice surprise to find a series of books that keep you interested, is well written and not designed for 14 to 24 yr old new readers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by tallulah
I had never read anything by this author and this wasn't a good place to start, but it was in my book club list... I don't think I will ever read M Keyes ever again. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Queen