The Brightest Star in the Sky Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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Marian Keyes' The Brightest Star in the Sky will draw you deep into the lives, loves and hopes of the residents of Star Street . . . And who or what exactly is the mysterious visitor waiting to emerge from the shadows? (from the publisher's description)
Gripping from the start . . . the master at her best (Daily Telegraph)
Our very favourite Keyes novel yet (Heat)
About the Author
Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Mystery of Mercy Close and The Woman Who Stole My Life. Her journalism, collected under two titles, Making It Up As I Go Along and Under the Duvet: Deluxe Edition, containing the original publications Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin.
Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.
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Despite the length my attention was caught pretty much from the beginning where the book started on Day 61 and counted down to Day 0 - so the whole story took place over the course of two months and it featured the lives of everyone living at No. 66 Star Street.
It is a large mix of people and their circumstances were all really different, it is always fascinating to see what goes on behind closed doors in numerous residences at the same time. Also curious to see just how their lives all intersected.
But what captured my interest the most, and what kept me reading and reading to find out more, was just what the omniscient voice was - was it a ghost, a spirit, a figment of someone's imagination, a fly on the wall or all of that and more?
This is a rather clever book that at times will make you laugh, and at others make you want to cry. However of the books I have read by this talented author, it is still the books in the Walsh Family series that are my favourites.
There was just too much to this one, some of the characters took me absolutely ages to warm to, and with the viewpoints changing rapidly I'm just impressed I didn't tend to get them confused as they all had distinct personalities and voices.
There's a lot of variety in this one... the couple who seem perfect but a horrible crime has affected them very deeply, the young taxi driver girl who seems so rough and nasty but actually she's desperately trying to look after her mum, and so on....and various other characters.... this one's a very good read.
Intriguing concept and lots of stuff to mull over and try to second guess, which I like to do.Took me a while to get right into each character but I was still interested enough to persevere ..and to download the book to my kindle,for convenience.
Took me 3 days of my holiday to read, really enjoyable page turner and will leave the book for the next person to enjoy- that will be my act of kindness for the day!
I have read it before and no doubt I'll read it again. Great characters, a good storyline and I'd recommend it to everyone who likes a good read
However, its taken me four weeks so far get through, and some days it is a real effort to turn the pages. I usually read one of her books in a day or two, but I find I literally read one or two pages and just cannot get into it.
I really dont like the narrative in this book. The 'spirit' narrator is almost pointless, to be honest the book would have been better coming from Jemima's point of view, even Grudge could have done a better job!
There are too many characters and not one that you cant wait to hear more about. Im finding Matt and Maeve's story the most interesting of the lot, but they are not exactly gripping.
I wish Marian had written about the Walsh sisters again. Im sure she fancied a change and wanted to do something different, but it just didnt suit her style.
I hope to finish this at some point, but unfortunately its not been happy or enjoyable reading.
I will wait with baited breath for M.K's next book, hoping she decides not to write 'The brightest star in the sky' part two!
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