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This Charming Man by [Keyes, Marian]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 344 customer reviews

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It takes real talent to make a reader laugh and cry . . . the story will stay with you long after you've read the last page (Heat )

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The lives of four very different women have been shaped and battered by one charming man. . . .

Ireland's debonair politician Paddy de Courcy the "John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin" has captured tabloid headlines and the imagination of his country with his charm and charisma. But the crushed hearts he's left behind him reveal more about his character than his winning, votegetting smile. Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia have all suffered from his selfishness and cruelty. But with Paddy's political star ascending, the time is finally ripe for redemption . . . and perhaps a bit of revenge."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2613 KB
  • Print Length: 579 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9DN8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 344 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I do like Marian Keyes books and tend to slip them in between more heavy going reads as they are quick, light hearted, fun and always leave you smiling.

This book was quite a surprise with it dark subjects and the little snippets between chapters were surprisingly menacing. I enjoyed it throughly and loved that there were twists and surprises in the plot as a lot of 'chick-lit' has become very formulaic and predictable these days.

A difficult subject well handled and well written. A very good read.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read all of Marian Keyes books and loved them, but i was completely drained by the time i finished this one. The themes of addiction and domestic violence are dealt with very well and depict the horrific consequences of both. The story is told by four women who are all connected in some way to a politician the 'Charming Man. The four women's stories are interwoven to some extent and each relate their 'story' in their own way. I found the way the book was written(through the different characters and different writing styles) quite demanding, although interesting and clever it is not a relaxing book to read and not one to read if you want cheering up. There is some light heartedness which is told through Lola's unusual diary entries and i won't spoil it but i did laugh out loud at some of the images the words created. It is a bit of a departure from the 'normal' Marian Keyes but brave of her to try something a little different.
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Format: Hardcover
As the synopsis says: "Four very different women. One awfully charming man. And the dark secret that binds them all . . " That pretty much sums up this page-turner by Marian Keyes, author of WATERMELON and SUSHI FOR BEGINNERS. Her latest novel is just as good--if not even better--than these previous efforts.

True, this novel has a gritter side and is more disturbing and deals with more "real life" issues than WATERMELON or some of her other efforts, but it's still packed with fun and frolic. There are moments that are hilarious paired with moments that will take your breath away. Such is as it should be with any good novel.

It would be virtually impossible to tell the story here without ruining it, but suffice it to say that Keyes is one of those writers (much like Kinsella) who knows how to craft a novel from start to finish. Unlike a lot of books that fall apart at the end, THIS CHARMING MAN goes straight for the finish line and then some.

My only complaint: I couldn't put it down and it TOTALLY disrupted my life. Would also recommmend the Kinsella novel REMEMBER ME? and the novel of great fun BARRING SOME UNFORESEEN ACCIDENT. Both are great, but THIS CHARMING MAN takes the cake.
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Format: Paperback
Wow. I read this book having never delved into a Marian Keyes before. I'm very glad I tried it.
This book covered so many important issues from every day life, including domestic violence and alcoholism, but without becoming too depressing. There were so many injections of humour to the story that it was impossible for it to get too dark. The balance of seriousness and realistic humour was absolutely perfect.
Using four different points of view, Keyes manages to tell a very rounded story, with insight into what a lot of characters are thinking. Though at first the switching between characters can be slightly confusing, it's easy to get used to, and after a while you become thankful for the change of scene.
Look out for Lola's entries, I found them both the most interesting and the most funny. There were so many things that she said that had me laughing out loud, yet she was still vulnerable and showed how much she had been hurt.
Overall this book gets a 10/10 from me for being completely entertaining and not once giving me reason to stop reading. It had me hooked from the very first page and I found it very difficult to stop reading and either get up off the couch and go to work or, at night, switch off the light and go to sleep. If you like staying up till all hours lost in fiction, I highly recommend This Charming Man. You haven't truly enjoyed a book until you've read it.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge Marian Keyes fan and agree that this is a departure from her usual frothy style. But I loved the gritty subject matter and her refusal to shy away from tough issues. Let's face it, her previous books have also dealt with death, adultery and violence so this shouldn't be such a shock to the diehard froth fans. It's great to see a writer take a risk and extend her style instead of rehashing the same stuff (are you listening, Maeve Binchy?!). Really enjoyed this.
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Format: Paperback
What I love about Marian Keyes' books are the fast pace. This one didn't disappoint although to read some of the other reviews quite a lot of people don't agree with me. I have to say the book has a dark quality, but, contrary to other comments, I did have laugh out loud moments, especially when Lola visits Knockavoy (via the famed Kildare By-pass of course). I liked the way she differentiates between the four women's stories by changing each chapter to suit. As the story unfolds, the total horror of the women's situations becomes apparent, all at the hands of Paddy de Courcy, the common denominator in all their stories. Everyone one of them has some dark secret past with This Charming Man, and when the end comes for him, you can't help but laugh at his bewilderment.
Keyes always keeps you hooked until the end, and this book is no exception. Very satisfying.
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