Friday, 6 April 2012

Book Review: This Charming Man - Marian Keyes

Synopsis - Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married.  But for four women in particular, the big news about the charismatic politician is momentous...

Stylist Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy's marrying because she's his girlfriend,  yet she definitely isn't the bride-to-be...   Journalist Grace wants the inside story on the de Courcy engagement and thinks Lola holds the key...    While Grace's sister Marnie still can't forget her first love: a certain Paddy de Courcy.  And what of the soon-to-be Mrs de Courcy?  Alicia will do anything for her fiancé and is determined to be the perfect wife.  But does she know the real Paddy?

Four very different women.  One awfully charming man.  And the dark secret that binds them all...

Review - For chick lit this was quite a thick book and I must admit I found it quite hard to get through until later on when the story all seemed to come together.  It was written in sections in the voice of Lola, Grace, Marnie and one part dedicated to Alicia.  Lola's story written in a different font and in diary/chat form which was okay once I got used to it.  It took a while to get to the point that not only Lola but Marnie and Grace had had some involvement with Paddy and that he was not the charming character he appeared to be.

I felt that it could have been condensed.  I found the scene setting rather drawn out.  The characters were well rounded and mostly likeable apart from Paddy, Alicia and the rather weak, selfish and pitiable Marnie who got what was coming and not all too soon in my opinion.  Some humour but not roll on the floor laughing variety.    3*
ISBN: 978-0-141-02675-6

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