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The Brightest Star in the Sky
Marian Keyes
$32,95, Penguin

The Story

In the top-floor flat lives music exec Katie. She spends her days fighting off has-been rock stars and wondering how much cheesecake you’d need to eat yourself to death.

Below her, a pair of muscular Poles share with a streetwise cabbie named Lydia, who has a sharp tongue, an even sharper brain but some unexpected soft spots.

On the first floor is Fionn – a gardener who prefers the company of parsnips to people. But he looks like a fairy-tale prince and when he’s offered his own television show, he’s suddenly thrust into the limelight.

And at the bottom of the house live Matt and Maeve, who are Very Much In Love and who stave off despair by doing random acts of kindness.

But a mysterious visitor has just landed at 66 Star Street, bringing love, friendship and heartbreak, and a new-found optimism. Old secrets are working their way to the surface and all their lives are about to change in the most unexpected of ways.

SheSaid Says

If you’re anything like me then you’ll agree that a new Marian Keyes book is better than a chocolate ice-cream binge. But in my opinion her last few books have been a little, well, strange. “This Charming Man” was anything but feel-good and the ending left a bitter taste in my mouth as I didn’t feel it was very female empowering.

But you’ll be pleased to know that Marian is back to her best in “The Brightest Star in the Sky”. Admittedly, the beginning is odd but if you persevere you will be rewarded with fantastically complex characters, snappy one-liners, intriguing story lines and some choice swear words such as “Gobshite!” (which I have since adopted!)

The story jumps from one character to another – all of whom are intertwined in some way. It is also narrated by … well, I can’t tell you that because it would spoil the story! But suffice to say the narrator’s identity will keep you guessing to the end.

If you like a good chick lit with female characters who are just like you and some saucy sex scenes thrown in for good measure then it’s safe to reacquaint yourself with Marian again.

By Melissa Ironside

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