Review: Anybody out there

Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. Physically broken and emotionally shattered, she lies on her parents’ Dublin sofa with only one thing on her mind: getting back to New York. New York means her best friends, The Most Fabulous Job In The World™ and above all, it means her husband, Aidan.

But nothing in Anna’s life is that simple anymore… Not only is her return to Manhattan complicated by her physical and emotional scars – but Aidan seems to have vanished. Is it time for Anna to move on? Is it even possible for her to move on? A motley group of misfits, an earth-shattering revelation, two births and one very weird wedding might help Anna find some answers – and change her life forever.

Anybody out there by Marian Keyes


My thoughts:

I wanted to read something cheerful and light-hearted. Something different from the death and gore of the murder and thriller books I normally read. So I chose to read this book with some help from my friends on IG. I thought it would be a welcome change. I was wrong. Not that I didn’t enjoy the book but that the main subject matter wasn’t light-hearted at all.

I have read a few Marian Keyes books before including: Angels, Sushi for Beginners and The Last Chance Saloon. I wouldn’t say they were funny but more relatable to my life and my experiences. I also read Watermelon I am vaguely familiar with the Irish family: mom and dad and the five sister’s.

This particular book I found to be incredibly sad and was often reduced to tears.

There are a couple of parts to this story. In the first part of the book Anna is in Ireland with her parents recovering from some intense injuries of which the cause is only revealed later in the book. Just as Anna is trying to pretend that whatever happened didn’t happen so too did I try ignore the fact that something terrible did indeed happen. It was like the author planned it that way.

Even when Anna returns to New York (part two and three) she struggles to come to terms with what happened. She goes through various phases. Of pretending it didn’t happen, to visiting psychics, to cutting everyone off and throwing herself into her work. From daily crying to switching off completely and becoming cold and emotionless. The bereavement process is definitely not an easy one. The way it was told in this book made it real.

There were scattered among the main story line, adjacent stories including her parents antics back home in Ireland, her best friends pregnancy and her sister’s private investigation updates which were ridiculously funny.

The story came full circle and there was closure for most stories within the story and I thought the ending was a good one.

All in all it was a really great read. Difficult to get through at some points and difficult to relate to sometimes. I am glad I read it though as it gave me a lot to think about. It lingered with me for days afterwards.

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