Review: The Last Chance Saloon

Last Change Saloon by Marian Keyes

Best friends since the days when legwarmers were cool, Tara, Katherine, and Fintan have survived small-town ennui, big-city heartbreak, and endless giddy nights out on the town. But now that they’ve graduated to their slightly more serious thirties, only Fintan has what can honestly be called a “love life.” With Tara struggling daily with her eternal diet — and her dreadful, penny-pinching boyfriend — and Katherine keeping her single existence as ordered as her drawer full of matching bra and panty sets, it seems they’ll never locate the exit door out of the “last chance saloon.”But it’s always when you are least ready for change that fate insists on one. And when catastrophe inevitably follows crisis, the lives of three best friends are sure to change in unexpected ways…and not necessarily for the worse. – Source

My thoughts:

I read this book in less than a week during the short break I had from work recently. Considering this was nearly a 600 page book and its been a while since I could actually read a book I think I did a pretty good job; plus it was hard to put down 🙂

When I read the blurb I felt I could relate; I am also in my thirties and I also feel like I am in the Last Chance Saloon; I am not as obsessed with being in a relationship as Tara was but I do feel like I am getting older (and more cynical and bitchy might I add) I also feel like time is running out and soon no one will want to date me either. This horrible fact has been compounded by all the recent engagements of a whole lot of couples I know over the festive season. Not that I am not happy for them; just sad for me.

But back to the book; I found the story line intriguing and sad and realistic. There was a underlying theme of hope that waxed and waned throughout and there was a lot of raw emotion portrayed. There were a lot of egos and mind games and it is crazy to think there are people like Lorcan out there but they do exist and luckily karma is a bitch.

The main problem I have with this author is that it takes a long time to get things going in the story line and it all wraps in a quick dramatic crescendo at the end. There are also always some unanswered questions; things left hanging in the air for the reader to wonder about what what and perhaps to make up their own conclusions about.


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