When a book has you waking up at five in the morning to finish it, you know it’s a good book. It doesn’t happen often to me any more – the last book that did this to me was Outside by Sarah Ann Jukes. And to be quite honest with you, I didn’t expect it from this book.

This one hasn’t been on my TBR too long. I find myself putting off reading Marian Keyes’ books, mainly because I really don’t like how long it takes me to read longer books! I’m much happier with shorter books because there’s less time for me to get bored with it. But I took the dive with this one and it turned out really well!

I was really hesitant at first, and for almost the first two-hundred pages, I was coming close to adding it to my ever-growing DNF pile. I just wasn’t finding it easy to read at all and couldn’t get invested in the plot.


Once the plot began going in circles of Helen not finding Wayne, my brain started screaming ‘WHEN WILL THIS BOOK END?!’. But then… it all surprised me.

I fell in love with Helen as the novel got more and more into her personal life and mental health, and the more frustrated I got with Helen not managing to find Wayne, the more I found myself wanting to find out exactly where he was.

I loved how this linked to Anybody Out There but you don’t have to have read it to understand what is happening with this one – and because of that, I’m desperate to read Rachel’s Holiday.

I was pleasantly surprised with this. Yes, it did take me a while to get into it and manage to enjoy it, but once I did, I was addicted!

If you’re good at reading longer books, this is definitely one for you! However, if you’re like me and struggle with anything that requires an attention span longer than five minutes, it may take you a while to enjoy it!

Rating: 3.75/5

Paperback, 608 pages, published by Penguin, £8.99

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  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this, I love Marian Keyes writing. All the books with the Walsh family in link together slightly, but all are stand alone books too, if that makes sense.

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