My love for Marian Keyes’ books has grown massively over the past few months, especially the Walsh Family Novels. I love the way that all of the books link together, but at the same time they can be read in any order and you don’t even need to read all of them.
Anybody Out There? was my initial introduction to this series of books. It’s taken me a while to write this review because I wasn’t too sure how to say what I wanted to say, but I think I’m there now.
I loved this so much. At first, I was doubtful because I’m very hesitant when it comes to longer books. I prefer books that I can read quickly to being stuck with a single one for a while. But I didn’t seem to even feel stuck with this.
I really loved all of the characters. I think Anna is brilliant and I loved that the novel took a good focus on her fight with her image after an accident which left her scarred. It was so interesting to read about the way she was treated afterwards, especially since she worked for a cosmetics company. It was easy to fall in love with Anna, and I found myself cheering her along the whole time.
The novel also focuses on grief, which is quite hard to read. It’s absolutely horrible to see how the loss of Anna’s partner has left her, and it really made me feel for her.
This book was amazing, and I would happily read it over and over. I think the focus on body image really makes it an important read.
Paperback, 624 pages, published by Penguin, £7.99