I love Marian Keyes, and I was fascinated with the way in which she painted the portrait of a man who wasn't what he appeared. The approach she took was to tell three different womens' stories of their relationship with the same man. If you didn't know from a summary, for a while, you would think this was the most charming man you'd ever met. But the women eventually describe otherwise. Even better, in the process in recounting their relationships with Paddy, who Paddy is, they ultimately tell their own stories. And these were the people worth knowing about. I was especially touched by Marnie's story, and how Paddy influenced it. I didn't give it a higher rating because I will say it was probably longer than it needed to be.
Paddy de Courcy is a politician with the charm and charisma to go far. His fiancee is a perfect political helpmeet. However, there are a number of ex-lovers who have the potential to sabotage his perfect career.
"Charming Paddy de Courcy has ridden smoothly up the ranks of Irish politics, but it hasn't been quite so smooth for the many women who've fallen for him. Told from the perspectives of four such women (including Lola, who learns that boyfriend Paddy is engaged - and not to her - from the press) we learn exactly what kind of man Paddy is. Mixing the chick-lit humour for which she is known with darker themes of depression and domestic abuse, author Marian Keyes offers a quick read with a "stunning, breathless conclusion" (Publishers Weekly)." Fiction A to Z December 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=580458
Don't be fooled by this Harlequin Romance sounding title. This book is about abuse, and how seemingly charming the men who abuse women can be. It is well written and worth the read.
This book wasn't the easiest read. The transitions between one character's voice and another were a bit tough, especially since Keyes chose Lola's voice to be sentence fragments and stunted. As per usual, each character has suffered a level of trauma in their lives that has manifested itself in different ways, including various degrees of depression. Although the characters all get their man, there's also a sense of victory with the downfall of the main protagonist at the very end.
I read 100 pages and stopped. Nothing about this book grabbed my attention. The Author was recommended to me but this book did not make me a fan.
Great book, well worth getting through the start as the end is nail biting!
I found this book a little hard to get into, which is unusual for a Marian Keyes novel. I did enjoy it in the end, though one of the characters spoke in a truly annoying way.
Quite a good read - except for one character, Lola. when reading from her perspective, it was like listening to an idiot. I have no idea what the author was thinking but the character was English born and bred so there was no excuse for her talking like she was from old country. the rest, no problems.
I have to admit I wanted to put the book down a few times. I did not want to keep on reading about this 'so called chaming man' but I decided to see the book to the end and I am glad I did.
This is really the story of the woman who had the misfortune of encountering this charming man and how they grew stronger from it and came into their own. That is what it is really about. That is what one really wants to see - Empowerment.
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