Anybody Out There? – Marian Keyes

A long-time Marian Keyes fan, naturally I wanted to read this as soon as it came out. Well, with one thing and another, I’ve only just got round to it. But it was worth the wait.

Anybody Out There? features the barmy Walsh family, who’ve been in previous Keyes books. Youngest daughter Anna, a highly successful PR girl for an American cosmetic company meets with a terrible accident, and returns to the bosom of the family in Ireland, to recuperate. What with her nutty mother clucking around, and a random dog-walker forcing her dog to do its business outside the Walsh’s front gate, Anna is going stir crazy. She is desperate to return to the States, back to her job and her beloved husband, Aidan.

However, things aren’t quite what they seem. Aidan doesn’t seem to have contacted Anna, despite the accident. Anna’s sure he’s got a good reason for it, so just concentrates on persuading Mrs Walsh that she’s fit enough to return to America. Soon enough, we find out exactly why her family want her to stay in Ireland, where they can keep their eyes on her.

What a read this was! I know I say this all the time about books of this kind… but this one really was a page turner. It manages to stay interesting, although you don’t find out exactly what happened to Anna until quite far on in the book. It takes even longer to find out why Aidan is no longer keeping in contact with her. You can really sympathise with Anna, and you can see how much she is in love with her husband as she blindly searches for excuses why he hasn’t called. Her confusion is apparent, and she’s the type of character that’s so likeable and believable that you just want to give her a big hug.

Follow Anna’s journey back to normality after a horrific car accident. See as she struggles to get her life back on track, and live with the scars that have mangled her beautiful face, and the stares she attracts. Her strength starts to return to her, along with her confidence, but will Aidan return to her??

Make sure you read this one. It’s lovely, and there are so many twists and turns in the story it’s unbelievable. There are so many books nowadays that I read and see what’s coming. With this one I didn’t. Keyes has written this so you’re kept on the edge all the time, she tells you at the last possible moment, but not dragging it out so much that you get fed up with it. Every chapter and storyline has a purpose. Another corker from the Irish writer.

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