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The lives of four very different women have been shaped--and battered--by one charming man. . . .
Ireland's debonair politician Paddy de Courcy--the John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin--has captured tabloid headlines and the imagination of his country with his charm and charisma. But the crushed hearts he's left behind him reveal more about his character than his winning, votegetting smile. Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia have all suffered from his selfishness and cruelty. But with Paddy's political star ascending, the time is finally ripe for redemption . . . and perhaps a bit of revenge.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 843 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 578 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint Edition (March 17, 2009)
- Publication Date : March 17, 2009
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0010SGQJ0
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- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #316,697 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The novel deals with some really heavy themes: domestic abuse, depression, alcoholism--and handles them all well. Marnie's story in particular is a lesson in unreliable narration, and the revelation is like a never-ending trainwreck for her, her sister Grace, and the reader. Despite that, she remains sympathetic. There are other mysteries that unfold--like what's going on with Paddy, who's being abused, and who the cross-dresser (not transexual!) who shows up to Lola's girl's night is.
I finished this book this morning, almost 3 whole weeks after purchasing it and starting it.
I'm not a speed reader by any means, or trying to show off but...a typical Keyes (or similar style) book usually takes me a couple days, maybe a weekend afternoon if I'm not distracted by anything else.
I enjoyed the book overall, and was intrigued at first by the unidentified victim in the between-chapter sections. As I read, I found that I really enjoyed Grace's storyline and read through Marnie's at a quick clip, wanting to learn more about her difficulties. I thought that Keyes did an excellent job with these two characters specifically - I wanted to learn more and more about them and had a hard time stopping in the middle of their segments.
But then there's Lola. Oh, Lola. PLEASE don't make me read a narration that sounds like a junior high girl. I thought for a moment that my Kindle had accidentally downloaded "Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging" or something. (I did love those books, however, but that is when I want to read something super-light and entertaining, not in the middle of a novel!)
It was actually really hard to read the entirety of Lola's segments, which has been mentioned and pinpointed by lots of other reviewers here. I don't feel so bad now for my own dislike of those sections! I agree with a previous poster who said Keyes seemed to be trying to be TOO hip and TOO modern with Lola and her style of writing for those sections. I skipped over loads of "dialogue" and was only entertained during the stories about the town and townspeople, not Lola's random stream-of-consciousness rambling.
All in all, the book was a good read and I'm glad I found it. I did feel the ending was contrived and a bit too "wrapped up in a bow" for me, and for the readers who say that it was too long, I disagree. I think it would have benefited from more details post-showdown with Paddy and I, for one, would love to read another story involving Grace and Marnie.
But PLEASE no more Lola.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is written in stunted text speak, and as such the story does not flow. Lola's story line was a painful read and unbelievable.
I would not recommend .