The Brightest Star in the Sky – Marian Keyes

Title: The Brightest Star in the Sky
Author: Marian Keyes
ISBN: 9780670021406
Pages: 480
Release Date: January 21, 2010
Publisher: Viking Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Summary:

In her latest novel, Marian Keyes focuses on the residents of an apartment building in Dublin.  There’s Katie and her workaholic boyfriend Conall, who always seems to put his job first.  Matt and Maeve appear to have the perfect relationship on the surface, but there are serious cracks underneath their facade.  Lydia appears to be horrible at first glance, but there really is method behind her madness, while Fionn is crashing at his foster mother’s place while filming a new gardening show.  All of these people’s lives intersect unexpectedly as they go about their daily lives in The Brightest Star in the Sky.

Review:

Marian Keyes is one of the giants of the chick lit world.  Her books are snarky and witty, while also being incredibly emotional narratives that really draw the reader into the story.  Her characters are larger than life, expertly drawn.  The reader becomes invested in their lives – all will not be right in the world if Keyes’ characters don’t get their happy endings.  Her latest books have actually been straying away from chick lit territory, creeping closer and closer to contemporary fiction as she tackles such serious subjects as alcoholism, physical abuse, and the death of a spouse.  With The Brightest Star in the Sky, Marian Keyes successfully forges into new territory.

The Brightest Star in the Sky is Keyes’ first book to feature such a large cast of characters.  Though many of her books have multiple narrators, none have quite this many.  Yet Keyes does a wonderful job balancing the book – there are a lot of characters, but never too many.  Keyes doesn’t make it difficult to keep track of who is narrating; she develops each character with her expert craftsmanship, and the reader ends up getting to know each of them intimately.

That being said, The Brightest Star in the Sky is slow-going at the beginning.  It takes awhile to get into the book and to find the appeal in each of the characters.  Keyes definitely works her magic in this novel, but it can take a little while to come together.  As a result, if you’re looking for a fast paced book, this might not be for you.

The aspect that elevates The Brightest Star in the Sky from ordinary to extraordinary is the ending.  Keyes brings all the narratives together to a shocking conclusion with some incredibly unexpected revelations.  The ending really makes the entire book worth reading.  This is a great novel that I definitely recommend – while it may not be for everyone, if you’re in the mood for a solid, light-hearted work of contemporary fiction, I’d pick this one up.

Comments

  1. I know of Marian Keyes but have yet to read any of her books. I want to because even though chick lit is not my favorite genre, I plan on reading outside of my ‘comfort zone’ this year. Going by your review though I think I maybe should read her other books before I get to this one. Although, that shocking ending is really tempting.

  2. I know of Marian Keyes but have yet to read any of her books. I want to because even though chick lit is not my favorite genre, I plan on reading outside of my ‘comfort zone’ this year. Going by your review though I think I maybe should read her other books before I get to this one. Although, that shocking ending is really tempting.

  3. I love Marian Keyes and I’ve read all of her books except this one. I just reserved it at the library this week!

  4. I love Marian Keyes and I’ve read all of her books except this one. I just reserved it at the library this week!

  5. I love Marian Keyes’ work, so I’m really looking forward to this book. Can’t wait to get it. I’m glad you liked it and gave it such a great review – would have been disappointed to find out the book wasn’t that good. Thanks for the post! Cheers!!

  6. I love Marian Keyes’ work, so I’m really looking forward to this book. Can’t wait to get it. I’m glad you liked it and gave it such a great review – would have been disappointed to find out the book wasn’t that good. Thanks for the post! Cheers!!

  7. I haven’t read any Marian Keyes, but this novel sounds like a good one to start with. Thanks!

  8. I haven’t read any Marian Keyes, but this novel sounds like a good one to start with. Thanks!

  9. I’m wondering why I’ve never read any of Marian Keyes’ work. I really want to after that review!

  10. I’m wondering why I’ve never read any of Marian Keyes’ work. I really want to after that review!

  11. I’ve never read Keyes either. Humm. I like the Dublin setting and the hint of the surprise ending.

  12. I’ve never read Keyes either. Humm. I like the Dublin setting and the hint of the surprise ending.

  13. I’m actually right in the middle of this one right now, and agree that it takes a bit of time to develop a relationship with the story and characters…because there are so many of them! I’m really enjoying her writing style though. Glad to see other reviews going up about this one!

  14. I’m actually right in the middle of this one right now, and agree that it takes a bit of time to develop a relationship with the story and characters…because there are so many of them! I’m really enjoying her writing style though. Glad to see other reviews going up about this one!

  15. I am a big fan of Marian Keyes – looking forward to this one. I still have to read This Charming Man but will move onto this after that! Thanks for the review!

  16. I am a big fan of Marian Keyes – looking forward to this one. I still have to read This Charming Man but will move onto this after that! Thanks for the review!

  17. I never read anything by her either. I use to stay away from chick lit, but since i’ve started blogging I think differently. I’ll need to check out her stuff.

  18. I never read anything by her either. I use to stay away from chick lit, but since i’ve started blogging I think differently. I’ll need to check out her stuff.

  19. I love Marian Keyes, although the mixed reviews I’ve seen for this book has made me somewhat hesitant to pick it up. So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  20. I love Marian Keyes, although the mixed reviews I’ve seen for this book has made me somewhat hesitant to pick it up. So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  21. I really enjoyed this book! I was really involved with the characters and it kept me guessing. I am about to do my review in fact. Thanks for yours!

    Courtney

  22. I really enjoyed this book! I was really involved with the characters and it kept me guessing. I am about to do my review in fact. Thanks for yours!

    Courtney

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