In a recent conversation about Author Marian keyes I said ‘I’ve never read any of her books’ so on recommendation I’ve started with: This Charming Man
At first I couldn’t get into this book, the opening passages are written ‘diary like’ and very disjointed and I did wonder if this was the writer’s usual style, which I didn’t like at all.
I soon realised this was only for the opening character Lola, as the four main characters, all women, each have their own voice (and font).
Written in sections it flows back and forth between the women all connected by ‘the charming man’ politician Paddy De Courcy.
I thought the characters believable and their connection to each other plausible. I mistakenly thought this book was going to be a light read as it begins with Lola, a fashion stylist to the rich and famous of Dublin. It is not a light read, this book covers domestic violence, alcoholism and depression and the harrowing effects on the women’s lives.
I believe this story isn’t typical of a Marian Keyes book and although it’s not my usual read I carried on to the end, despite it’s length (very long).
I liked Lola and Grace especially and I wanted to know what happened to all of the women, and did Paddy get his come-uppance? Well I’ll leave that for you to discover, but the ending was a surprise I hadn’t envisaged and I enjoyed it.
I am going to read another Marian Keyes book as I do think she’s a good story teller, it will probably be her new book The Break, which started my original conversation about this author.