4 stars for The Break by Marian Keyes, a novel that manages to be both deeply sad and very funny.
I read Marian Keyes books voraciously around about the time that I was embarking on motherhood and marriage but I haven’t read any of her more recent books until this one. I was not disappointed: there is the great humour she is renowned for, there are fabulous family relationships (Neeve, Sofie and Kiara are beautifully written, sometimes infuriating, characters), and she does not shy away from exploring grief, depression, anger, feelings of inadequacy, infidelity, abortion, and dementia. Of less interest to me, except insofar as it points out the main character’s need for ‘stuff’ to bolster her sense of who she is, there is a great deal of writing on designer labels, from bags to face creams. Did Marian Keyes always write so much about this? Also I don’t remember her writing sex scenes before – these are a bit repetitive and meh. If you can ignore these minor irritations, you might just have a five-star novel.
I received this ebook free from NetGalley and the publisher, Penguin UK – Michael Joseph. UK publication date: 7 September 2017.