Witty, Engaging and Full of Secrets: A Review of Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

Witty, Engaging and Full of Secrets: A Review of Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

The new classic from the queen of contemporary fiction.

The Caseys are one of those families. They are glamorous, well known, social, fun. They’re the family everyone wants to be a part of. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, along with their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together. There are never more than a few months between birthday parties, anniversaries, holidays to Italy – almost any excuse for a get together. And of course, they are all happy – Johnny’s wife, Jessie insists on it. And she’s the one who pays for everything so she must be right.

Everything stays under control until Ed’s wife Cara, gets concussed before Johnny’s birthday party. One careless remark is made at the party, with the entire family present, and soon all their secrets are spilling out. Because under the glamorous and well-kept surface of the Casey family, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much…

A brand-new book from the Number One bestselling author of The Break and The Woman Who Stole My Life, Marian Keyes has created an epic family drama. Grown Ups is perfectly executed, with polished prose and a plot that is tight and keeps you involved. Written with the reveal of secrets in the first chapter, you’re then taken “six months earlier” and get to watch the devolution of the family in slow motion. From lies to secret rendezvous’, eating disorders to affairs, addictions to financial issues, nothing is as it seems and everyone is walking on eggshells.

Keyes has brilliantly tapped into the family dynamics with this book. She has the master skill of making a family’s day-to-day lives seem interesting and worth reading about! You could be walking into the Casey extended family gathering yourself, the way that Keyes includes you in the story. She treats sensitive issues delicately, giving them the space they need, while also writing lines of pure comic genius and scenes of heartbreaking truth.

While there are many characters to keep track of, and many points of view, these just add to the crazy nature of the family, and fill out the book to perfection. It wouldn’t be the same without knowing all the names of the kids! Full of drama, love, heartbreak, comedy and friendship, Grown Ups is the book to read when you want further proof that being a grown up can sometimes just be really hard – and no one really knows what they’re doing! It is witty, engaging and completely readable. You’ll be inexorably drawn in. Keyes is a brilliant writer and I can’t wait to read more from her.

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            Publisher details

            Grown Ups
            Author
            Marian Keyes
            Publisher
            Penguin
            Genre
            Fiction
            Released
            04 February, 2020

            Synopsis

            The new classic from the queen of contemporary fiction.A brand-new book from the Number One bestselling author of The Break and The Woman Who Stole My Life.They're a glamorous family, the Caseys.Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together - birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they're a happy family. Johnny's wife, Jessie - who has the most money - insists on it.Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . .Everything stays under control until Ed's wife Cara, gets concussion and can't keep her thoughts to herself. One careless remark at Johnny's birthday party, with the entire family present, starts Cara spilling out all their secrets.In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it's time - finally - to grow up?
            Marian Keyes
            About the author

            Marian Keyes

            Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of WatermelonLucy Sullivan is Getting MarriedRachel's HolidayLast Chance SaloonSushi for BeginnersAngelsThe Other Side of the StoryAnybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Mystery of Mercy Close and The Woman Who Stole My Life. She has also published two collections of journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet and Saved by Cake, an extremely honest account of her battle with depression and how baking helped her. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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