The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes

I can’t remember reading a Marian Keyes book  I didn’t enjoy.  So it was with great joy that I found The Brightest Star in the Sky sitting in my box at work on hold for me.  I read it so long ago that this will be a short review.

Rather than focusing on one character in this novel, Keyes tells the stories of a group of inhabitants of an apartment building.  This storytelling style worked really well because switching from storyline to storyline really kept me turning the pages.  The main story is between Maeve and Matt, who seem to be the perfect couple, but are struggling with a secret that is crippling their marriage.  Their story was very powerful and poignant in typical Keyes fashion.  Katie and Conall have a more lighthearted plot that helps to keep the book from being too heavy.  They are a couple who can’t quite seem to meet in the middle, and their journey is interesting to read.  I won’t go through and list all of the characters in the novel since it has quite a large cast, but these two stories are the backbone of the plot.

There was a bit of a supernatural element in this book that I didn’t care for.  It didn’t really mesh well with the story and felt a bit cheesy.  The ending of the book seemed a bit contrived due to this element, but don’t let that stop you from reading this novel.  Keyes is a master of storytelling, and this is just one small element of the story.

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