THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY by Marian Keyes [Review]

The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes

I always look forward to a new book from Marian Keyes and her latest, The Brightest Star in the Sky, was no different. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the book, which tells the story of the residents of 66 Star Street in Dublin. Uncharacteristically for Keyes, there’s a supernatural twist as the story is narrated by a mysterious being that can see into each apartment. On the ground floor we have Matt and Maeve, a young married couple who are in love but seem to be hiding a big secret. Jemima, a wise old woman with a huge dog, lives on the second floor. Next are Andrei and Jan, two Polish men who rent their small second bedroom to “evil pixie” Lydia. On the top floor is Katie, a 40-year-old woman who works in public relations and is struggling in her relationship with workaholic boyfriend, Conall. As the narrator slowly discovers bits of information about each tenant, the reader pieces together their stories and it becomes obvious that, beneath the surface, everyone’s lives are more complicated than they appear.

In The Brightest Star in the Sky Keyes displays her talent for telling stories that are fun yet go to some pretty dark places. She tackles serious issues in the book, but it’s perfectly balanced by her humor and wit. The Brightest Star in the Sky is a character-driven novel and I think it works because the characters are so vividly drawn and relatable. I was really rooting for each of them and I love when a book can draw me in like that. I admit I was confused at the beginning, trying to figure out who or what the narrator is and why the book starts at Day 61 and counts down to Day 1, but if you just go with it, eventually it will all make sense. The Brightest Star in the Sky is funny and engaging and I recommend it to anyone looking for a story that will make you both laugh and cry.

Quotes from The Brightest Star in the Sky:

A well-balanced child will always get a home, but it’s the poor damaged ones who really need it.

There were lots of things she had wanted once upon a time: to be a size 8; to be fluent in Italian; to hear that Brad had got back with Jennifer. None of those things had come to pass but she’d survived.

It was highly unusual for a man to reach the age of forty-two (as Conall had) without having accidentally got married. Even a commitment-dodger as nimble as George Clooney had a failed marriage lurking somewhere in his past.

“See that one.” He pointed toward a pinprick of intense light. “That’s the planet Venus. It’s not actually a star at all.”
“Would you credit it? It looks just like a star. Only brighter.”
“The brightest star in the sky. They call it the planet of love.”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Viking Adult | Pages: 480 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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