Book Review – Marian Keyes – The Brightest Star in the Sky – Book 3 of 100 before I’m 40

Hurray – finally I have completed number 3 in my list of books to read before I am 40! At this rate I might be better off reading 40 books before I am 100. No, I will plod on …

I am a massive fan of Marian Keyes both reading her books and seeing her on chat shows etc. I never want to get that feeling of being disappointed in one of her books but have to admit that about a quarter of the way through this one, I started to feel a bit jaded. No need to panic though. the book definitely got better as it went on.

The brightest star in the sky is a long book at 612 pages and I do feel like I have been reading it for ages – If I had one request it would be that the book be a little shorter.

The stories are set in a Georgian house that has been turned into flats. I did take a while to get to know the characters in each flat as it was very ‘short story-ish’.

My favourite characters were Matt & Maeve that I thought were really well thought through and had depth to their characters. I felt both Lydia and Katie changed as the book went on – they both started off very feisty but were less so by the end.

This is a book that got some depth to it – it is not a read and completely switch off book. I don’t want to give any spoilers but need to warn that there is a scene towards the end that makes for difficult reading.

Overall, I would give The Brightest Star in the Sky a 3 out of 5.

Now onto Water for Elephants which from the feedback I have heard from others should be a fascinating read.


  1. says

    I love Marian Keyes!! I haven’t read this one, must get it out of the library. :) And I have heard lots about Water for Elephants too, you will have to let us know what it is like.

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