They’re a glamorous family, the Casey’s. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful talented wives, and all of their kids spent a lot of time together. They’re a happy family. Johnny’s wife, Jessie, who has the most money insists on it. But under the surface conditions are murkier. While some people clash, others like each other far too much. Everything stays under control until Ed’s wife Cara gets a 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 of their secrets. In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults find themselves wondering if it’s time-finally- to grow up.
Everyone needs to read this book. Absolutely nobody on this planet writes like Marian Keyes. She just finds the perfect balance between humour and serious topics- it’s amazing. There are a lot of characters in this book, each with their own stories and it’s just told so well. With the amount of characters it would have been easy to become confusing, but it never did. My favourite story was probably Cara’s. It was such a serious story and it was dealt with so realistically and they didn’t over complicate the story either. It was a sensitive story and I was so impressed with how it was dealt with. I also loved Nell’s story. For me, hers was a story of growth. I think many people will relate to her situation and I really liked the humour which was put into a serious story. The book starts with Johnny’s birthday dinner and we see the start of Cara’s revelations. The story then goes back a few months and we see the build up to the dinner. I think this was a good way to tell the story and we gradually found out each person’s ‘secret’ and their true feelings. For me, there is nothing quite like a Marian Keyes book. Her books bring much needed joy, and I’m already looking forward to her next book. @marian_keyes