Challenge prompt: A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it
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?
What I liked:
I love family drama, and this book was rife with it. Family drama is something I enjoy reading a lot, and these people will make any family look normal.
There’s a lot of meaty topics in this book, all of which are dealt with fantastically. Marian is a wonderful writer, and her humour shines through in this book perfectly, while also dealing with some rather dark stuff.
This is quite a long book at over 600 pages, but the pacing is perfect – so much happens with this family you barely notice the pages tick by.
What I didn’t like:
I struggled a lot to discern what the narrative was – when was the action taking place, who was speaking, that sort of thing. In fact I lost a whole plot point in this book and still have no idea what happened.
Out of five:
Three and a half. The book confused me more than once, but I did still enjoy reading it a lot.