The Bottom Line
- Anybody Out There? is absorbing and fun, and will keep you turning the pages.
- The members of the large Walsh family are each treated as interesting, individualized characters
- The sad subject matter makes the book touching and provocative, but not depressing
- The details of the accident arent revealed right away, which feels slightly gimmicky
- Some parts are quite sad, which might not sit well with those looking for a purely fun read
- The novel opens with Anna recovering from an unspecified accident at her parents home.
- She returns to New York City to recover physically and emotionally.
- The specifics of the accident and her loss arent revealed until a 3rd of the way through the novel.
- Flashbacks and present scenes are skillfully intertwined.
- Annas friends and colorful family members support her as she struggles with her new life.
Guide Review - Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes - Book Review
Keyes does an admirable of balancing a thoughtful, deep look into issues of love, loss, and anger with a more lighthearted tone and the accessible, breezy writing that characterized her other efforts and makes her books such quick reads. The other Walsh sisters that weve met in previous novels show up here as well, offering their sister support but also dealing with developments in their own lives. You dont need to have read her other novels, though, to keep up with whats going on in this one.
Anybody Out There? may not break any new novelistic ground, but that wont make it any less enjoyable to Keyes many existing fans, or to those looking for a book thats both thoughtful and entertaining.