The marketing business is a self-contained, cutthroat world, world but Anna Walsh emerges from it as a young, successful executive for Candy Grrrl Cosmetics in New York. She's smart, she's beautiful, and she's got a wonderful husband who adores her. In short, she has it all.
But that's not how it seems when this story first opens in Anna's native Dublin, where her parents are nursing her back to health and tending to some of her very serious physical injuries. The nature of those injuries remains a mystery, as does the unexplained absence of Anna's husband, Aidan, during Anna's convalescence. Her phone calls to him go un-returned, as do her e-mails, and Anna becomes increasingly anxious over his continued silence. So anxious in fact that she decides it's time to go back to New York to try and make sense of everything.
I've long suspected that beneath Marian Keyes "chick-lit" façade, there lay some very serious writing. Her latest offering, <u>Anybody Out There?</u>, goes a long way to proving that. This book explores the nature of relationships, attraction, and one woman's desperate attempt to hold on to the man she loves, whatever the cost.
This book is also a bit of a mystery. Anna's memories jump with surprising fluidity from present to past and back again, allowing readers to fill in the blanks at a comfortable pace until they come to the novel's twist.
Those familiar with Keyes' previous novels will find themselves in familiar territory with the Walshes: a family that has been featured very prominently in books past. This time Anna serves as narrator and protagonist, but her sisters Claire, Rachel, Margaret and Helen are all back with memorable cameos of their own
Keyes delivers wonderful characters, excruciatingly funny insights into ordinary work and family life, and a fantastically bittersweet love story.