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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; Open market ed edition (Nov. 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718155491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718155490
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #318,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal. Hang on tight!" Harlan Coben "Great plots, great characters, great action!" Lee Child "Kernick's appeal is the down to earth realism of his settings." Times "The pace is unrelenting, the twists fun... and the characters are instantly engaging." Zoo" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Marian Keyes's international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There and This Charming Man. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Sullivan on Feb. 5 2010
Format: Paperback
I love reading Marian Keyes to the point of re-reading her books more than once throughout a year. This new book is reminiscent of her short stories but then spirals closer and closer together until everyone is connected. I love that Marian Keyes tackles darkness with a little joy and laughter. I know some readers are looking for a repeat of earlier books but I think bringing darkness from the background to the foreground to examine is quite genius. It is something everyone must face one way or the other at some point in their life. I loved this book, but it is not chick-lit so maybe don't bring it to read on vacation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Dec 4 2009
Format: Paperback
The Brightest Star in the Sky opens with an unknown entity, with an unnamed task, flying over the streets of Dublin, Ireland, hunting for an address - 66 Star Street. Once located the entity? fairy? spirit? enters through the roof and starts some reconnaissance.

There are four apartments at 66 Star Street. Through the eyes of the visitor we come to know the lives of each of the inhabitants intimately and the entity's task is slowly revealed. Clues are eked out if you pay attention.

Marion Keyes has done a phenomal job of creating characters you can actually believe in and care about - people you'd like to actually know. Not all are lovable and I changed my mind several times about each of them. Even the dog speaks his mind. (I'm actually quite taken by Grudge the dog - he's very funny) Strangers at first, the inhabitant's lives begin to intersect - new relationships are formed, old ones are cast aside. Secrets are kept and revealed, some good and some hurtful. I'd rather not detail the characters themselves as I think it's more fun to discover them yourself as you read.

Each chapter heading is a countdown of days, beginning at 60, leading me to wonder what happens at day one. Keyes takes seemingly disparate story lines, magically weaving them together.

When I first received this book for review, I thought 600 pages! But you know, I never got bogged down and was enthralled from start to finish, turning the last page with regret. Chick lit - yes - but with a little bit more. A magical tale that I truly enjoyed!

If you haven't discovered this Irish writer, what are you waiting for? A good one to curl up with over the holidays.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trina Read on Jan. 4 2010
Format: Paperback
In her last two books, "This Charming Man" and "The Brightest Star in the Sky" we have the pleasure of reading a mature Marian Keyes. She's tackling tough topics in a readable and approachable manner; not an easy undertaking by any stretch. I appreciate and applaud Marian for making chick lit not only a fun read, but something that gives us pause to think. Well done!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa M. Dow on Nov. 9 2009
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Description: Four flats, four sets of tenants, and one mystery. At least one of the residents of 66 Star Street is in for a major life change. But who will it be? These neighbors have no idea that a smart-mouthed, (almost) all-knowing spirit is stalking their lives, looking to make some changes.

My thoughts: Matt and Maeve are madly in love, yet seem to be living a strangely empty life. Lydia and her two Polish roommates hate each other... or do they? Katie definitely loves Conall, but they just can't seem to make it work. And Jemima... well, don't get me started on Jemima.

The people of 66 Star Street are a bit of a crazy bunch, but you can't help but love them. Marian Keyes has an incredible gift for creating characters that stick with you, the kind of characters you are going to miss when you finish the book. With keen insight and amazing talent for making every situation amusing, Keyes takes the reader on a journey through these lives, and the lives they touch.

There's also a bit of a mystery. Exactly who is the strange spirit narrating the story, which life is it going to change, and in what way? I don't know if maybe I'm just dense, but it did take me quite a while to figure out what was going on. Even then, there were a few pieces that eluded me until almost the very end. Which is perfect, exactly how I like it.

It did take me a few chapters to get into this book. There is a large cast of main characters, and their storylines don't start to intersect other than geographically until fairly far on in the book. For me, this made it a bit tough to get into the story. Once I did get into it, I loved it. So if you start out and it's feeling a bit slow, I encourage you to keep on reading.

Content warnings: This is an adult novel.
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By BookChick TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 22 2009
Format: Paperback
"The Brightest Star in the Sky" is the story of the seven very different residents of 66 Star Street, as told from the point of view of a star on a mission. We, as readers, don't know what the star's mission is (in fact, we don't find out what it is until the last quarter of the book) but we do know that he has 60 days to complete his task and that he's all on his own until then. The only problem is that the star isn't sure who the subject of his mission is, so we get to meet all of the very different residents of 66 Star Street. There's Katie, inhabiting the fourth floor, who works in PR and is pushing 40. She isn't sure about much of anything right now, especially how to pick the right man. Below her, on the third floor, lives Andrei and Jan, Polish brothers earning money to support their family back home and Lydia, their spitfire Irish roomate with a barbed-wire personality. Jemima and her dog, Grudge, live on the floor below. Jemima is 88 and works for a psychic hotline, but only so that she can make sure that the young women who call her don't end up wasting too much of their money on the calls. Finally, Matt and Maeve live on the main floor. They appear to be as close as one couple can be, doing everything together, but beneath their sunny exterior something seems to be missing.

The star has his work cut out for him as he begins to infiltrate the resident's memories and shadow them so that he can figure out who it is he is supposed to help. The residents certainly keep him hopping, and as the clock ticks down we begin to wonder- will the star be able to complete his mission in time? Will the residents of 66 Star Street be able to find their happy endings?

I loved this book! The characters were quirky and lovable, even crotchety old Jemima and strange Lydia.
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