“Tara, Katherine and Fintan have been best friends since they were teenagers. Now in their early thirties, they’ve been living it up in London for ten years. But what have they got to show for it?
Sure, Tara’s got her boyfriend – but she loves food, shopping and her lipstick so much more. Katherine, on the other hand, is a serial singleton whose neatness fetish won’t let a man mess up her life. And Fintan? Well, Fintan has everything. Until he gets ill and he has to ask himself: what have you got if you haven’t got your health?
All three are drinking in the Last Chance Saloon and they’re about to discover that if you don’t change your life, life has a way of changing you …”
This was another Marian Keyes book that I liked the sound of and was looking forward to reading.
Straight away I got a sense of fun from the main characters, they had a great friendship and were comfortable and relaxed in each others company. Tara had a bit of a problem with food and I could totally relate to that! Any parts that mentioned her hunger either had me nodding my head because it’s something I do, or laughing out loud at how hilariously she behaves when she’s hungry. Seeing everyday objects as food was a particular favourite of mine and I found myself doing the same after I read this. Her relationship with Thomas made me feel uncomfortable because it was so obviously wrong, I just wanted to shake her to make her see sense.
Katherine was interesting, she was a strong, confident woman on the outside but had obviously been hurt at some point in her life and this made her push people away. I really enjoyed watching Joe try to make his move on her – her responses were cruel but made very entertaining reading!
Fintan was fabulous, I loved everything about him! His illness was one of the main things that stuck out for me in this book – it was a real turning point, not just for his character but for everyone. They all seemed to re-evaluate their own situations especially after Fintan makes a couple of difficult requests.
I couldn’t figure out where Lorcan fit into the story, I knew he had to be important in some way but I couldn’t predict how. He was a horrible character and once I had discovered why he was there, it all made sense. I think I’ll have to re-read this at some point because now I can look at it from a different perspective.
Fintan becoming ill meant that there were quite a few heart-wrenching moments but these were balanced out by some very funny moments, for example a disastrous mud wrap adventure for Tara that is not to be missed!
A surprise twist near the end pieced everything together and it was something that I hadn’t seen coming which made it even more interesting to read.
This is an enjoyable book that really makes you see things in a different way.
Last Chance Saloon can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.
To find out more about Marian Keyes visit her website here.