Four women, all linked by the love of one man – politician Paddy de Courcy. His current girlfriend Lola hears on the news he is marrying someone else, Grace is both a journalist and an ex and wants to get the scoop on the engagement. Grace’s sister Marnie remembers the first love she experienced with Paddy, and still feels the loss. Then there is Alicia, the fiancee. A dark secret links them together and as Grace searches for the truth to Paddy de Courcy, old wounds are reopened and brought to light.
I love Marian Keyes’ work. It’s usually funny, touching and emotional and This Charming Man is no different in that respect. What it also has which makes it outstanding is a much darker side to the story and at times was very difficult to read because of it. The story flows well and the little flashback segments interjected throughout create concern and confusion which deepens as the plot unfolds. You can’t help but love Lola, Grace and Marnie and empathise with them greatly. The character of Alicia concerned me a little as I ended up not caring about her very much and I’m not sure if that was intentional or not. I finished the book with a powerful sense of relief and while it was on the dark side, how it all turned out was very good.