Book Review: You, Me & Other People by Fionnuala Kearney

You, Me & Other PeopleWhat’s it about?

They say every family has skeletons in their closet . . .

But what happens when you open the door and they won’t stop tumbling out?

For Adam and Beth the first secret wasn’t the last, it was just the beginning.

You think you can imagine the worst thing that could happen to your family, but there are some secrets that change everything.

And then the question is, how can you piece together a future when your past is being rewritten?

My thoughts

In essence this book is about one lie which leads to another and its devastating consequences; not only for protagonist Adam but his family and the people around him.

I liked the alternating chapters between Beth and Adam but by god Adam’s chapters are infuriating. He cheats on his wife more than once, treats those around him like crap, and wants to blame it all on his family history without taking any blame for himself. I just wanted to slap him for the most of the book. Even when he was at his lowest point I had absolutely no sympathy for him whatsoever; all I was thinking was “it’s your own bloody fault, man up and sort it out!”. His character may come across as a tadge extreme to some readers but for me he was totally believable as I know someone just like him, a serial cheater with the inability to put their child’s feelings first. So yeah, character Adam goes through this whole book, all woe is me, and yet he hadn’t really learned anything from his experiences at the end.

On a lighter note, the scenes with Beth re-discovering dating and discovering her new found sex appeal in LA are brilliant. I was all you go girl! So it’s not all depressing as it may seem, there are some very funny one-liners scattered throughout.

As their marriage is unravelling and as one lie leads to another and one secret leads to another, you do begin to wonder what will come next, this poor family, whatever can the author possibly dump on them next. Although I liked that one strand of the plot involving a child didn’t end predictably. In fact, the whole book isn’t really that predictable. I won’t say any more than that.

Some things don’t necessarily work out how you want them too but that may well be for the best and this book is testament to that.

Many thanks to the publishers Harper for approving me for an ARC via Netgalley.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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