About Us by Sinead Moriarty @sinead_moriarty @EllieeHud @vikingbooksUK #AboutUs #SineadMoriarty #BookReview #TheClqrt #BookBlog

Penguin General 27th January 2022

Book Description

Three couples. Three love stories. One therapist’s couch…

Alice and Niall used to be lovers, best friends and parents, in that order. Now they are no longer on the same page or even reading the same book.

Ann thought when she and Ken retired, it would be their second spring. Instead, it feels more like an icy winter.

Orla is falling in love with boyfriend Paul, but her complicated past makes her unsure if she can ever be intimate with anyone.

Three couples find themselves telling a stranger about the most private part of their lives – their hopes, their disappointments, their awkward realisations.

Can they learn to be honest with each other? And what life-changing decisions will be made when they do?

My Thoughts

Thank you so much to Ellie Hudson for inviting me to be involved in the blogtour celebrating publication of About Us and providing me with a proof copy of the book.

A captivating and highly readable story about relationships, more specifically perhaps relationship problems. Alice and Niall and Ann and Ken are both in stale relationships, at different life stages but at least one of each couple is left wanting. While Orla holds a secret that prevents her from even being in a relationship, but she likes Paul and there is a spark there, she is motivated to resolve her very personal issue.

Maggie Purcell is a relationship and sex therapist who we meet as we accompany the aforementioned couples on their relationship journey’s – to be solved or not.

Set in Dublin and told from multiple perspectives in the third person voice, this was an easy and fast read, touching on some significant issues such as loneliness, intimacy and sexual problems,

Reading this I was reminded of the power of fiction, and specifically female fiction – disparagingly known as ‘chick-lit’ to tell strong, relevant stories and tackle serious issues in a way that is both accessible and sympathetic. This is important because reading this novel I was struck by the braveness of the couples to engage (albeit to varying degrees) in the therapy and their willingness to share and explore intimate and personal issues for the sake of the relationship and the efforts to save it. Through the medium of stories, people can learn and grow and possibly replicate the steps taken by characters in books to resolve real life situations.

An enjoyable read and a strong work of fiction in the female / contemporary fiction genre. Definitely recommended as something that could be enjoyed by most readers.

This is a blogtour so do please check out what others are saying about this book and shares on social media are hugely appreciated!

About the Author

Sinead Moriarty’s novels have sold over 900,000 copies in Ireland and the UK. She has won over readers and critics by telling stories that are humane, moving and relevant to modern women. In 2015 she won the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction. She lives in her native Dublin with her husband and their three children.

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