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Book Review: Ask again, yes by Mary Beth Keane

I’ve been seeing this all over social media for a while now, and was super excited when I received an ARC for this – it’s recently been released in the US but out August 8 in the UK.

Ask again, yes by Mary Beth Keane

Genre: Fiction, Domestic Fiction

BUG Rating: 3/5

Overall: I thought the writing was fantastic, I quite liked the characters and found they had good depth to them. However, for me, the plot let this book down. It started off pretty well paced, and I was really enjoying the build up to “the incident” but after this it slowed down significantly and didn’t really go anywhere …There was also quite a lot of summarising as we were taken through the years of the characters lives – sometimes pretty quickly. Unfortunately, this book didn’t wow me.

And when she looked at him again it was as if she knew every thought he’d ever had.


A gripping and compassionate family drama set between neighbours in suburban New York

Gillam, upstate New York: a town of ordinary, big-lawned suburban houses. The Gleesons have recently moved there and soon welcome the Stanhopes as their new neighbours. Lonely Lena Gleeson wants a friend but Anne Stanhope – cold, elegant, unstable – wants to be left alone.

It’s left to their children – Lena’s youngest, Kate, and Anne’s only child, Peter – to find their way to one another. To form a friendship whose resilience and love will be almost broken by the fault line dividing both families, and by the terrible tragedy that will engulf them all. A tragedy whose true origins only become clear many years later . . .

A story of love and redemption, faith and forgiveness, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood – villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. A story of how, if we’re lucky, the violence lurking beneath everyday life can be vanquished by the power of love. 


+ Despite me not being wowed by this book – the writing was beautiful

+ Enjoyed the characters


– Second half was very slow

– Plot didn’t really go anywhere

I received a free advanced copy of this book from Penguin Michael Joseph in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own. 

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