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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,090 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Od úmrtí jejího syna uběhlo dvacet let. Maisie stojí na pódiu a chystá se promluvit před zaplněným přednáškovým sálem na univerzitě.

To je sám o sobě nelehký úkol, a Maisie navíc prochází menopauzou, takže od zhroucení ji dělí jen jediný nával horka. Jakmile se však odhodlá vyprávět svůj příběh, neznámí lidé před ní se rozplynou a každé další slovo ji odvádí do minulosti.
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 2019 by HOST (first published April 7th 2016)
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Trish at Between My Lines
This review was originally posted on [Between My Lines]
Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors. I’m passionate about Irish Authors, they supply us with an entertaining and exciting mix of books, hopefully you will find something new to try. Today I’m featuring Anna McPartlinwho mixes up funny and heartfelt with aplomb.

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It has been a few years since I read a book by Anna McPartlin and I had forgotten just how she can stab you right in the heart with
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Anne
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that take some time to really engage with, you need to learn a little about the characters and the plot before you can fully immerse yourself into the story. There are other books that totally embrace you immediately. Somewhere Inside of Happy is one of those books. I read the prologue and was instantly a fan of the lead character Maisie Bean Brennan. Those few opening pages are exquisite, they are the hook that snares you, and keeps you spellbound right up until the very ...more
Tracy Fenton
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book by Anna McPartlin. She writes with such humour and warmth that you feel all the emotions the wonderful Bean family are going through. Full of fabulous characters with a storyline etched in sadness and a thought provoking message.
Emma Crowley
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten years ago when I read Anna McPartlin's début novel Pack Up the Moon I remember thinking here is an author with real talent with plenty of excellent books to come in the future. This was clearly shown with Anna's remarkable release last year The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. When I started that book I was extremely wary as I thought the book was going to be a very hard read full of doom and gloom considering the subject matter. In fact it turned out to be the complete opposite as the book was a ...more
Rebecca
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on Becca's Books.

Wow. Right now, that's all I can think to say. Wow. This was absolutely stunning.

I was blown away by Anna McPartlin's The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. I'm talking huge, gulping sobs that lasted for what seemed like an eternity. So, when I was offered the chance to read an eBook of her latest novel, Somewhere Inside of Happy, I couldn't say yes quick enough. The blurb reeled me in right away and I just adored the sound of this story. I have to admit, it's not
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Lainy
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages - 427

Publisher - Black Swan

Blurb from Goodreads

Maisie Bean is a fighter. A survivor. Seventeen years ago, she went on a first date that went so badly it was enough to put the girl off chips. The marriage that followed was hell but it gave her two children: funny, caring Jeremy and bullish but brilliant Valerie.

Just as it seems everything might finally start going right, sixteen-year-old Jeremy goes missing. The police descend and a media storm swirls, over five
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Lucie
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those feels, oh, those feels! Anna McPartlin created characters you simply have to love - they're so real, full of life and they struggle with hardships with all their might. I couldn't believe how well the author managed to balance all the levels of this story - it's touching, sad, romantic, bitter, hilarious all at once. And the prose is so readable and feels so effortless! I guarantee you won't regret reading this gem.
Aishling Murphy
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere inside of Happy was a very enjoyable read,some funny moments but also a lot of sad ones. A heart wrenching story about Maisie Bean a mother of two who has survived so much from her abusive husband, And just as things start to feel somewhat normal to Maisie her son of sixteen goes missing and like all mothers she fights to the end.
This book takes you on a journey of hope and heartbreak but it's a book well worth reading.. I so enjoyed it
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Sandra Danby
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Yet again, Irish author Anna McPartlin tackles difficult issues. Grief - as in the superb ‘The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes’ - dementia and homophobia. And there is laughter and tears. It is a thoughtful book with strongly drawn characters, Irish humour and a fair amount of ripe language. It is the story of Maisie Bean, a single mother who has fought bravely to escape a violent husband and raise her two children, Jeremy and Valerie. The story starts, on January 1, 1995, when Jeremy disappears.
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Sharon
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a strange one. If there was a 3 1/2 stars then I would have probably chosen it! I upped it to 4 purely for the ending! We meet Maisie who is looking after her two children and her old mother who suffers from Alzheimers. She was a battered wife many years ago until she plucked up the courage to leave her husband. Maisie's life is hard. She struggles to bring up her children on her own and care for her mother. Her elder son Jeremy helps her out a lot, especially with his grandmother. One ...more
Agi
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2016

The first book that I read in 2015 was Anna McPartlin’s „The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes” and believe me, I have never forgotten this novel. It made such an impression on me that I couldn’t stop talking about it every time when I had a chance, and I kept my eyes peeled for Anna’s next release. When my review copy of „Somewhere Inside of Happy” arrived I couldn’t stop admiring this book’s cover – it’s in a rather unusual yellow colour, but it’s beautiful and so very optimistic. And I didn’t wait
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Suze Lavender
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maisie met an awful man who found a way to stay in her life for many years. Her two wonderful children are the only good thing she's got out of the relationship. Jeremey is sensitive, responsible and kind and Valerie is smart and outspoken. When her husband went too far Maisie finally left him and moved in with her mother. They had some really good years until Maisie's mother started to forget things. The dementia is now taking over her life and she needs constant care. Maisie works two jobs, ...more
Alba
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on: http://www.albainbookland.com/2016/05...

We start this story already knowing the ending: Maisie's son died in 1995. What we don't know is who he was or why he died. So thanks to multiple points of view, we learn about Maisie and her family back then. She was a single mother with two teenagers and a mother with dementia to take care of. And all I can say is that theirs is a story really worth reading.

Let's go back to 1995: Maisie has not had an easy life. Pregnant too young
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Steffi
Thanks to netgalley and Random House UK for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is my third book by Anna McPartlin, one I liked and one I didn't like that much, so my expectations were high and low at the same time.
Unfortunately "Somewhere inside of happy" is another of her books which I didnt't like.

First, the language in this book was very annoying for me. Expressions like "me da" instead of "my dad" and several others just were grammatically wrong and hurt my love for the English
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A book based in Ireland in 1990's. Massie has two children, Valerie and Jeremy. She had been in an abusive relations hip with their father for years but had got out when Jeremy's arm had been broken. The story tells of the family, which also includes Massie's mom, who has debenture. As Maise's life starts to open to new possibilities, the worst thing happens and Jeremy goes missing!! Maisie believes this is her fault as she was with her new male friend. Val believes that if she hadn't of lied ...more
Carolyn Evans
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just discovered a wonderful new (for me) author and now I have 6 more books on my "want to read shelf." Brilliant! Thank you Anna.
Irena BookDustMagic
Actual rating: 3,5
Angelique Simonsen
oh this was awesome read. got lost in it keep thinking about it
Sarah
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also published on my blog.

Audible version, narrated by Aoife McMahon

This book wrecked me. For the last 30 minutes or so I was legit bawling my eyes out. Some of this while in the train. I think that when I’m really into a book I lose awareness of my surroundings. Fortunately the train was mostly empty.

This is the story of the last day of Jeremy Bean’s life. I knew going in that it was going to be about a teenage boy who died, so I wasn’t exactly expecting sunshine and unicorns, but it still
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Joan
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maisie Bean Brennan has had a very hard life. Her marriage was practically forced upon her when she found herself pregnant whilst living in a small rural village in Ireland. She gave birth to a son whom she called Jeremy and later on followed a sister for Jeremy, called Valerie. She loved her children dearly and they became her main focus in life. But her marriage was increasingly violently abusive, with Maisie often needing urgent hospitalisation. But when her drunken husband injured Jeremy, ...more
Joanne
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We've all seen them, those news conferences on tv where distraught parents appeal for their missing child to come home. It's heartbreaking for anyone to watch, but especially so as a parent thinking of how you would feel if it happened to your child. Somewhere Inside of Happy takes you into the heart of Maisie Bean's family when the unthinkable happens and her teenage son Jeremy goes missing. Maisie has had a really tough life, escaping an abusive marriage which nearly cost her her life and now ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere Inside of Happy had me hooked right from the start, as it takes you on a powerful journey, that I could barely put down, and was feeling incredibly emotional at by the end. However due to the nature of the story, it is a very tricky one to review, as I don't want to spoil anyones experience of it, by saying the wrong thing.

The story is told from a variety of perspectives, and is about a five day period in January 1995, in a small village in Ireland. You know from the start that there
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Janice
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK for my advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Anna McPartlin has a unique way of taking an absolutely devastating topic, and writing about it with such unique warmth and vitality that her readers just cannot help smiling through the bittersweet tears that are undoubtedly pouring down their cheeks as she gently coaxes them through the heartfelt pages of her stories.
Maisie Bean Brennan is about to speak in front of an audience on the
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Maggie Kiely
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maisie as a young girl met Danny a violent angry man who controlled Maisie physically and emotionally from the outset. She married him as she was pregnant with her son Jeremy and it took years of abuse before she finally left him and started living with her mother Bridie and her children. They are the light of her life with Jeremy being sensitive and kind and Valerie outspoken and clever.
Maisie’s mother is now suffering with Dementia needing round the clock care. Bridie hits scratches and
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Claire Mc Partlin
Yet another page-turner from the very talented Anna McPartlin. This is the second book I have read of Anna's, the first being 'The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes', which I think was my favourite book of last year. I read plenty of books and most are really enjoyable but you don't always remember them afterwards. Anna's books have a way of staying with you long after you've finished reading them as they tug at all your emotions so well, you really feel as if you are in the story. Every time I had to ...more
Helen Marquis
I was super excited about this latest novel from Anna McPartlin, having absolutely LOVED 'The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes'. So it is possible that I went into this with my expectations set too high!
For the most part, it's really intriguing - focusing on the Bean family, and their lovable matriarch Maisie, for whom life has been tough to say the least. The very first thing we learn about her is that her sweet and lovely son Jeremy "died in violence", and with this one fact front and centre in your
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Di
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere Inside of Happy takes the reader through five days which changed Maisie's family's life when her teenage son Jeremy goes missing. It was awful imagining what Maisie goes through. Most difficult to read though were the chapters showing hour by hour what was happening with Jeremy. I read those chapters feeling so uneasy - what had happened to this kind and sensitive young man?

The book ends with a very powerful epilogue. It was really moving reading about what had happened to Maisie and
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Steph
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bittersweet, heartfelt and beautiful are the words that Spring to mind after reading this book.
It starts 20 years later when Maisie Bean is standing in front of an audience ready to tell them the story of her 16 year old son Jeremy and how he died...then we go back in time...

Told over 5 days from the day Jeremy went missing,till 2 days later when his mum realised he was actually missing,till the very moment when Maisie finds out what happened to Jeremy.

We go back in time to Jeremy and his best
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Wendy Cartmell
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maisie Bean is a fighter. A survivor. Seventeen years ago, she went on a first date that went so badly it was enough to put the girl off chips. The marriage that followed was hell but it gave her two children: funny, caring Jeremy and bullish but brilliant Valerie. Just as it seems everything might finally start going right, sixteen-year-old Jeremy goes missing. The police descend and a media storm swirls, over five days of searching that hurtle towards an inevitable, terrible conclusion.
This is
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Cal
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher who gave me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. Writing a review of 'Somewhere Inside of Happy' is not going to be easy. This is a book that made me laugh, made me cry and ultimately broke my heart. From the outset you know that Maisie Bean lost her teenage son, Jeremy, 20 years ago, but even so you find yourself desperately hoping that the outcome will be different. The characters come alive on the page and the use of language is
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Anna McPartlin was born in 1972.

Anna’s debut novel Pack Up The Moon was published in January 2006, it went on to be a best seller both here and abroad.

Since then Anna’s written three more novels, So What If I’m Broken being her latest work. She’s also written School Run, a TV comedy-drama for TV3 which was nominated for both an IFTA and a TV award. Anna’s books are published in Ireland, Germany,
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