#TsundokuSquad Book Club – March 2022 – Rachel’s Holiday

Hello fellow bookworms!

This months book club read was Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes. This was my first experience of Keyes and I wasn’t sure what I was going to make of it, here are my thoughts on our March read.

Title: Rachel’s Holiday

Author: Marian Keyes

Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Romance

Goodreads Rating: 3.98

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

#TsundokuSquad Average Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Source: Audiobook


Rachel Walsh is 27 and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she’s fond – some might say too fond – of recreational drugs.

Until, that is, everything goes pear-shaped and she finds herself being frog-marched to the Cloisters – Dublin’s answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She’s outraged. Surely she’s not thin enough to be an addict?

Rachel isn’t expecting plump, middle-aged men in brown jumpers, and more group therapy than you can shake a stick at. Heartsick and Lovesick, she seeks redemption in the shape of Chris – a man who might be more trouble than he’s worth.

#TsundokuSquad Review:

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. Marian Keyes was an excellent narrator and really brought the story to life. I enjoyed it so much that I ignored the stop points in our group chat and kept listening until the end.

What is clear from the start is that Rachel is in denial about her drug addiction. She has no self esteem and thinks very little of herself but she is adamant that she does not belong at the Cloisters. At the start we all enjoyed her funny anecdotes and how much she made us laugh but we did wonder if this was a defence mechanism?

As the story progressed it became clear that even us readers didn’t fully understand Rachel’s problems. it wasn’t until her visit from Luke and Bridget that we realised just how much of an addict Rachel was. Up until this point we had only heard Rachel’s side of the story and now we were getting the full picture. It was frightening how dependable Rachel was but also how much we almost believed her version of events.

Josephine was our favourite character. She had a way with words and she did not suffer fools! I was in awe of her ability to break the residents down and help them see not only the error of their ways but admit their addiction. Whilst she came across quite scary she was a woman to admire.

I think it is safe to say that the majority of us really enjoyed this read and found it was a very authentic way to show the journey of addicts. Some of us felt that we went on the journey with Rachel and often found ourselves choked at several moments. A few of us are also keen to read Rachel Again, the next in the series. We desperately want to see where Rachel’s life lead to and what mischief she’s got herself into now!


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