Extract: Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes

The international No.1 bestselling author writes her first sequel starring her most beloved character, Rachel Walsh - form an orderly line!

 


 

“Around five p.m., I was in the office typing up my daily notes when my phone rang. As soon as I saw who was calling, my heart nearly stopped. What on earth . . . ? Joey. Luke’s Joey? Why was he ringing me? I thought we’d agreed.

But mixed with the shock was curiosity. My heart was pounding in my ears as I answered. ‘Joey?’

‘Rachel? Yeah, listen, I’ve a bit of news.’

 

“My hands were shaking so much that I needed to sit on them. Had that really happened? Had Joey just called me? Momentarily I worried that I’d imagined it.

‘You all right?’ Maurie gave me a sharp look.

‘Mmmmm.’ My lips felt numb. ‘Fine. Just . . . stuff.’

‘Sure?’

Silently, I nodded. I hadn’t felt this unravelled in – God, I literally couldn’t remember when.

I needed to talk to someone, but my sister Claire was the only one who’d engage with me properly on this, I realized.

Then – spookily – at that very moment a WhatsApp arrived from Claire, Need to talk. Dilemma.

 


 


 

“Around five p.m., I was in the office typing up my daily notes when my phone rang. As soon as I saw who was calling, my heart nearly stopped. What on earth . . . ? Joey. Luke’s Joey? Why was he ringing me? I thought we’d agreed.

But mixed with the shock was curiosity. My heart was pounding in my ears as I answered. ‘Joey?’

‘Rachel? Yeah, listen, I’ve a bit of news.’

 

“My hands were shaking so much that I needed to sit on them. Had that really happened? Had Joey just called me? Momentarily I worried that I’d imagined it.

‘You all right?’ Maurie gave me a sharp look.

‘Mmmmm.’ My lips felt numb. ‘Fine. Just . . . stuff.’

‘Sure?’

Silently, I nodded. I hadn’t felt this unravelled in – God, I literally couldn’t remember when.

I needed to talk to someone, but my sister Claire was the only one who’d engage with me properly on this, I realized.

Then – spookily – at that very moment a WhatsApp arrived from Claire, Need to talk. Dilemma.