This Is How It Ends


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Bibliobeth.


THIS IS HOW IT ENDS tells the story of two people who collide with each other just as the whole world seems to be caught between the hope and promise of Obama’s election and the catastrophic collapse of the global economy.

Bruno is a middle-aged American banker who has come to Ireland to escape the financial meltdown in his own country. Addie is an out-of-work Irish architect. Childless and isolated when she meets Bruno, her life seems to be on a downward spiral.

Addie and Bruno’s story is one of nationality and identity, of the power of optimism to defeat despair and the unstoppable march of time. It’s the story of two people who find joy together when they were least expecting it. It’s about the past and the future and the elusive skill of living in the moment. It is a love story for our times.


This is another book out of the Richard and Judy Summer Read 2013 selection. You can see the summer choices HERE and my reviews of them so far.

This Is How It Ends is a very sweet book from Kathleen MacMahon. It’s incredibly easy to read. It’s set in Ireland, where two characters Bruno and Addie are brought together and share a romance. It’s quite odd how Bruno knows of Addie, but not odd in too weird a way!

I thought the characters were good, but some more powerful than others. I thought Addie was the stand out character and Bruno got left behind a little bit. I think something that slightly annoyed me was the lack of information there was in the book about the characters or how slowly the information was given. There’s suspense and then there’s just dragging it out.  In some books, it’s nice to have the mystery, but for me, in this book it didn’t work. I didn’t feel as deeply for the characters as I would’ve hoped, because I didn’t feel like I knew their history.

I think this is a decent read though. It’s got a very emotional ending, which I found touching. I think some readers will love it, some readers will hate it and then those like me, somewhere inbetween.

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next:
Autumn- Sierra Dean


6 thoughts on “This Is How It Ends

  1. I’m always wary of book club reads, although this one sounds quite good. re dragging out pertinent background facts, I just read ‘The Sea of Tranquility’ a few weeks ago and it did this very thing quite successfully, to a purpose. when there is no purpose, it’s annoying! lol.

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