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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

139) The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

The Blurb :

Helen Walsh doesn’t believe in fear – it’s just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good job – and yet she’s sinking. Her work as a Private Investigator has dried up, her flat has been repossessed and now some old demons have resurfaced.

Not least in the form of her charming but dodgy ex-boyfriend Jay Parker, who shows up with a missing persons case. Money is tight – so tight Helen’s had to move back in with her elderly parents – and Jay is awash with cash. The missing person is Wayne Diffney, the ‘Wacky One’ from boyband Laddz. He’s vanished from his house in Mercy Close and it’s vital that he’s found – Laddz have a sell-out comeback gig in five days’ time.

Things ended messily with Jay. And she’s never going back there. Besides she has a new boyfriend now, the very sexy detective Artie Devlin and it’s all going well, even though his ex-wife isn’t quite ‘ex’ enough and his teenage son hates her. But the reappearance of Jay is stirring up all kinds of stuff she thought she’d left behind.

Playing by her own rules, Helen is drawn into a dark and glamorous world, where her worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne, a man she’s never even met.

My Thoughts :

Yes this isn't a paranormal one. There are just come 'Chick-Lit' authors I have to visit and the last Walsh Family book by Marian Keyes was a must read. You see I have been following the Walsh family for a long time and have loved each and every one of the five sisters stories. Totally different women from the same upbringing in Ireland. Each story is funny, heart-warming and sometimes sad. Emotions run high in every book whether you are giggling or shedding a tear. Always worth reading!

It is finally Helen's turn in the reins and I was shocked at her story. She was always the youngest sister who was hanging out in the background getting into trouble and seemingly having a blast. However it turns out that her life is not as much fun as it looks. She is suffering from depression.

The plot is spectacular and grabs you till the end. Helen a Private Investigator is approached by her ex to look for a member of a boyband. The Irish success story is making a come back and they are all in dire need of the financial support it will bring. Only one problem. One of them has gone missing.

Helen's strange methods may actually pay off but even she isn't sure if she will find the missing Lad. Was he kidnapped or did he go willingly? She has no bloody idea and there aren't many clues either. All Helen knows is that she also can't afford for the concerts to be cancelled. She is slowly losing everything. Even her mind.

I loved this story and I wonder if the author has herself suffered from depression or knows someone who has. She really seemed to know what she was talking about. Following Helen is a rollercoaster ride and even if I had figured it out before she did it was interesting and exciting to see how everything worked out.

Another great book from a great author. I am going to miss visiting the Walsh family but maybe Marian Keyes will write more about them in the future. It would be great to catch up with them all again in a few years and see how life is treating them. A must read in my opinion.

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Aurian said...

Nice review, thank you!

Susan Buchanan said...

Great review. Marian does write about serious issues when she chooses to do so, with such aplomb. Do you remember Rachel's Holiday? Not exactly a picnic of a book in many ways, but again it showed a depth of subject matter which Marian covered very well.