The Mystery of Mercy Close is the tale of strong and sassy but vulnerable, private detective Helen Walsh who is looking for a missing person - but can she find him before she loses herself?
'I have a habit of taking instant dislikes to people. Simply because it saves time . . .'
Wasp-tongued private investigator Helen Walsh doesn't believe in love, fear, depression or hot drinks. But when a missing persons case takes her into the dark, glamorous world of her dodgy ex, Jay Parker, she is drawn away from Artie Devlin, her distinctly unglamorous detective boyfriend.
Caught between smart, stable Artie and chaotic, up-for-anything Jay - two different, but equally enticing men - and plagued by her own black doubts, Helen finds she's beginning to believe in something.
But is it fear, or is it love?
'A brilliant, unusual, brave, sexy, book . . . will confirm Keyes's place as one of our finest writers' Jojo Moyes
'Gut-bustingly funny' Independent on Sunday
'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express
'Zips along with engaging characters, fabulous plotting and spot-on dialogue. Marian Keyes: what a genius' Daily Mail
In her fifth Walsh Sister novel (after Anybody Out There?), Keyes focuses on misanthropic youngest sister, Helen. In Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, with her PI business dried up and her flat lost, Helen has moved back in with her flighty parents rather than with her boyfriend, Artie, a high-level forensics cop with three kids and an uncomfortably close relationship with his ex. Helen lands a job from old beau Jay, who is handling the reunion of 90s boy band the Laddz, provided she can get the reluctant Wayne Diffney, a.k.a. the Wacky One, on board; the others the Talented One, the Cute One, the Gay One, and the Other One are getting in shape and rehearsing. Helen likes the money the gig will bring, but Jay s desire to rekindle their relationship sinks her into another major depression, and she s not sure Artie will be able to handle it. Though the excessively noisy mystery gets too much play, Keyes s portrayal of depression is nuanced and authentic. Helen s vibrant voice is spot-on, and scenes with Artie illustrate her off-kilter personality, making it easy to see why he loves her.
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I love Marian Keyes and Helen's story is great but it ends abruptly I found. Still fun read for the summer, a bit dark at times but it is required to set the scene so to speak.