A compelling tale of mystery, romance, and the irrepressible Walsh family from the internationally bestselling author Marian Keyes
Helen Walsh doesn’t believe in fear—it’s just something men invented to get all the money—and yet she’s sinking. Her private investigator business has dried up, her flat has been repossessed, and now some old demons are resurfacing. Chief among them is her charming but dodgy ex-boyfriend Jay Parker, who offers Helen a lucrative missing-persons case. Wayne Diffney from boyband Laddz vanished from his house in Mercy Close—and the Laddz have a sellout comeback gig in five days.
Helen has a new boyfriend, but Jay’s reappearance proves unsettling. Playing by her own rules, Helen is drawn into a dark and glamorous world, where her own worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne, a man she has never even met.
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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Love the Walsh family series
Bought this book in paperback when I was in the airport at Heathrow, so I've read it before its release date online. Love Marian Keyes humor and connection to the real world. All of her characters are relatable and it almost feels like you know the family, which if you've read the other Walsh family books I suppose you do. If you want a relaxing, funny, and emotional joyride read, this is the one for you. Definitely a book to pack for a vacation read.
The Mystery of Mercy Close
Not a bad read, but very slow moving. I skipped over lots of pages as the narrative delved into personal side issues that were described in boring detail. Not excited By this author.