Sunday, 27 October 2013

The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes, the No. 1 bestselling author of Rachel's Holiday, is back with her stunning new novel The Mystery of Mercy Close and the return of the legendary and beloved Walsh sisters.

Helen Walsh doesn't believe in fear - it's just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good jobs - 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 and Jay is awash with cash, so Helen is forced to take on the task of finding Wayne Diffney, the 'Wacky One' from boyband Laddz. 

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. 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. 

Utterly compelling, moving and very very funny, The Mystery of Mercy Close is unlike any novel you've ever read and Helen Walsh - courageous, vulnerable and wasp-tongued - is the perfect heroine for our times.

It's been too long since Marian Keyes appeared in my life and I had missed her.  As a girl with Irish blood, I may be slightly biased but her books have always been fabulous, and this is no exception.

Marian Keyes has suffered from crippling depression for a number of years and this is mirrored in her latest book, The Mystery of Mercy Close.  

It's extremely well written, and despite the extremely serious undertone, it's extremely humourous.  I found myself laughing out loud at things that you shouldn't really find funny, but Marian has that way of writing and after all, she is the perfect person to write about this topic.

The story itself is fantastically portrayed, and whilst I did guess where Wayne was, it was only a few pages before it was revealed.  Up until that point, it had been a complete and utter mystery.

Not predictable, funny but poignant and a very clever story which I loved.  Welcome back Marian Keyes.  Long may you be happy and keep writing for us all to enjoy.

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