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The Mystery of Mercy Close I employ this thing called The Shovel List A shovel No A Shovel List It s of a conceptual thing It s a list of all the people and things I hate so much that I want to hit them in the face with a shovel Meet Helen youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself She s easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator But times are tough for PIs and Helen s had no choice but to take on the search for AWOL boyband has been Wayne Diffney The Wacky OneIt s not all bad this game of Where s Wayne It may have brought her charming crook of an ex Jay Parker back into her life, but it s giving her an excuse to avoid the usual Walsh family dramas and the intense looks from her gorgeous boyfriend Artie that make her heart beat wildly with lust and panic in equal measure But most of all it s an excellent distraction from the huge swarm of black vultures gathering over her head If she hides out in her target s empty house on Mercy Close for long enough maybe they ll go awayBut as Helen begins to unravel the mysteries secreted on Mercy Close she discovers a kindred spirit in a man unwilling to be found Could someone be telling her to look a little closer to home I have been waiting for Helen Walsh s story for a long time I started to think it wouldn t be written, simply because it couldn t be written How was Helen ever going to come off as a real, let alone sympathetic, character when she was so snarky and over the top in all her guest appearances That was half the fun of the other Walsh books waiting for Helen to show up and say something wildly inappropriate and insensitive But could she sustain a whole book I should never have underestimated Mar I have been waiting for Helen Walsh s story for a long time I started to think it wouldn t be written, simply because it couldn t be written How was Helen ever going to come off as a real, let alone sympathetic, character when she was so snarky and over the top in all her guest appearances That was half the fun of the other Walsh books waiting for Helen to show up and say something wildly inappropriate and insensitive But could she sustain a whole book I should never have underestimated Marian Keyes, though, because we ve finally gotten Helen s story and she is real, believable, and completely sympathetic while still being the slightly dangerous, unpredictable Helen we ve come to know, love and fear just a little.As usual from Marian Keyes, this book has laugh out loud funny moments particularly Mammy Walsh s description of a pop star s dance movesI won t give it away, just trust and the slow reveal of the main character s personal trauma that lies in the background Helen still has her edge, but she has been softened by what she has experienced and that is what makes her work as a character And Keyes is still the best at describing and depicting emotion so that you almost feel it right along with the character This is especially true in her last Walsh book, Anybody Out There, but true for this one as well.The mystery is not as mysterious as fans may want if they are also hard core mystery readers But anyone who has dealt with depression or grief on any level will recognize that what is obvious in your clear moments is NOT obvious when you are dealing with the crap attention span, brain fog and memory issues that go hand in hand with mental illness I thought it was very realistic that it took awhile for the dime to drop for Helen even though she had the clues fairly early So that didn t bother me at all.One thing that did keep me guessing throughout was how the love story was going to pan out At one point there was enough of a complication pile on that I just could not see how Keyes was ever going to resolve everything But she did, and Mercy Close has one of the most satisfying endings of all her books I am still a huge fan and dying to read her next 4.5 stars Fans everywhere were eagerly awaiting the return of Marian Keyes and her latest book, The Mystery Of Mercy Close, and we weren t disappointed This book not only sees the return of one of the greatest authors around, but also the return of The Walsh sisters, and in this particular book, focusing on Helen.Marian Keyes has to be praised for doing a fantastic job in highlighting mental health and depression It seems to be something that isn t addressed as much as it should be, and Marian Keyes has Fans everywhere were eagerly awaiting the return of Marian Keyes and her latest book, The Mystery Of Mercy Close, and we weren t disappointed This book not only sees the return of one of the greatest authors around, but also the return of The Walsh sisters, and in this particular book, focusing on Helen.Marian Keyes has to be praised for doing a fantastic job in highlighting mental health and depression It seems to be something that isn t addressed as much as it should be, and Marian Keyes has not only just highlighted it, but she has given her many readers a big insight into what life is like with mental health, not only adding a lot of depth to the story but a lot of knowledge too As someone who has relations who suffer with mental health, I really loved that Marian Keyes has had the courage to write about this, and I think this book could help change opinions on mental health, and help towards acceptance and a wider knowledge of these serious issues.I loved the writing style of the book, it was almost as if Helen was sat chatting and narrating her life so far in front of me as I ve mentioned before, in the book it is discovered that Helen has previously suffered with depression and is living in fear of being hit by it again Helen is brilliantly written as a character, she has a lot of depth and through her narrative we slowly learn about her background, her personality and we are given an insight into the world of Helen and what life is like for her.I enjoyed learning about Wayne.Throughout the story we slowly discover little bits about Wayne and all of these pieces put together help us to build up a picture of him I loved the mystery of Wayne, it was gripping, it was interesting and it had me keen to find out what had happened to him.Even though there is focus on mental health and depression, this is not a sad book There are some funny moments, and Helen s personality and the way she describes the world makes you warm to her instantly There are many humourous moments throughout, with a cast of likeable characters around Helen.Marian Keyes has written a book that truly gets the message across to its readers It is an engaging story that has many layers throughout It is great to see Marian Keyes back Watermelon introduced the Walsh family in 1995 featuring Claire, while subsequent titles focused on her sisters, Rachel Marian Keyes is so fabulous because she can weave laugh out loud humour with serious issues and somehow it works without belittling said issues.I have read a couple of books about the Walsh family series my favourite so far is and find them funny but poignant Mammy Walsh is hilarious This book is about Helen Walsh who is currently a private investigator asked to look into the disappearance of the integral member of a boy band making a big comeback in Ireland.Helen is in a bit of a pic Marian Keyes is so fabulous because she can weave laugh out loud humour with serious issues and somehow it works without belittling said issues.I have read a couple of books about the Walsh family series my favourite so far is and find them funny but poignant Mammy Walsh is hilarious This book is about Helen Walsh who is currently a private investigator asked to look into the disappearance of the integral member of a boy band making a big comeback in Ireland.Helen is in a bit of a pickle the recession has been hard on her and the bailiffs have called and turfed her out of her flat, she is struggling to find time with her boyfriend because of his children and ex wife and the depression she had successfully battled is creeping back causing lack of sleep and suicidal thoughts oh yes this is an angst filled romp Unfortunately I didn t love this book as I found it a bit too leggy in places and Helen s mind is sometimes an exhausting and hysterical place to be no wonder she is ill but there were enough laughs and shenanigans to keep me going.This is NOT a mystery book perhaps the title is a tad misleading but it is an amusing farce with an interesting insight into depression and people s attitude toward it if you are familiar with this illness you will be nodding your head with a wry smile on your face As a Marian Keyes fan, I m afraid I was deeply disappointed with her latest work The editor must take a fair portion of the blame for failing to hit the delete button where meanderings and wafflings threaten to overwhelm the plot The protagonist is a private detective who tends to rely on instinct rather than actual clues to find the missing member of a re united boy band The fact that the reader picks up on the clues before she does becomes irritating, as does the relentless jokey tone Th As a Marian Keyes fan, I m afraid I was deeply disappointed with her latest work The editor must take a fair portion of the blame for failing to hit the delete button where meanderings and wafflings threaten to overwhelm the plot The protagonist is a private detective who tends to rely on instinct rather than actual clues to find the missing member of a re united boy band The fact that the reader picks up on the clues before she does becomes irritating, as does the relentless jokey tone The severity of the depression from which our PI suffers is almost compulsively undermined by this tone Which is a shame, because Keyes take on depression comes from personal experience and she provides us with some deeply moving and insightful glimpses of how the the depressed mind functions or doesn t , before tripping off into funny land There is a good book between the covers, it just needs a strong edit Such a disappointing book The pace of the story is too slow and there is so little action Romance is light on the ground and there is little exploration of Helen Walsh s relationships, which is a pity as both Jay Parker the ex and Artie Devlin the current one are interesting characters There wasn t enough involvement by Mammy Walsh, who would have added some humour to a humourless story.Although the other characters are well drawn, they seem to float around the periphery and rarely are as Such a disappointing book The pace of the story is too slow and there is so little action Romance is light on the ground and there is little exploration of Helen Walsh s relationships, which is a pity as both Jay Parker the ex and Artie Devlin the current one are interesting characters There wasn t enough involvement by Mammy Walsh, who would have added some humour to a humourless story.Although the other characters are well drawn, they seem to float around the periphery and rarely are asked to participate in the story Make no mistake, this is a story about Helen Walsh s depression and little else They mystery element of the story is non existent I d guessed early on what had happened to Wayne Diffney and it was excruciating waiting for the reveal.Marian Keyes had the potential to take Helen Walsh on a witty, fun and engaging ride, but plodded on in minute detail about her depression and buried a great character under a heavy cloud Although I do understand that Marian was coming out of a deep depression as she wrote this book, a better editor would have pulled back some of the detail A better editor would also have used their red pen on the excessive use of the word very it was clunky and amateurish.I refuse to give up on Marian Keyes, despite this stumble, and I m looking forward to her finishing her current story I will start this brief review by saying that for me Marian Keyes can do no wrong I love her books and her sense of humor This book was no exception The characters were funny and engaging The mystery was well thought out, with red herrings, some quite clever The book is ostensibly about a missing rock star , I ll use that term loosely since he is a former boy band member What the book is really about is depression, both having depression and others reactions to it I found it to be an hon I will start this brief review by saying that for me Marian Keyes can do no wrong I love her books and her sense of humor This book was no exception The characters were funny and engaging The mystery was well thought out, with red herrings, some quite clever The book is ostensibly about a missing rock star , I ll use that term loosely since he is a former boy band member What the book is really about is depression, both having depression and others reactions to it I found it to be an honest and refreshing treatment of the subject Too often women s fiction about depression takes itself so seriously that the books themselves are depressing and having been there I can tell you that is the last thing you need The dialogue, both inner and actual, reveals truths about depression with an accuracy that can only be expressed by someone who has been there Overall, an interesting mystery plot, enjoyable characters, laugh out loud humor all add up to a highly recommended read Private investigator Helen Walsh is going through a rough patch The economic downturn means that no one has the money to hire PI s any The sort of business that once kept her income steady has dried up and now Helen has had almost all of her possessions repossessed and had to move out of her beloved flat and back in with her parents.When her ex Jay Parker comes offering her a job, Helen doesn t want to take it But Jay s money is too good and Helen desperately needs the work Jay is putt Private investigator Helen Walsh is going through a rough patch The economic downturn means that no one has the money to hire PI s any The sort of business that once kept her income steady has dried up and now Helen has had almost all of her possessions repossessed and had to move out of her beloved flat and back in with her parents.When her ex Jay Parker comes offering her a job, Helen doesn t want to take it But Jay s money is too good and Helen desperately needs the work Jay is putting together a reunion of one of Ireland s most popular boybands and one of the members, Wayne Diffney has disappeared without a trace Wayne was reluctant to take part in the reunion concert but he swore he d be there and now with just a week to go there s no sign of him Jay wants Helen to find Wayne and find him fast there s a lot of money riding on this and a lot of people stand to lose big time if the tour gets canned.Helen can t help but end up intrigued She falls in love with Wayne s place, painted and decorated exactly to her tastes, had she been able to afford it She s distrustful of the other band members who all seem to have various things riding on this tour and things they might not be telling her And most of all she doesn t trust Jay Parker she hates Jay Parker, even if he does feel sorry for what happened between them a year ago.Helen s personal life is also in a bit of a tangle she s met a man named Artie that she fancies rotten only Artie comes with the added complication of three children, one of which hates her guts and an ex wife named Vonnie who is alarmingly all too present in Artie s day to day life Helen isn t the domestic type, so she s okay with the fairly separate lives at first but she finds herself wondering where she stands in the life of a man who already has one And lurking at the back of her mind is the blackness she thought she d beaten, a dark depression that threatens to rear its head again and drag her back down under.I love Marian Keyes I d read that woman s grocery list I ve read and adored all her novels but the Walsh sister s books are my favourites, in particular Rachel s Holiday and Anybody Out There This is the fifth and final Walsh sister book, the story of the youngest sister Helen, a periphery but forceful character in the previous books Helen was well known for her sharp tongue and even Keyes herself mentioned in interviews she was frightened of writing Helen s story because she is such a formidable character, even in books that weren t about her However Helen s story is finally here and I regarded it with equal parts excitement and anticipation Would I be able to like Helen as a protagonist The short answer is yes Helen is smart and funny but still retains her disdain for people and most things in general She has a Shovel List It sof a conceptual thing It s a list of all the people and things I hate so much that I want to hit them in the face with a shovel Various things on the Shovel List are hot drinks doesn t believe in them , Birkenstocks, all types of music doesn t trust girls who like music , any type of spiritual New Age book or CD and people who shudder and say EWWWW Helen is still as grumpy as she ever was but Keyes manages to soften and humanise her with the fact that Helen suffers from depression Keyes own battle with depression is something that has been well documented through interviews and it s obvious she draws upon her own experiences in the past to help flesh out Helen s There s some truly chilling descriptions, such as.But I knew it wasthan that Blackness was rising inside me, rolling up from my gut like an oily poison, and a heavier outside blackness was compressing me, like I was descending in a lift.andI ve heard people say that having depression is like being hounded by a big black dog Or like being encased in glass It was different for me I feltlike I d been poisoned Like my brain was squirting out dirty brown toxins, polluting everything my vision and my taste buds and most of my thoughts.Helen often thinks about ending her life within the book regular readers of the Walsh sisters books will remember what a strong and forceful, confident character she was so Keyes has used her as a gentle reminder that anyone can be struck down by this Helen will readily admit that she s close to her family they have an unconventional relationship, but they re close She s pursuing things with Artie, taking it slowly And she loves her job Her home life or childhood was not traumatic or a catalyst It s not the spiral into the economic depression that fueled hers, the depression that resides with in her over the course of this novel is recurring something she thought that she d beaten once before and she s devastated that it has come back She isn t sure she has the strength to keep fighting these feelings, to face the knowledge that it could be months, even years before they go away And that even if they go away, there s no guarantee they ll never be back.The Mystery Of Mercy Close is such a multi layered novel On the surface it s an innocent story of Helen searching for a boyband member who has up and disappeared but dig a little deeper and it s so muchthan that The mystery itself is truly enjoyable and quite unexpectedly complex as Helen deals with dissolute and ego maniacal boyband members, Wayne s suitably distraught family and an underground personality named Harry who seems to have a vested interest in Wayne s reappearance There s also Helen s personal life Keyes went a heck of a different route than I expected her to go, romantically, with Helen and it really works Artie and his family are well fleshed out characters with enough distance to make you wonder whether or not he and Helen can really make a go of it or is he looking like heading back into the arms of Vonnie, his apparently friendly ex wife And then there s Jay Parker, who clearly has a history with Helen, but what is it Will they sort out their differences This book has been worth every minute of the wait Anybody Out There the previous Walsh sister book was published in 2006 so fans have been waiting 6 long years for Helen s story two other novels have been published in that time, This Charming Man and The Brightest Star In The Sky, taking a break from the Walsh girls and also Saved By Cake, Keyes story of finding solace in baking and Keyes has delivered on all levels Helen keeps her acerbic and grumpy nature, but she s not so unpleasant when you re peeking into her own life as she was about everybody else s There s a lot of laughs in this book but it retains a serious core, of looking at an important issue, highlighting and addressing it, stripping it bare for people to see, experience and try and understand It works What can I say, I m a huge fan of Walsh sisters.


About the Author: Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes born 10 September 1963 is an Irish novelist and non fiction writer, best known for her work in women s literature She is an Irish Book Awards winner Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages She became known worldwide for Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes including domestic violence and alcoholism.


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