The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

The newest release from Marian Keyes and I have to say I was not disappointed. This book is 504 pages long but is so easy to read that it didn’t take me long at all.

Marian Keyes has written other books about the Walsh family so it felt like a bit of a reunion for me. The book is a fantastic read on its own however so don’t feel you have to read the others first, even though you should!

The Mystery of Mercy Close is about a depressive private detective who is hired to find a member of boy band Laddz before their reunion tour. Helen Walsh, said private detective has troubles enough of her own without being hired by her ex boyfriend to find the missing member of a boy band.

As the story unravels we get to see how difficult it is for Helen to function properly in the throes of depression. Marian has been sensitive and polite when it comes to the topic of depression and the book by no means makes light of the fact its difficult to live with, if anything she has opened my eyes to what a sufferer must actually go through every day.

The book isn’t all doom and gloom, there is anger, love, humor and a few fibs here and there which make it another fantastic read. The aspect I liked most is this idea of a ‘shovel list’, it’s a list where you put things you would most like to hit in the face with a shovel if you got the chance, Helen Walsh employs one throughout the book and I have to say I think I’m going to use one too!!

The story is enchanting from start to finish, it also feels very personal to the reader as Marian Keyes uses words that are obviously unique either to her or Ireland. Words like madzer make me laugh and give the book a light-hearted and humorous feel to it, another great read from Marian Keyes.


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