Title: The Mystery of Mercy Close
Author: Marian Keyes
Pages: EBook 501
Summary: Helen Walsh doesn’t believe in fear – it’s just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good job – 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 – so tight Helen’s had to move back in with her elderly parents – and Jay is awash with cash. The missing person is Wayne Diffney, the ‘Wacky One’ from boyband Laddz. He’s vanished from his house in Mercy Close and it’s vital that he’s found – Laddz have a sell-out comeback gig in five days’ time.
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, even though his ex-wife isn’t quite ‘ex’ enough and his teenage son hates her. 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
My Rating: 9.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The final installment of the Walsh Sisters Series, one which I've been waiting for, for a while now, ended up being well worth the wait. It had all the elements, laughs and tears the previous books by the author had and I think it's safe to say the book will up there as one of my favourite reads of the year.
I enjoyed both the story of Helen's struggles through depression and solving the mystery side as she searched for Wayne. I think the author pulled both stories in together well, as they often complimented each other quite nicely. I didn't clue in to where Wayne was until the end, but I thought it worked out great, and how the it was revealed to both the readers and Helen worked out fantastically. There were many times while reading the book, I was completely immersed in the story and its characters. It definitely was a book that was hard to put down, and it's hard to say whether I enjoyed the plot or characters more.
I always find that Keyes creates some extraordinary characterization throughout her books. This one is no exception. All the character are well rounded, flawed characters who stick with you long after you've finished reading the book. As for Helen, there were times where I became very emotionally invested in her well being. It was heart breaking to see her during her worst, her struggles with depression, and suicidal thoughts. Especially compared to the Helen I saw in the other Walsh sister books. I wanted to jump in the pages and hug her, even if it meant being put on her shovel list.
I did feel the ending was rushed. It was an enjoyable ending, but I wanted to see Helen during her recovery time, especially considering on invested in the character I was. I do understand why the author didn't do this, as we already had a similar story with Rachel, but I still felt that the ending was rushed and something from it was missing.
Otherwise, it was a fantastic read, that I would highly recommend.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. It's one of my favourite books by the author. Helen is a character that I think a lot of readers would become attached to. And it's an overall fun read.
What to read next: Rachel's Holiday, Watermelon, Anybody Out There? and Angels which are the other Walsh sisters books. Rachel's Holiday and Watermelon were personal favourites of mine.