The Mystery of Mercy Close

Title: The Mystery of Mercy Close
Author: Marian Keyes
Publisher: Michael Joseph (Penguin)
ISBN: 978-0-718-15531-5
Year: 2012

Synopsis from publisher:
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.

I expected this book to be an ordinary chick-lit, but after reading it I realised that my assumptions were wrong. I would rather categorise this book as contemporary fiction or cosy mystery. I think I have got this idea, because the former books of Marian Keyes (which I haven’t read) are described as being chick-lit.

Now about the story. What I really liked was the subject. The main character, Helen Walsh, is dealing with a missing person case, but at the same time she is suffering from a depression. I haven’t read much about it before, and although my mum is a psych, I can’t really imagine being depressed. Now I realise that I’m certainly not depressed (we all have our bad moments though). This book isn’t light-hearted, but isn’t heavy either, which I really appreciated.

What I also expected was a big deal on Jay Parker, but to my delight this wasn’t the ordinary love story and in fact Jay Parker isn’t that important as it came to love.
The mystery itself was also very intriguing and I liked the outcome.

I like Keyes’ writing style. The events of the present change fluently into memories of the past, without me really noticing it. Well done!
I certainly recommend this one. A fluent writing style and a nice story on an interesting matter. That’s all I want!





Dutch translation: Ben je gek! is published by The house of books and is out now!


I want to thank the Penguin team for sending me a beautiful hardback copy of this book. I really appreciate it!

5 gedachtes over “The Mystery of Mercy Close

  1. I also thought this would be chick-lit. On the other hand, The Brightest Star in the Sky also seems chick-lit (and may is), but it contains heavy topics, that don’t normally fit into chick-lit. And it’s the same with this book, it seems. Only the covers make you believe it’s pure chick-lit. Well, that’s fine if it attracts readers! It’s good to learn about topics like depression (and alcoholism in the other book, if I remember well). I hope to get my hands on a copy of this book soon!

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