Review  - The Mystery of Mercy Close (Penguin Books)

ISBN 978-0-718-15532 -2

Published  - October 2013

Author - Marian Keyes (Ireland)

Genre – Chick Lit 

My Rating: 2.5/5

'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 boy-band 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.'

The story begins with Rachel having to give up life as she knows it, including her treasured little apartment. Rachel has decided to move back in with her blissfully unaware parents. 

Rachel's business has all but failed, she is knee deep in debt, heading down a dark path into a depressive episode and a past that she thought she would never have to revisit. The sudden arrival of Jay Parker , an ex-boyfriend and a supposed 'thief' who tempts Rachel with a new case (and memories)at double her fee, an offer she cannot refuse.All of which may pose a threat to Rachel's current and rather strange relationship with her current boyfriend Artie.

Defying reason and good sense Rachel takes the case to find this missing person (a past Irish superstar), embarking on a journey which proves to be an almost parallel reality to her own, a downward spiral into depression and emotional discord.

The outcome is rather long in presenting itself, not at all surprising but sprinkled with a few novel happy moments.

Having read quite a few of Marian Keyes previous novels such as Sushi for beginners and Rachel's Holiday I had quite high expectations of this book, yet I found it rather drawn out. 

Some of the so called mysteries I had figured out long before the conclusion of the book, and thus found it rather frustrating at times.

Overall Marian Keyes  is still an iconic writer of women's literature and I enjoy her quirky Irish humor. I have come to realize however that I personally seen to prefer a more fast paced style of writing.

** SNL - Warning there is Sex , Nudity and Bad Language 

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