The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Marian Keye's heartbreaking stunner of a novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close, read by the actress Niamh Daly.
"I employ this thing called The Shovel List." "A shovel...?" "No. A Shovel List. It's more 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 One. It'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 away...But 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?
©2012 Marian Keyes (P)2012 Penguin Books Limited
"The mystery of mercy close"
I have just started this book and to be honest I'd rather have a tooth pulled. I have read all of M Keyes books loved them all!!! This novel is really hard work I'm not sure if it's the narrator her voice is awful highly irritating. Her depiction of the characters are flat boring and the male characters sound very similar.
I've given it one star as I said it's a struggle to press play to listen to a lifeless story. Maybe if I was reading this myself the characters would jump off the page as with her other novels. Listen to sample before you buy I say.
"What an eye opener"
Quite an intriguing read, some dark places visited. Made me read more about mariane Keyes, and realised that she was writing from her own experiences. This made it all the more interesting. Amazing scarf reference/rant, and I agree...... You can NEVER have too many scarves!
"Really quite funny and captivating!"
With Mammy Walsh making an appearance as a fav character of Marian Keys this was actually really funny whilst still thought provoking on the taboo subject of mental health, but it managed to be quite light hearted at the same time. I looked forward to being out & about in my car as that's when I got to really listen!! Brilliantly narrated to by a lovely Irish accent :)
"The only thing that has ever got me running!"
I have been trying to run for about 20 years. I've never succeeded, until I downloaded Helen Walsh's story. Hard though it was, I only allowed myself to listen to it whilst I was running...
I've just finished the book able to run for 30 minutes and I am eternally grateful to Marian Keyes (and Helen)
To be fair, I do enjoy Marian Keyes, and have loved each and every one of the Walsh sisters stories (I'm gutted that Helen was the last one to be told)
I found the pace of the story, and the narration just right to keep me engaged.
Really enjoyed listening to this book, highly entertaining and excellently read by Niamh Daly, go listen to it now its brilliant
"a bit strange"
I liked this book but it was a bit drawn out and kept twising the plot of the story so every so often you had to think back over what had just hapened with a view to keeping up,overall a good listen that i would recomend
"Marian Keyes at her best"
I have read every Marian Keyes book, although this is my first audible version, and i loved every minute of this one. The stories of the Walsh sisters all explore different aspects of mental problems or addiction, and it is clear that the author understands very well the impact they can have on your life. This is not a depressing book, it's about a girl fighting depression, and anyone who has been there will understand this. The story is a compelling read, it's not a crime novel, it's a story about a girl who is a private investigator and how she works on her case whilst battling with depression. It had me laughing out loud at times, weeping at others, and all the time finding excuses to listen to see what happened next! A real treat for all Marion Keyes fans.
"Very focused on manic depression"
Not as funny as other Marion Keyes books. Too much focus on depression and too little on the plot. A bit rambling in places. Very well read though. All Marion Keyes fans will get it anyway and it's worth a listen, just. I have to confess it made me depressed listening to it, a bit too close to the truth. Not an uplifting book.
I have friends who don't understand depression.
I friends who are depressed and don't understand depression.
Marian clearly does understand depression and this mystery reveals something of that mystery.
Clever, entertaining, well read, captivating and intriguing
This is brilliant :-)
I have always enjoyed Marian Keyes books, but found this to be a difficult listen. It was not just the issue of dealing with depression, the story itself was a bit disjointed and I lost interest in it.
I also found the narrator a bit irritating; but it may be that the story just wasn't that good!
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