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The Mystery of Mercy Close: A Novel (Walsh…
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The Mystery of Mercy Close: A Novel (Walsh Family Book 5) (editie 2013)

door Marian Keyes (Auteur)

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"As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world--at thirty-three, she has her job as a private investigator that has proven less than fruitful and after losing her flat, she's moved back in with Mammy Walsh. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help him locate Wayne Diffney, the recently disappeared fourth member of Ireland's biggest mid-nineties boy band, Laddz. Of the five Laddz, the Talented One has long gone on to better things, but the Cute One, the Gay One, and the Other One are all busily shunning carbs and rehearsing their reunion tour, and it's Helen's job to track down Wayne, the Wacky One. Wayne hasn't left a trace, and Helen throws herself into the search wholeheartedly, leaving no stone unturned while watching her own life slowly fall apart, one unpaid bill at a time."--Container.… (meer)
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Titel:The Mystery of Mercy Close: A Novel (Walsh Family Book 5)
Auteurs:Marian Keyes (Auteur)
Info:Plume (2013), 401 pages
Verzamelingen:Gelezen, maar niet in bezit
Waardering:****
Trefwoorden:Geen

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Well I have to say after loving every novel in the Walsh Sister novels this latest one was a dud for me.

Focusing on the character of Helen Walsh, I thought was a good idea since I wondered about her, and the contradictions of how she behaved sometimes with her family.

Helen is the youngest of the Walsh sisters. Oftentimes brass and humorless she at the age of 33 has settled down into a life of being a private investigator. Working on a new job courtesy of her ex-boyfriend she is supposed to help find Wayne Diffney, a member of Ireland's biggest boy bands from the 90s. If that wasn't enough, Helen is also trying to juggle her boyfriend and his family.

I honestly found so many things wrong with this novel I don't know where to begin. For me, the signs of a good read is if I feel engaged the whole time and find that the narrative flows. This novel ultimately was boring and several times I fell asleep while reading it.

First, I found that the plot zig-zagged all over the place and was interwoven with Helen's medical issues in the past and present. Often times I would read and somehow Helen would be talking about her investigating and then flash-backing to when she dated her ex-boyfriend. It was maddening. I wish that Marian Keyes had just told the story from the past up to the present or just flash-backed once in a while and/or at least made the flashbacks sensible.

Second, when you read about why her former relationship ended it was just beyond stupid. I thought it be some big, dark, ugly thing (Ms. Keyes hinted at it in the novel) but instead it just ended up being a non-starter.

Third, and for me since I am a long time fan, you don't really get updates on any of the other sisters' besides Claire and Margaret. And what you do get is fairly superficial (at least it was to me) about their lives. Additionally, I wanted some back-story on everyone not just random throw away lines here and there on Rachel and Anna.

I suggest that if you really want to find out what has being going on with the Walsh sisters' in the intervening years see Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family: A Penguin Special from Viking. Somehow in a shortened format this novel actually did catch you up with former characters's.

I would only recommend if you want to find out the latest with all of the Walsh family, otherwise just skip this and definitely don't read this novel first. You should start with Watermelon and work your way through all of the Walsh sister novels in sequential order. Otherwise this one will be even more nonsensical than it already is without reading those novels first. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
this review is for the audiobook edition, narrated by niamh daly.

so.... hmmm. marian keyes is often quite clever in how she seems to present lighter entertainment with her novels, when she is actually offering stories with depth, dealing with some big issues. unfortunately, i really struggled with this story. daly has a good voice, but i found the pacing and theatrical choices too frantic. i fully get that the story incorporates a deadline, on top of writing about mental health issues - so that adds, certainly, an urgency/stress and unpredictability. but the flow ended up feeling really clunky. i am actually wondering if reading this one on paper would have been a better approach? ( )
  JooniperD | Feb 18, 2019 |
I'd not read a Marian Keyes novel before, but thought I'd give one a chance having liked her voice on Twitter. That voice is certainly on display in The Mystery of Mercy Close, but it's far less charming here.

The main character, Helen Walsh, is a private investigator in her early 30s who's fallen on hard financial times thanks to the economic recession. Out of desperation, she accepts a job from her ex, Jay, who is organising the reunion of a washed-up '90s boyband but has mislaid one of the members just days before a vital reunion gig. Helen launches into this missing-person investigation, all while navigating the on-set of clinical depression and the early days of a relationship with a divorced dad.

So far so intriguing, but while there are some occasionally funny bits I found myself increasingly exasperated with The Mystery of Mercy Close the more I read of it. First, the "mystery" is just far too easy to figure out—and I'm never one to guess who/whydunnit. I shouldn't spend most of the book reminding Helen of the very simple evidence that points out where Wayne is.

But beyond that, even allowing for the effects of a depressive episode, Helen just seemed like an asshole, the kind who's smugly convinced that shunning of mainstream anything is proof of her own uniqueness. There was the distinct whiff of Keyes ladling just a bit more quirk onto her character (and indeed, onto most of the characters in the book) than they could support and retain any claim to verisimilitude.

And then there were the nasty strains of racism/Islamophobia, transphobia, and homophobia throughout which I think we were supposed to find... endearing? funny? "authentically Irish"? I just found them distasteful. ( )
  siriaeve | Jul 25, 2017 |
Spectacularly good. Made me belly laugh and sob. Helen has long been my favourite Walsh sister so was delighted that she got a book all of her own.

Who knew it would be so deep? Her depression was handled with subtlety, humour and the skill of a writer who may just have considered going for a swim weighed down with tinned strawberries. A beautiful book which made me cry to finish it, for all the right reasons. ( )
  boobellina | Jul 12, 2017 |
Spectacularly good. Made me belly laugh and sob. Helen has long been my favourite Walsh sister so was delighted that she got a book all of her own.

Who knew it would be so deep? Her depression was handled with subtlety, humour and the skill of a writer who may just have considered going for a swim weighed down with tinned strawberries. A beautiful book which made me cry to finish it, for all the right reasons. ( )
  boobellina | Jul 12, 2017 |
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"As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world--at thirty-three, she has her job as a private investigator that has proven less than fruitful and after losing her flat, she's moved back in with Mammy Walsh. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help him locate Wayne Diffney, the recently disappeared fourth member of Ireland's biggest mid-nineties boy band, Laddz. Of the five Laddz, the Talented One has long gone on to better things, but the Cute One, the Gay One, and the Other One are all busily shunning carbs and rehearsing their reunion tour, and it's Helen's job to track down Wayne, the Wacky One. Wayne hasn't left a trace, and Helen throws herself into the search wholeheartedly, leaving no stone unturned while watching her own life slowly fall apart, one unpaid bill at a time."--Container.

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