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
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"Love the story not so keen on the narrator"
I know this isn't everyone's favourite MK but I've always liked this book. I don't know just not so keen on the narrator for this book the other narrators are better for her books.
"Loved it, my fav Marian Keyes book"
Loved the characters, storyline and structure. It was very true to reality when dealing with depression and anxiety, I could totally relate. But the book comes together with wit and fantastic awkward funny moments, have read 3 times and will read again! The narrator is brilliant!
Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. had read the book a few years ago but this didn't make any difference to my enjoyment.
I have read all of Marian Keynes books and will definitely be listening to another of her audiobooks soon.
The best of the Walsh family books so far very enjoyable light reading . Will make you laugh and cry . Mammy Walsh is still the star !
"Took me a while to get into"
It took me a while to get into this and it's not my favourite of Marian Keyes books. I didn't enjoy the narrator's voice much which may have been part of my enjoyment of the story.
"Windy and pretentious"
Struggled to get to chapter 39 (out of 72) but could not take any more!
"Funny, entertaining and dry..."
Another book I loved and expect to hate! I thought Marian Keyes was just another terrible chic lit writer, but actually, this was brilliant. Easy to listen to, well read and dealt with depression in an interesting, realistic and heartbreakingly funny way. Good all rounder
"As good as always"
As usual with all Marian Keyes books this is a mixture of poignancy and humour. The exploration of depression was excellent and realistic. It was also fabulous to catch up with the Walsh family again.
"Eventually a very good listen"
It took some getting into. I began not liking the main character at all but eventually listening to her struggles with depression while trying to live 'normally' it grew on me. The way she tried to cope was very good and I think it would make a good read for anyone who wants to understand what it is like to have 'ordinary depression' while at the same time had a plot that also kept me listening.
"Rush to the end"
Don't listen if you want to relax. The whole book is a rush by the narrator to get it finished. The story is good but you will be exhausted, could be so much better slower.
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