“I've read all the Walsh Sisters novels, and though this isn't my favorite, Matian Keyes had set herself a daunting task in making Helen a sympathetic protagonist after her often despicable but always hilarious escapades in earlier books. "Mercy Close" doesn't move at the same clip as Keyes' other fiction, with the story often stalled as Helen's descent into a depressive episode is described. Given the author's history with depression, I found this to be a brave and honest account. Now I'm ready for a flat-out farce in your next story, Marian!
*harumph- when I went to tag this, I saw that evidently many readers tagged this as "dysfunctional family." The Walshes? We should all be so lucky.”
“I probably would have enjoyed this book more if it hadn't put me in a bit of a funk. The story was fun, and very different for Keyes. However, it also dealt with depression. I emphasized more with Helen than I should have knowing that it took awhile for Keyes to write this book due to her own depression. It was fun reading about the boyband because it does make you realize there is a formula for creating them. ”Melanie L wrote this review Friday, August 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ No hurry to finish this book- just to enjoy it! Good unusual plot, good characters, excellent on mental health. A delight Thank You Marian.”Cathy S wrote this review Saturday, July 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I always like Marian Keyes's books. This one was good. I loved how it ended. The depression part was very intense. I wasn't sure about this book until the last third. I would recommend it if you have read some of her other books. I wouldn't start with this one since it is not as upbeat (however it is humorous).”annie g wrote this review Thursday, July 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Helen Walsh is such a wonderfully developed character. At first I thought this was going to be an Irish Stephanie Plum novel, but it was so much more. ”Carolyn F wrote this review Sunday, June 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have always enjoyed this authors books, but this one not so much. Helen Walsh is a private investigator suffering from depression with suicidal tendencies. The mystery was a pretty good one, but all the personal stuff - not so much.”Kathy D wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this is on my summer booklist”Ashley wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great holiday reading. It was interesting enough to keep me wondering during a looong trip, yet fun enough to let me enjoy myself and let the time zoom by.
Helen always seemed like the most interesting Walsh Sister to me, and now she's finally got her own story.”
“An interesting and original detective story with a psychological twist. A nice and addictive read but not a book/story that really sticks.”Elisabeth wrote this review Monday, May 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fab! I virtually devoured this book. The author is back on top form after the disappointment of The Brightest Star in the Sky, her last book. Involving, funny , moving and deals realistically and sensitively with the darker aspects of life. ”Alison1965 wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No