Can Anybody Help me? by Sinead Crowley


Published: May 2014
Publisher: Quercus
Format: eBook

Can Anybody Help Me? was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

I have always liked stories that center around the internet and social media. I heard the Author talk about this book on a morning radio program  and I just knew I had to read it.

Being a new mom can be lonely. Especially for a first timer like Yvonne. You have no experience yet you are just expected to gel into this role.In desperation and she turns to an online parenting / moms forum to find others in her situation. She starts chatting to one woman and the two quickly become "friends". I put the word friends in quotation marks because we never really know who we are speaking to online.

When her friend suddenly stops posting Yvonne assumes that life has gotten in the way however a missing persons report catches her eye. It sounds so similar to the woman she has been chatting to. It can't be her...can it?

Sargent Claire Boyle is a mum to be but she is determined not to be defined by her bump. A body is found in an apartment complex and she is determined to find the killer even though her actions may affect the health of her and her unborn child.  Some may be amazed at how easy Claire was able to find out the identity of the woman from a few simple internet searches but it really is that easy. I think if we all stood back and tallied all of the information we provide to strangers we would be quite shocked.

In fact if someone really wanted to find me and kill me I'm pretty sure they could track me down just by following my online presence. Now that's scary! I think the screen provides a false sense of security and leads us to be more trusting and forthcoming  than we would be in a face to face meeting

The story is told from many different view points. This can sometimes be distracting but each of the characters play a part so it gives a more rounded feeling to the story.  It has the pace of an excitable thriller yet it isn't bogged down by facts like some heavier crime novels can be. This makes for a very enjoyable read.

I am delighted to have found another Irish author to go on my "watch" list.  A highly recommended debut. 


 ★★★★ ☆

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  1. This book sounds really great! Very nice and helpful review!

  2. This sounds like a very cool read and I would like to pick it up. I live in the U.S. but I enjoy reading Irish authors. Thanks!


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