Can Anybody Help Me? By Sinéad Crowley

can anybody help me

blurb from goodreads. com, please scroll down for my review.

It was crazy really, she had never met the woman, had no idea of her real name but she thought of her as a friend. Or, at least, the closest thing she had to a friend in Dublin.

Struggling with a new baby, Yvonne turns to netmammy, an online forum for mothers, for support. Drawn into a world of new friends, she spends increasing amounts of time online and volunteers more and more information about herself.

When one of her new friends goes offline, Yvonne thinks something is wrong, but dismisses her fears. After all, does she really know this woman?

But when the body of a young woman with striking similarities to Yvonne’s missing friend is found, Yvonne realises that they’re all in terrifying danger. Can she persuade Sergeant Claire Boyle, herself about to go on maternity leave, to take her fears seriously?

My Review
ARC from Netgalley.
An interesting book, following the lives of a few women, based in Ireland, who have or are about to have children who are all members on an on-line forum “netmammy”. Very 21st century and a worrying thought of what we write on the Internet and how easy it is to fin out private stuff about others.
The book is well written and enjoyable, specially as it is the authors debut novel, a little slow to start, probably as I found some of the “on line chat” a little boring and unnecessary, but the characters are introduced with just the right amount of information. The plot is well thought out, the details in being a mum are well written. Once it gets going it is page turning and I had not clue has to who was the baddie until the last few pages, which added to it in my opinion.
Not the best of suspense / mysteries books I have read but not a bad one either. I hope to see more of this author as she matures.


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