Book Twenty Two 2014:
Can Anybody Help Me? by Sinéad Crowley
First things first – I will be astonished if someone hasn’t made this into a 4 part thriller for d’telly in the next year or so.
It centres on a women with a young child who chats regularly with a number of women on a popular internet forums for mums. One of them goes missing… And then another… And then she has to try to convince a pregnant detective that there is no coincidence involved.
Again, as with so many other books I’ve had land on my desk this year this probably isn’t something I would have chosen for myself on a trip to the bookshop (notwithstanding the fact that I know Sinéad – she’s RTE’s Arts & Media correspondent and a first-time author). Again, I’m so glad that it did.
Can Anybody Help Me is alternately creepy, honest, breakneck, unsettling and reeking with the reality of modern Ireland. There is one great “what if” moment in here at the beginning that she’s turned into a thriller that will make internet users that reveal a bit too much very, very unsettled…
This isn’t out in shops until May – keep an eye out for it.