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May 17, 2014




It was crazy really, Yvonne had never met this young woman, and 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.

Having recently moved from London to Ireland, lonely and struggling to cope with a new baby, Yvonne turns to an online forum, netmammy, for support. Drawn into a community of new mothers, she spends increasing amounts of time online and volunteers more and more information about herself.

When one of the mothers disappears, Yvonne feels something is wrong, but dismisses her fears. After all, how well did she really know her?. Then as the body of a young woman with striking similarities to her missing friend is found, Yvonne begins to suspect that their close-knit community is in danger. Can she persuade Sergeant Claire Boyle, who is herself about to go on maternity leave, to take her seriously before it’s too late.

paperback Published 15th May 2014

published by quercus


I really enjoyed this story. I thought the story and the layout was a little different that makes this novel stand out.

Can Anybody Help Me is about Yvonne and Gerry who have recently moved from London to Dublin in Ireland.

As Yvonne is a mum she feels slightly cut off with no friends.  Yvonne decides to join an online forum , netmammy for support. The netmummies are together when needed, they post messages to each other giving each other advice.

Yvonne really feels like she knows them. She talks online to woman and has no idea of her name, but thought of her as the closest thing she had as a friend in Dublin.

While Yvonne is watching the news one evening with Gerry there is news flash about a young woman of twenty-six from Dublin that has disappeared and who has a child of twenty-two months old.

Yvonne seems to think that this woman was a friend of hers on the netmummies  parenting forums, as there is one mum who Yvonne has sent messages to but got no reply.

I think that Melissa Hill’s review on the front cover of this book is very right I agree with Melissa. Can Anybody Help Me? is brilliantly original and truly riveting story, full of well-crafted characters and a shocker of a twist that you will not see coming.  Once you start reading this. you will not be able to stop.

About the author

Sinead Crowley is Art and Media Correspondent for RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster. She lives in Dublin with her husband and two young sons,


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One Comment
  1. I already coveted a copy of this one but your review has made my mind up. I’m intrigued about the layout…

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