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The Mermaid

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The Mermaid by Christina Henry

From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn’t bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he’d heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.

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Christina Henry

Author’s Bio

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.

She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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My Review

5 Stars

Amelia is a mermaid that is bored with the ocean and starts exploring. She ends up caught in a fisherman’s net. She sees the loneliness in his eyes and although he lets her go she decides to turn human and spend time with him. He is her first love and one day disappears at sea. Then she is approached by someone talking about museums and PT Barnum. Amelia decides she wants to see more of the world and joins PT Barnum as the Feejee Mermaid. When Barnum realizes that he has a real mermaid he decides he is going to keep her from escaping him and Amelia realizes that world is not as wonderful as she first thought.

After reading Alice, Red Queen, and Lost Boy I couldn’t wait to see what Christina Henry came up with for the Little Mermaid. Well, this is NOT based on the Disney movie. Amelia is a mermaid that is not content and goes exploring. Of course she gets caught by a fisherman but ends up going back to him and he becomes her first love. This was a wonderful story, one of those that could easily be a HEA. But of course that is not how Henry works. After the loose of the love of her life, Amelia is approached to be a mermaid for PT Barnum. She agrees but quickly learns that Barnum is a shrewd business man and not about to let her go.

I really enjoyed this story about the Feejee Mermaid. I admit that I have never known the true story but I knew enough to identify it as one of Barnum’s attractions. I love how this story progressed and watching Amelia find her place in our world.

This is a great story and one that I recommend checking out. I love how this book is a historical twist on a hoax. It really added another dimension to this tale.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Berkley for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.

As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. Then a bizarre act of violence changes everything.

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Praise for The Night Visitor

“Meticulously plotted suspense…Evocative writing heightens the sense of impending doom created by the tale’s structure…Harrowing.” Publishers Weekly

“[A] sense of unease keeps pushing all the way to the last, intense pages. A reckoning is coming, but why?…With shades of Rebecca and The Secret History, Atkins has produced an eerie page-turner that will have readers guessing from the first.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Brilliant…a ‘cannot turn yourself away’ novel.” —Kate Hamer

‘Put me in mind of Misery, and Rebecca. Splendid.’ —Sarah Hilary

“Creepy, tense and unnerving.”—Sharon Bolton

Lucy Atkins

Author’s Bio

Lucy Atkins is an award-winning author, book critic and features journalist. Her new novel, The Night Visitor, is about celebrity, ambition and lies (Quercus 1 May 2017). Lucy is also the author of the novels The Other Child and The Missing One.

Lucy lives with her husband and three teenaged children in Oxford, UK and has also lived in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Boston. She reviews books for The Sunday Times, and has written features for newspapers such as The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph and magazines such as Red, Woman & Home, Psychologies and Grazia. Lucy has also written several non fiction books, including the Amazon #1 parenting bestseller, First-Time Parent (Collins, 2008).

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My Review

4 stars

Olivia Sweetman has a successful career as a historian and a beautiful husband and three children. But when she sees a flier for the unveiling of the private diary of Anabel Burley, she knows she wants to write a book about Anabel. Vivian Tester is the housekeeper of Anabel’s mansion and agrees to work with Olivia to write the book.

Vivian ends up being the one that does all the work finding everything she can about Anabel. Both women have some deep secrets that the publishing of the book is going to bring to light. All mixed in with the confession of the first woman surgeon that confesses to killing her own husband.

This was a good read that kept me entertained the entire time. I loved the main story of Anabel, that in itself was wonderful. But that can’t be the only thing happening. Especially when you have a socially awkward woman who basically wrote a book that a younger, more open women is receiving all the praise for. Plus who doesn’t have their own secrets that they want to keep close that could hurt them.

This is one book that I recommend checking out. I admit it was not one that I initially would have picked to review but it was a great read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Quercus for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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