“When Syrenka, a young, headstrong mermaid falls in love with Ezra, a human, she gives up her life in the sea to be with him. She doesn’t realize that this decision will prove deadly. More than a century later, Hester meets a young man named Ezra and is immediately drawn to him. The bond is so strong, it’s almost as if she can’t stay away from him. The problem for Hester is that there’s a curse on her family and the women always seem to die once they fall in love. Hester is determined to find out the reason, but what she doesn’t realize is just how dangerous searching for answers will be.
I must admit that I’ve always been a little indifferent about mermaids, but I loved the original story of The Little Mermaid. As of late, I really haven’t fallen in love with any of the mermaid books I have read. While I wasn’t totally in love with this one either, I will admit that it did hold my attention. There’s a great mix of mystery, action, ghosts and romance to keep things interesting. The mystery surrounding Hester’s family curse intrigued me. There are a lot of characters in this book (mermaids, humans and ghosts in two different time periods), but for the most part, I was able to keep up with who was who.
The writing is very fluid, though it did seem to drag in parts. Ms. Fama’s style is perfectly suited to this story. Somehow she managed to make it feel as if I were floating peacefully in the water while reading. It just had that atmosphere, and I didn’t realize it until about halfway through the book. Another thing that Ms. Fama pulls off well is alternating between two time periods without losing the reader, or breaking up the flow of the story.
With an elegant writing style, Ms. Fama has written an engaging mystery. It will definitely appeal to fans of romance, mermaids and deep family secrets.”