'Anne Berry is a wonderful writer... from page one, the plotting is heart-in-the-mouth stuff. What more could you ask?' Daily Mail 'Simply heartbreaking... One of the best novels I have read all year' Keith Donohue, New York Times bestselling author Winner of Amazon's 'Rising Stars' competition In the suffocating heat of an historic London heat wave, four young people converge in a tangled web of sexual charm and dangerous passion. Each of their lives has been irrevocably changed by water: the cruel power of the sea, the healing pull of the river, the slow breaking of thin ice. As four lives collide in this tale of betrayal, revenge and redemption, who will succumb this time? Will the power of love finally bring the water children together, or tear them apart? ------------ From the author of The Hungry Ghosts: 'As heart-rending as it is innovative, The Hungry Ghosts heralds Berry as an original new voice in fiction' Time Out 'This is a novel as breezy as the best summer reads, yet secrets and deadly jealousy seethe at its core...engrossing' Daily Mail 'A stunning debut...Epic in scope and voice...so skilfully crafted, and the writing so elegant, it's hard to believe it is a first novel' Globe and Mail
Owen Abingdon is haunted by nightmares of the Merfolk. He believes they have stolen his little sister who vanished while he was meant to be minding her on the beach, but he was only a child himself. Is it fair for his mother to blame him? Catherine Hoyle's perfect Christmas with her cousin from America was blighted when they went skating on thin ice and Rosalyn nearly died. Somehow, instead of being praised for raising the alarm, Catherine gets blamed. Sean Madigan grew up on a farm in Ireland. Learning to swim in the Shannon was his way of escaping the bitter poverty of his childhood, but it also incurred his father's wrath. He flees to England, but his heart belongs to the Shannon and her pulling power is ever near! Unlike the other three, Naomi Seddon didn't fear the sea. She'd been orphaned and placed in a children's home in Sheffield and cruelly abused. The sea offered her a way out and she revelled in its cruel power. The water children meet in London in the searing hot summer of 1976 and Naomi uses her siren's charm to lure Owen, Catherine and Sean into her tangled web of sexual charm and dangerous passion. A holiday in the Tuscan mountains with a flooded reservoir and its legend of the beautiful Teodora who drowned there brings this emotional drama to a powerful climax. Will the power of family, love and redemption finally help the water children conquer their fears and triumph over their childhood traumas?