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Death of a Mermaid

by Lesley Thomson

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Relationship Stories Thriller and Suspense

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Stuffed full of captivating drama, wiles, and deception this is a thoroughly entertaining read. When Freddy returns home after 22 years she knows that old childhood alliances have deteriorated, so who can she trust when everything starts to go wrong? This is a standalone read from Lesley Thomson, if you love her successful Detective’s Daughter series, then you should definitely put this to the top of your reading list. The prologue nails intrigue and suspense to the mast, setting the tone for what is to come. The title stayed in my mind as the first few pages opened. Give yourself time to get to know all of the characters, each chapter is headed by one of them, and there are a fair few to meet. I settled into the conversational tone, which changes with the characters, occasionally unsettling with its staccato style. The coast and fishing community is vibrantly evocative. The drama ramps up before seriously kicking off and Lesley Thomson set my mind conspiring against itself. Death of a Mermaid is a stimulating read, the characters weave their way through the plot which spins to a dramatic conclusion.

Liz Robinson

Death of a Mermaid Synopsis

Freddy Power walked out of her childhood home twenty-two years ago, and swore never to return. But now she's back, helping run her family's fishery in Newhaven in the wake of her mother's death.

It feels as if time has stood still. The morning mist hanging over the reed beds, the ghost river that no longer leads to the sea, the subterranean light slanting into her mother's grotto-like living room. The only thing that's really changed is her childhood friendship with Toni and Mags. The three of them were once inseparable. Now, after decades of silence, they feel like strangers.

Freddy is not planning to be in Newhaven for long. But when Mags goes missing, old secrets – and old passions – are reignited. Freddy is determined to stay and find her friend. Even if it means confronting the past, and facing up to the truth about her family.

Death of a Mermaid Press Reviews

'Full of atmosphere and a creeping sense of menace ... A remorseless thriller' Elly Griffths.

'In the best traditions of the classic whodunnit, this is Midsomer Murders for grown-ups' Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express.

'One of the most original characters in British crime fiction ... Thomson's plots are original and she draws her characters with genuine affection' Sunday Times.

'Gloriously well-written ... Thomson creates a rich and sinister world that is utterly unique' William Shaw.

'A clever mystery plot ... Its excellence is in the characters, all credible and memorable' Literary Review.

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ISBN: 9781788549714
Publication date: 07/05/2020
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781788549707
Publication date: 07/05/2020
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Ebook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788549707
Publication date: 7th May 2020
Author: Lesley Thomson
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Ebook
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,

About Lesley Thomson

Lesley Thomson was born in 1958 and grew up in London. She went to Holland Park Comprehensive and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was published in 2013 and sold over 300,000 copies.   Author photo © Emily Andersen

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