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  • Loved this!

    Once a member of the gang of ‘Mermaids’ at the Catholic school she attended, Freddy Power left her friends and hometown of Newhaven twenty or so years ago, taking a secret with her. A text from Mags - one of the old gang whom she’s not heard from all that time - telling her her mother is ill brings her back home to her estranged family. Toni, another one of the old gang, is now in the police force – and seeing one of Freddy’s brothers – investigating the murder of a fellow pupil. She too has her secrets. After the death of her mother, Freddy is set to leave again, but then Mags goes missing and she decides to stay on and look for her, becoming involved in the family fishing business her brothers inherited from their father. She soon gets caught up in a net of intrigue… (pun intended here); however, Thomson skilfully deploys nautical metaphors throughout (a terror 'tentacled over her, cold and insidious'). I am a huge fan of Lesley Thomson’s Detective’s Daughter series, and this is a gripping and pacy stand-alone novel, which explores the ramifications of childhood experiences on our later life and deals with issues of guilt, (family) secrets and betrayals. The book also has some trademarks of Thomson’s previous work, namely the cleverly plotted story and atmospheric evocation of place, interspersed with gentle humour (in the form of a small pet holiday hotel that Freddy takes over after her mother’s death – Roddy the degu’s care sheet ‘say he bites if you haven’t introduced yourself’). The story is told via short chapters from the point of view of Freddy, Toni and Mags, a device which works really well, as you get not only the build-up of pieces of the current mystery, but different perspectives on the childhood friendships and fallings out and experiences of school days, as well as their very different grown-up attitudes to the church they were brought up in. As always, this is an engaging and satisfying page turner from Lesley Thomson, which I thoroughly recommend.

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  • Totally Absorbing!

    This is one of those books which worms it's way inside your head making you feel that you know know the characters and location so well that you really are part of the story! Frederica Power left the family home over two decades ago; despite having sworn she would never be back she finds herself on her way after receiving a text from an old friend about her mother's poor health. Nothing much has changed on the surface but her two younger brothers have grown up and now run the family fishery whilst Mags and Toni who, with Freddy, made up an inseparable trio are now distant and not overly friendly. Despite planning a quick exit, Freddy finds herself staying in order to speak with Mags who seems to have gone missing . . . Lesley Thomson really knows how to get inside a reader's head and under their skin! As Freddy gets drawn back into life in Newhaven, I found myself there too; trying to work out who to believe, who to suspect and desperate to figure out exactly what was going on! Despite encompassing so much into this book, the story flows seamlessly and is bursting with details. I think - at one time or another - I had almost everyone in my sights for some dastardly deed, but the guilty still came as a bit of a shock. Well-written and totally absorbing, this is a cracking thriller which I was totally immersed in and am very happy to give a full five sparkling stars.

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  • Are the Girls as Innocent 20 years on

    Irish catholic girls, innocent and taking their group name from The Little Mermaid. Once grown up life is less innocent. They meet up in their home town after 20 years. Why? The answer to that is more than a little complicated. Loved it. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I read an advance review copy of the book. This review is voluntary, honest and my own opinion.

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  • Death of a Mermaid

    A different main character and setting to the Detective's Daughter series. Very well researched. An absorbing story.

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  • Different

    This was different than her other books, but a real gripping story.

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