Death of a Mermaid (Paperback)
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Death of a Mermaid (Paperback)

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Published: 01/04/2021
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'Lesley Thomson gets better and better' Ian Rankin.

When Freddy Power was eighteen, her father threw her out. Her sin had been to fall in love with a woman. Freddy waited for two decades to be invited back into the family. The summons never came.

But now, in the wake of her parents' death, Freddy feels the call of home like a siren's song. The ferry from France emerging out of the mist. Fisherman unloading trawlers down at the harbour. Her childhood friends, Mags and Toni, walking on the cliffs at sunset.

Yet when she arrives in Newhaven, she finds that time has not stood still. After twenty-two years of silence, her brothers exclude her, and Mags and Toni feel like strangers. But then Mags goes missing, and old secrets - and old passions - are reignited. Freddy is determined to lead the hunt for the woman who was her first love. Even if it means confronting the past, and facing up to the truth about her family.

Reviews for Death of a Mermaid:

'Catholic guilt, monstrous hypocrisy and all kinds of fishy business are explored in an atmosphere of creeping dread' The Times.

'A truly brilliant book, full of atmosphere and a creeping sense of menace. Lesley Thomson lures you in with meticulously drawn characters and a matchless sense of place, and then you are caught in the jaws of a remorseless thriller' Elly Griffiths.

'A strong sense of place, wonderfully woven with a cast of memorable characters' Mari Hannah.

'Death of a Mermaid is a tense, beautifully written novel, with characters so well-crafted you expect them to walk off the page' Rachael Blok.

'A powerful tale of dark secrets that fester in a small seaside town' William Shaw.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781788549738
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A truly brilliant book, full of atmosphere and a creeping sense of menace. Lesley Thomson lures you in with meticulously drawn characters and a matchless sense of place, and then you are caught in the jaws of a remorseless thriller' Elly Griffiths.
'Characters so well crafted you expect them to walk off the page. Death of a Mermaid is a tense, beautifully written novel' Rachael Blok.
'Lesley Thomson doesn't muck about: three people have popped their clogs before page 40 ... Thomson lets rip in this stand-alone novel. Catholic guilt, monstrous hypocrisy and all kinds of fishy business are explored in an atmosphere of creeping dread ... The climactic shipwreck is deeply impressive' The Times.
'Returning to a childhood home is also at the centre of Lesley Thomson's creepy thriller Death of a Mermaid' Independent.
'This novel examines the inability of the three women to shake off the past and its ugly secrets ... Lesley Thomson is on top form yet again' Shots eZine.
'A strong sense of place, wonderfully woven with a cast of memorable characters' Mari Hannah.
'Powerful and moving and like nothing else you'll read this year, Death of a Mermaid is a brilliant tale of dark secrets that fester in a small seaside town' William Shaw.
'Lesley Thomson gets better and better' Ian Rankin.
'The setting positively sings with realism ... Simple and complex at the same time ... In Death of a Mermaid she creates an entire world, presented in enough detail to make it live, and peopled by meticulously drawn characters who stay in the mind' Mystery People.
'Stuffed full of captivating drama, wiles, and deception this is a thoroughly entertaining read ... Death of a Mermaid is a stimulating read, the characters weave their way through the plot which spins to a dramatic conclusion' LoveReading.
'Thomson deploys her trademark quirky style and character choices, alongside a lyrical descriptive strand evoking the Sussex coastline. An intriguing plot keeps the reader guessing' Sussex Life.
'Original, full of sinister atmosphere and a creeping sense of menace ... Death of a Mermaid has all the trademarks of Thomson's previous work - clever plotting interspersed with gentle humour, well-drawn characters and an atmospheric evocation of place' Crime Review.

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Danni reads all the time

“A fishy tale”

The cover of the book and the cover instant intrigued me into wanting to read this book.

Freddy has been banished by her family and now she must return to her family and home at the news of her mothers ill health.... More

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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... More

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“Innocent Irish Catholic girls - 20 years later”

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... More

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