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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  323 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Evan is entranced by the alluring song of the beautiful naked woman he saw in the surf one lonely night. But this is no mere seductress. She is a siren, one of the legendary sea creatures who prey on unsuspecting men. And she has claimed Evan as her next lover.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 6th 2011 by Dorchester Publishing Trade (first published January 1st 2010)
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This is the first novel by John Everson that I've read. I will be reading more!

Evan and his wife Sarah have lost their 12 year old son in a drowning incident. The stress of the loss of their only child results in their relationship drifting apart...Sarah likes to drown herself in alcohol and Evan likes to torture himself by walking up and down the beach every night. The very same beach at which his son drowned.

During one of these nightly walks, Evan hears a beautiful song. Following it, he find
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John Everson's haunting and erotic tale takes an ages old myth and injects it into modern times, coupled with flashbacks to a hundred years previous, as to fill in the back story of the Siren. Evan and Sarah lost their teenage son to a drowning accident a year ago, and haven't recovered fully from that terrible tragedy. Sarah spends most nights getting drunk at the town seaside dive bar...and Evan walks the beach, and dutifully picks up his wife. Until one night, on the beach, he hears the haunt ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
This review originally posted at The Bibliosanctum

First off, I'd like to say that I am likely not this novel's intended audience. That will have a lot to do with my rating.

In this book, the main character Evan walks the beach every night grieving for his son who drowned in an accident more than a year ago, until one night he is drawn to the voice of a beautiful naked woman singing on the rocks by the ocean. I'm well-versed enough in my mythology to know that Sirens are mysterious and seductive c
Sep 14, 2011 Keith rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: kindle
In the study of fiction, we talk about "the willing suspension of disbelief." It, along with imagination, is what the reader brings to the novel. It helps produce the trance we enter as we read, allows us to SEE the story rather than just READ it. Unfortunately, around the 75% mark, Everson took Siren in a direction that broke me out of my willing suspension of disbelief; he took it in a direction I couldn't follow. Consequently, the final quarter of the book was difficult to complete. Preferrin ...more

'Siren' is as much horror as it is about loss and longing. For Evan and his wife Sarah, life hasn't been the same since their son drowned. Sarah seeks comfort at the bottom of a bottle while Evan seeks solitude and silence at night taking beach walks along the same stretch of ocean that claimed his son. It's during one of these late night sojourns, that Evan stumbles across the mythical Siren. A hauntingly beautiful women whose desire is matched by those entangled in her serenade.

What started w
I am just not sure where the praise for this book came from. Clearly I must have read a different copy of this book. I can not even begin to say how stupid this book is. The dialogues between characters come right out of a cheesy made for tv movie. The ending is beyond stupid. The characters never grew - they were lame and honestly I could have thrown them all in the ocean and done away with them including the main character. What a wimp. It is pathetic. John Everson goes back and forth in this ...more
Bridget Blackwood
I latched onto Siren when I saw it sitting on the bookshelf because a murderous mermaid is such a fantastic plot. Romance is my usual poison of choice for reading, but as I love horror movies I'm not unopposed to reading a horror novel. The villain in Siren was true to the mythology of her kind, is she really evil or just the way she was made to be? I had sympathy for the hero, he was in a situation you can't crawl back out of. Sirens are the original crazy girlfriend.

For me, there was too much
Steve Isaak
Siren is a fun B-flick horror novel that sports a big sense of humor. In order to fully enjoy it (as I didn't), one should be okay with the fact that its lead character's supernatural obsession with the Siren (Ligeia) strains credulity. If you can get past that, you'll probably enjoy this book a lot.

What kept me reading Siren - which would made an excellent novella - was its fast-paced plot, its sometimes-funny dialogue (I love Evan's verbal exchanges with his friend Bill) and Everson's overall
This is a third book by John Everson that I've read. All of them have been very entertaining. He seems to have a very unique blend of erotisism and horror, while never neglecting characters development or action. Evan does cry a lot, but he has a lot to cry about. His life is a mess, his son is dead, and he is not particularly discriminating about his affair with what may be a lethal mythological creature. Fast paced, fast read, took me about 4 hours, a lot of fun. Recommended.
I really got caught up in this one, although I didn't care for the ending. I hadn't heard a tale about a siren since high school! I think Everson did it about as fine as anyone could, a haunting tale that drags you deeper and deeper into the belly of the beast.
Different, interesting story line. Writing fast paced. But the major critique I have with this (actually on the fence between 2 or 3 stars) is that I really felt like I was reading a "guy's" book. It was very "dude-like" if that can be a description. Lots of sex, which I do not mind reading at all and considering the story of the Siren, would be inevitable BUT it was sex described by a guy - ie, a women's butt is describes at two perfect GLOBES:0 I'm not a prude but felt like there was a lot of ...more
I picked this up during one of the monthly kindle book sales on a whim, and am I glad I did! This book was simultaneously terrifying and electrifying. The flip-flop between fear and titillation was a truly delightful reading experience, and it came with a well thought-out plotline and delicious settings to boot.

Evan is not a likeable guy. In fact, Ligeia, the Siren, is more likable than he is, and she routinely rips people’s throats out with just her teeth. But disliking Evan works for the story
William M.

Although John Everson's debut novel, "Covenant", is his best book, "Siren", is a close second. Everson has always been a solid writer and probably among the top 25 in the horror genre. But this new book has certainly reaffirmed his talent, moving him up a notch or two. If this were a movie, the sales pitch would be "Splash" meets "Fatal Attraction", only a lot darker, with a lot more sex. It is well written and has a refreshingly original story that should re-energize a lot of ho
Scott Johnson
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John Everson has a strange fascination with the water and tragedy. His books Covenant and Sacrifice are a testament to the fact that whenever people get near a big open area of water, someone dies, and it's never pretty. This time around, death floats with an old sailor's myth, the Siren, and the result is a book that's one part gruesome, one part tragedy, and one part erotic thriller.

Siren's lead character, Evan, lost his son to the ocean in an accident for wh
This was my first book by Everson, and I really, really wanted to like it. The opening section of the book, maybe the first 50 or 60 pages had my expectations sky high. It was beautifully written and poetic. Then it sort of... falls apart. The narrative becomes kind of, well, clunky. There isn't a whole lot of suspense, as the Siren's actions are predictably described over and over again. Whenever a character meets the Siren, she is described at length using almost the exact same language as the ...more
John Everson gives center stage to an ancient and deadly sea goddess in his latest novel Siren. In this haunting tome Everson explores the psychology of fear and seduction in the old port town of Delilah, California. Although a Midwesterner like myself, Everson is able to bring this seaside town to life evoking the sounds, smells, and tastes of the ocean to luminous effect. In Delilah, salt hangs “in the air like a fog” and “the taste of the ocean is warm and alive in her throat.” In his acknowl ...more
I came into reading this book with expectations of some love story. Of the saddened main character finding true and missing love with the siren. Her finding some kind of redemption through love. I was fresh off some happy fantasy books.

This book knocked me on my ass so to speak. It was not a beautiful story. It was a tragic emotional story. One of tragic unexpected loss, and a dark kind of love.

The first read through, i was so emotionally stunned at this very dark book that i gave it a lower rat
A. E. S.
This novel is shelved as "horror", but it didn't scare me at all. The dialogue is pretty hokey, although Everson does a fair job at the Siren's eroticism - he could certainly write a much better romance or erotic whip-and-leather if he made the attempt.

The plot was VERY contrived and predictable; I almost feel like the idea was far better than its execution. Somebody else should have written this book, maybe Anne Rice. Nothing in this book surprised or enlightened me in the least, especially not
Adam Wilson
Siren was my first Everson read and it was fun enough for an easy three-star rating. My biggest problem with the book was the constant sex scenes. I seriously lost

count after a while because, whether in the frequent flashbacks to the 1800s or in the present, the siren was getting it on with various victims. This is interesting

for, maybe, two scenes, and after that it just feels like Everson was really trying to shock his readers or stretch his novel. I felt like both were happening at once

Ingrid Foster
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Candice Mckinney
Evan and Sarah have lost their only child, a son the year before and both are still dealing with their grief in different ways. Evan walks the beach every night. He was there when his son drown and was unable to help him because Evan is afraid of the water. He will not even take a bath because of his fear of water, only showers. Sarah spends the night on a bar stool until Evan goes to get her every night. One night while walking on the beach and singing a song that Evan and his son enjoyed Evan ...more
Aug 29, 2010 Jamey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jamey by: Leisure
After reading John's last Leisure release "The 13th", purchasing this one was a no brainer. I don't want to give too much away, but its about a guy named Evan and his wife Sarah and the grief they're dealing with after losing a son. Sarah deals with the pain by trying to drink it away with alcohol, while Evan wanders the beach re-living what happened to their son. He soon meets Ligeia (the siren) and an ill-fated relationship begins. Again, I don't want to give too much away, but I'll say this, ...more
Alex Bough
Like a few other reviews I've read I'll start by saying this was my introduction to Everson's work and like many others, I was not disappointed. Not as much gore as you'd expect from say a Curran or Lee novel but the story flows from present day to the late 19th century rather seamlessly. In all, good character development, a flowing story and the odd twist or two thrown in for good measure. An easy 4 stars!
Tony Strong
I decided to give this book a try and was not disappointed. I hadn't ever read anything by John Everson before and Siren was a good introduction to the author.
Rhiannon Frater
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Fun B-movie style horror story. Full of sex, death and gore. If this is your thing, you'll enjoy it. If it isn't, why are you reading this?
Enjoyable bit of escapism. Everson certainly writes well and his descriptive prose helped to bring life to an improbable story.
Daniel Drago
This has been my least liked Everson book so far. I really liked the premise but to me it seemed that the plot didn't move along fast enough. The main character Evan I really wanted to like and care about but I just couldn't because of some of his actions in the book. I really wish that there were either more side plots (the plot aboard the ship I enjoyed more than the main story) or actual flashback scenes with Evan's son would have made the book more interesting. The Psychologist's role in the ...more
Yet another great novel by John Everson. A novel about a siren--cannot be that easy to pull off, yet John Everson does it. This a some what heart wrenching horror story about a couple who loses their son to a surfing accident. We go through their struggles a year later, both broken, both wanting to be better and yet not exactly knowing how. And we have a history of a siren who makes her life upon these waters, beautiful and deadly, and everything man needs. Totally recommended.
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John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Covenant, Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren and The Pumpkin Man, all released by Dorchester/Leisure Books in paperback and by Delirium, Necro and Bad Moon Books in limited hardcover. His sixth novel, NightWhere, was a 2012 Bram Stoker Award Finalist. The Family Tree, NightWhere and Violet Eyes, his "creepy spider novel" were released from ...more
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