A desperate childhood. An uncertain past. One chance at happiness ...
Born into poverty and living under the roof of her violent and abusive brother-in-law, young Kitty Cox dreams of working in a women's dress shop in the West End - a million miles away from the reality of her life as a mud-lark, scavenging on the banks of the Thames.
Fate soon intervenes and Kitty finds
I want to give her more than a 3 but I just cant.
I love Dilly's books. I really do. The genre is one of my favorites and she is one of the best at putting it across (not quite on the level of Audrey Howard though) The world she transports you into is more familiar with each book. Her stories are always well told, I love her writing style. Mermaids Singing is just as much a page turner as the others I have read. I consumed it with great gusto.
BUT and its a g...more
All the characters had their good and bad points, and I think that throughout the book you get to understand the motives behind all the characters actions. Speaking of said characters, I loved Kitty the main character, she was refreshing as she thought for herself and didn't let any...more
The books was quite good until around page 180. I enjoyed Kitty's story for the most part, though I hated her brother-in-law with every ounce of my soul. I thought the assault scenes against Kitty were too graphic, and should have been toned down; Kitty was only 14 the first time around, and it really bothered me that the author was so detailed.
I don't wa...more