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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  522 ratings  ·  86 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.

Night after night, Evan walked along the desolate beach, grieving over the loss of his son, drowned in an accid
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by 47North (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Wow, what an intriguing read. Evan's son drowned and he and his wife still are in sorrow a year later. Sarah, his wife, is starting to drink. Evan starts an affair with an incredibly beautiful woman he meets at the beach. She's nude and very alluring. They regularly meet for having sex. But who is she and what are her aims? Parallel you read the happenings on the Lady Luck, a vessel, that sank in 1887 near the coast of Delilah, the town the novel is set in. Is it possible that the same woman als ...more
Gianfranco Mancini

Not bad at all, the grief and the loss of the main character were depicted for good, the 1887 flashbacks reminded me the awesome Stan Winston's "She Creature" creature feature horror movie, and the grim "happy" ending rised the final vote one star.
A funny read if graphic "sex & gore" scenes scare you not and if you are more a fan of man-eater mermaids than fairy tales ones.

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 sed
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read! Definitely NOT the same old shit!
Sarah Howard
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was well written. The ending was all over the place and sent me through a whirlwind of emotions fairly quickly, not all of them good as I can't call the ending good. You go through a lot of "poor Evan" and "wtf Evan" throughout the whole book.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  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. Preferring not ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tim Martin
Not bad horror thriller that made use of a mythological creature, a first for me. Though there were things I didn’t care for, the book did a lot right and it was a quick and enjoyable read.

The main character is Evan. He lives in Delilah, California, a small beach and port community near San Francisco. He is not a happy man, as he and his wife Sarah are still coping with the loss of their teenage son Josh who drowned in view of the beach…and Evan, who felt powerless to save him because of a crus
Shawn Deal
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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.
Sally the Salamander
This isn't the worst-written book I've read as far as prose goes, but the combination of middling writing + slow plot + poor/stupid characters + some other weird/unexplained stuff made this a chore to get through. I really only persevered because I saw several reviews specifically mentioning the ending and I wanted to see for myself.

Firstly I'll say that I liked the fact that we had flashbacks paralleling the modern day storyline. Sort of neat to have our main dude and the captain of
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
The author takes liberties with the definition of "siren", the mythology, physical appearance, and special abilities. But since we have already suspended our disbelief if we choose to read after knowing the title/subject, these liberties are for the most part acceptable. (view spoiler) ...more
Joseph Allocca
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good not great

This is a good story that does an excellent job of combining creature horror with personal tragedy. The characters are fleshed out well and the story is believable. The pacing is excellent as well.

The weak point comes from the fact that most of the major plot points are pretty obvious from early on in the story and it’s what keeps this from getting 5 stars.

It should also be noted that the early part of the book could practically be considered erotica with the amount of sex so
Scott Johnson
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally Posted at Dread Central:

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 oce
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read_2012, horror, own

'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
Bridget Blackwood
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bobbi Jo
Sep 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm so disappointed, really

There is so little spooky anything and so much repetitive sex in this book. I felt like the plot was the filler and the sex was the point. The final conflict was kind of fun but unfulfilling. Evan's emotions were totally unrelatable, at the end. One second he's talking about a monster that needs to be taken out, the next he's talking about the woman he loved. I'm sure there are people who will have enjoyed this book and I'm glad for them. For me, it was a waste of t
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-2017
I’m convinced people were paid to write praise for this book. All it is, is gory erotica masquerading as “horror”. This novel is so filled with sex I was starting to believe the author was in desperate need of getting laid while writing this book. There is nothing deep or praise-worthy here. If I had known this was going to be a smut-fest, I never would’ve read it. Needless to say, I won’t be reading any of John Everson’s books again. Ever.
Nov 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sea-creatures
Hmm, it was good but I felt rushed on some parts as to the finish and it left questions and the ending was anti-climatic.There is a lot of sex that leads to something that is predictable.Not giving away anything, it was ok.
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
judy cook
Jun 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Don't waste your time

Chose this book as a cheap pick.
Unfortunately if I start a book I finish it.
Worse book I have ever read
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Two perfectly interwoven stories. Not to be missed. Very highly recommended.
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
The Siren is a freakishly interesting fantasy paranormal story. Evan and Sarah his wife lose there son to drowning. This is what they believe both are grieving. Sarah copes by drinking alcohol and Evan copes with seeing a therapist to cope. Evan is also afraid of the water. Evan walks on the beach and see a nude and very alluring women. They meet regularly for having sex. Who is she and what are her aims? There is a parallel story about the happenings on the Lady Luck, a vessel, that sank in 188 ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A cool enough idea. Just not executed well. There is stubborn and then there is the main character Evan, whom despite mounting evidence refuses to believe anything supernatural could be involved with a random beautiful naked woman giving him the most amazing sex of his life just appearing on the beach. Made only slightly less shallow then your typical male fantasy by throwing in the tragedy of a failing marriage thanks to two grief stricken parents. I found it very hard to like the main characte ...more
Ronald B.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
If you are looking for a siren cannibal, adulterous relationship, clinical depression, overt stupidity, Okay, but don’t waste your time.
I made the mistake of reading only the description of the novel and not the reviews. I have never enjoyed or read horror, much less erotic horror. The book was disgusting. I felt sorry for Sarah, the wife of the main character,Evan, but had absolutely no feelings, nor did I like anyone else in the book. Evan was dumb as a board. The seductions and cannib
Mary Plunkett
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had not read anything by this author previously, but found this different twist on the siren topic to be interesting. It was an easy read that kept me interested. I know some reviewers found the main character a bit unbelievable, in that he kept repeatedly making bad decisions; however, I found this to be typical of people who may be driven by their emotions. Obviously a male author, based on his descriptions! Glad I picked it up!
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was very good imaginative and different. But the end just didn’t do it for me! I’m a HEA kind of girl! It was very good reading until then. Thought I enjoyed most of the book I would be afraid to read this author again because maybe his other books end the same.
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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 Samhain Publishing. In January 2017, Redemption, t ...more
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