When We Believed in Mermaids
From the author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.
Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…
Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always b...more
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How I Felt: The beginning of this book had me completely hooked. "My sister had been dead for fifteen years when I see her on the TV news." I was like, "Yes!" This book is going to be awesome!" I felt so let down from that point on. I, in no way, ever want to bash a book, and I am usually finding myself handing out 4 and 5 star reviews because I just love books, but I was on the Struggle-Bus for thi ...more
A drama that probes the complexity of family, sisterly bonds and the power of love and forgiveness
Kit’s sister, Josie, died years ago during a terrorist attack. But, while watching television footage of a club fire, Kit swears that one of the people stumbling out of the smoke and debris is Josie. The resemblance is so uncanny, even Kit’s mother is shaken by it and urges Kit to take time off to pursue the possibilit ...more
I’m absolutely gutted at how dreadful this book was. It has firmly lodged itself in my top five least favourite books of the past couple of years and almost led me to have a January DNF – as if January 2020 hasn’t been bad enough as it is.
This year I decided to put aside some of my beloved fantasy in favour for a little more dramatic reading. After this, I think I’ll be convert ...more
I admit I read to a certain degree to escape. To experience things (even if only on paper) like visiting new places, foods, ideas or even time periods. And this story did give me the first three of these things--it wa ...more
The book is an easy read and may be predictable at times, but I tend to look for this in a light read. The book provides romance, lies, passion, and betrayals with a little mystery thrown in. Something for everyone ...more
The blurb is pretty good at giving the basic set-up.
The chapters alternate viewpoints between Kit and Mari, with each chapter revealing more of the past while also grounding us in each sister's current life. Kit's search for her sister (and her budding romance with Javier) seem to take longer than the few days that th ...more
I have seen this book on Kindle Unlimited's best seller for a long time so I decided to give it a chance. I went into it without even reading the synopsis. It is the story of two sisters Kit and Josie. Josie was killed many years ago while being on a train due to a terrorist attack. One day, while watching live coverage of a club fire in Auckland Kit sees this woman on the TV who looks like Josie a lot. She believes it is Josie so she travels to New Zealand to find ...more
The storyline switches between two sisters and between the past and the present.
I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written story!
I tried. I wanted to like the book. I finished it. However, the long detailed flashbacks that a woman has, who started her life over 15 years ago, it was just repetitive and unrealistic that she was having them the same time her sister happened to be in town.
Just the flashback style alone...I couldn’t. It was over reaching. She looked out a window...had a flashback. Wrote with her fountain pen...had a memory. A very detailed memory. Was this her daily life? FOR 15 YEARS? No. ...more
It's a story that made me question what is family, what is love, and when is it better to walk away? I highly recommend, but have your tissues nearby! ...more
The book claims to be some kind of mystery but really, it's not. The first line is Kit seeing her presumed-dead-from-a-terror-attack-in-France sister on the news about a nightclub fire in New Zealand. So Kit flies off to Auckland to... hook up with a Spanish musician and eat pastries and buy inks and hook up with the Spanish musician some more and comment on his chest hair and spare-tire belly and she asks like 2 people if they've seen her sister and ugh...
The sisters' problems are real and crushing, and about halfway through I was far from convinced that they would resolve them, or their relationships. The men in this story are villains or heroes, or both, and I found Dylan the most poignant, while Javier was the one I want to take home with me.
But none of the men are able to step in and save the day. The sisters must do it for themselves, and fight through very difficult histories to get ther ...more
The dialogue was well-written, though. The descriptions of surfing, Sicilian home-cooking, touring Auckland, and the art-deco Sapphire House create beautiful imagery.
I’d recommend this book to anyone into love stori ...more
When I found out why she made herself disappear I was disappointed. I was thinking I could have thought of something better. I would have made her a spy or a mob hit woman who had to dissapear 🤣But when I finished I wouldn't have changed ...more
With that fantastic opening line, we drop in to the story of 2 sisters, one presumed dead and one barely living.
Two little girls, Josie and Kit, are raised by parents so enthralled with each other that they neglect their children, leaving them largely unattended in a little cove by their home. During a storm, a broken and unwanted teenage boy appears as their door, offering the girls a bit of security and stability ...more
The book goes back and forth between the sister's POV, and throughout there are also flashbacks to a tragic and chaotic childhood. It's a very emotional book, there is a lot of grief in the sister's lives. But there's also joy, and I very much enjoyed the romance between Kit and Javier.
I found Kit a more compelling character ...more
The story of Jodie and Kit, of long lost sisters, so promising. From the premise alone, I was already hooked. However, everything fell flat for me. Here's why:
What I liked/loved about this book
1. Javier. And probably Sarah too. Yup, that's it.
What I didn’t like
1. The writing
It felt too fluf ...more
I found this book to be very slow to start and was almost halfway through the book before I started to enjoy it. I found Kit' ...more
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