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False Mermaid by Erin Hart
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Apr 01, 2010

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Hart's third book continues to make use of her luminous prose. Even with a scene change from Ireland to Minnesota, Hart is able to convey a sense of place or character with a few images. However, the convoluted - and fairly histrionic - plot takes away from an excellent book that attempts to explain heroine Nora Gavin's backstory. Another thread winding throughout the book is a unsolved murder originally explained by the legend of the selkie (seal-woman). Had Hart stuck to that story, False Mermaid would have been even better. Still, Hart's prose style and clever use of Irish myth and music keep the reader involved with the story - and hoping for a fourth book soon.

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