Title: The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
Date Published: 17th May 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Brighton Beach, 1993
Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears.
Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was – and what happened to her best friend that summer.
But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust …
Fast-paced and thrilling, The Brighton Mermaid explores the deadly secrets of those closest to you.
Another book that’s been gathering dust on my NetGalley shelf for no good reason.
Dorothy Koomson has been on my radar for the longest time but I’ve never gotten around to reading any of her books, until now.
What a fantastic read The Brighton Mermaid is, I’m really kicking myself for not getting around to reading this sooner.
The narrative is split between the past, when she found the Brighton mermaid and the unforeseen consequences and twenty five years later when it’s still unsolved.
What I relished about this book was the fact there was never a dull moment, the pace was constantly pulling me along.
I’m not usually a fan of first person POV but I really appreciated getting into the minds of both Nell and her younger sister Macy. They were so realistic. You can’t help but feel for them both. Nell seems tough and strong but won’t let anyone get too close, guided by her guilt she keeps digging into the Brighton Mermaid mystery regardless of the consequences. Macy on the other hand is much more fragile, I felt she was on a knife edge really at any moment her mental health issues might swallow her whole.
I also enjoyed the setting of Brighton which may not be a place I’ve ever been to but I could really picture the seaside town.
This book also covers the subject of racism, specifically back in the nineties. It was an utter disgrace that the police in general were allowed to get away with what they did and treat people like that.
The Brighton Mermaid is a fantastic twisty read that I just couldn’t get enough of.
About The Author:
Dorothy Koomson is the award-winning author of 15 novels and has been making up stories since she was 13 when she used to share her stories with her convent school friends. Her published titles include: Tell Me Your Secret, The Brighton Mermaid, The Friend, When I Was Invisible, That Girl From Nowhere, The Flavours of Love, The Woman He Loved Before, Goodnight, Beautiful and The Chocolate Run.
Dorothy’s first novel, The Cupid Effect, was published in 2003 (when she was quite a bit older than 13). Her third book, My Best Friend’s Girl, was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of 2006 and went on to sell over 500,000 copies. While her fourth novel, Marshmallows For Breakfast, has sold in excess of 250,000 copies. Dorothy’s books, The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach were both shortlisted for the popular fiction category of the British Book Awards in 2010 and 2013, respectively.
Dorothy’s novels have been translated into over 30 languages, and a TV adaptation loosely based on The Ice Cream Girls was shown on ITV1 in 2013. After briefly living in Australia, Dorothy now lives in Brighton.
In 2019 Dorothy was awarded the Image Award by The Black British Business Awards to celebrate and honour her achievements.
For more information on Dorothy Koomson visit http://www.dorothykoomson.co.uk