Author: Christina Henry
Released: June 19, 2018 by Berkley
Length: 336 pages
Edition: Paperback ARC
There was once a mermaid who wanted more than the sea. She wanted to see the world. Captured by a man and let loose, she decides to do the unthinkable for her kind, leave the ocean and become one with land for love. After many years together, her fisherman husband’s last day on sea becomes permanent. Offered to become a museum exhibit, the long answer became a yes. So begins the story of the mermaid, Amelia and her adventures as the Fiji Mermaid for P.T. Barnum.
This story begins as a love story. You see the mermaid become Amelia, the almost human. But as her husband becomes older, and she stays the same, it is clear death is imminent. He won’t always be around. When P.T. Barnum hears of a rumored mermaid, he sends his best man to get the job done. What happens next is part tragic and part inspiring. As Amelia transforms into the mute Fiji Mermaid, it becomes apparent her life is no longer hers. As she fights for her freedom, her journey only just begins.
I was enthralled from page one. This was everything I wanted it to be and more. I was emotional all the way through. It was a gorgeous ride through the life and struggles of “Amelia”. I loved Henry’s previous release last year of Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook but this book took me away; my breath with it. It was incredible. I loved Lost Boy. It became my favorite. Then I got my hands on Tge Mermaid earlier than expected. It has since rocketed to the top for me. There is something so special and wonderful about this book.
Henry weaves a story based around the actual Fiji Mermaid where there is love, loss, and redemption all in one. The story unfolds at a great, steady pace with twists along the way. “Amelia” is a fascinating character who is headstrong, stubborn, and the strongest character I have read about in a long time. She does everything for the hope of a better future while being roped into a human life that is nothing short of free. She handles it with Grace, persistence, and gratitude.
This was an excellent read and my favorite book I’ve read this year by far. It is everything I had wanted a book to be and then some. If you haven’t read a novel by Christina Henry yet, go. Run to the bookstore when it comes out June 19. This will be the book not to miss this year. I know that is saying a lot, but it’s true. Consider this, this book can get anyone out of a reading slump I think. It awakens something deep within. Read it. Just read it and experience what I did. You won’t regret it.