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False Mermaid Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 2, 2010
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“Evocative descriptions …captivating characters… [and] lush romanticism. The story races to a breathless confrontation.” –Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Few writers combine as seamlessly as Hart does the subtlety, lyrical language, and melancholy of literary fiction with the pulse-pounding suspense of the best thrillers.” --Booklist, starred
“A haunting, eerie page-turner that combines a wealth of Irish mythology...with archeology and the compelling forensic details of several linked murders, all set against gorgeously rendered settings.”
Top Customer Reviews
In "False Mermaid", Nora returns to the United States, having come to the realization that she can only find peace of mind once she resolves what actually happened to her younger sister, Triona, who was found murdered in St. Paul a couple of years back. Nora is convinced that it was Triona's husband, Peter Hallett, who is responsible, though she needs to find compelling evidence. Peter has since moved on and remarried Miranda Staunton, the sister of Nora's ex-fiance. Nora is particularly concerned about the welfare of her young niece, 11-year-old Elizabeth. Some people from Nora's past are also featured here such as police detective Frank Cordova who still has a thing for Nora.
Back in Ireland, Cormac hopes to be together with Nora, but his father's illness proves a strong deterrent, and then he gets intrigued by studies of Irish folklore conducted by a female acquaintance, Roz.Read more ›
There is one pretty ugly sex scene, the rest is PG-13, thriller, murder, lady investigator with lots of emotional baggage, a messed-up relationship, tension between her and her parents, a guy she doesn't like who is hitting on her, the usual stuff. As for the Ireland part of the story, it would have been good except that the author creates a character whose sole purpose in the book is to recount selkie legends to the main character (and us). Old murder, recent murder, it ha SUCH GREAT POTENTIAL, but was "just ok"
It seems that the heroine, Nora Gavin, had her sister brutally murdered a few years back. Suspicion fell heavily on her brother-in-law but nothing could be proven. Nora took it on herself to solve the case, but failed, and went off to Ireland to work for some while to get away from it all. But the unsolved crime would not let her rest, and now she is leaving her new boyfriend to return to Minnesota to work on the now-cold case once more.
Intertwined with the main story is a traditional Irish tale of the selkie, half-woman and half-seal, and an old death on the Irish coast. Each section or "book" of the novel is introduced with a quotation having to do with stories, myths, or the selkies themselves. And the solution to the story, and some of the climactic events, depend heavily upon these traditional tales, but to say more than this would spoil things. Perhaps, indeed, things depend a little too much, as I'll describe.
The writing is excellent, and the main character well-drawn. Although her obsessions are clear--- she must, must solve the case--- we sympathize with her readily. The supporting characters: a St. Paul detective, Nora's parents, her Irish boyfriend; all are good enough if perhaps not great. Nora's brief and regretted romantic involvement with the detective drags on the story a little and perhaps could have been skipped, and her romance with Cormac could have been a little less sterile in feeling. Her niece, Elizabeth, is a terrific depiction of a child who has suffered loss and she too easily draws our sympathy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
SPOILER ALERT: Holy crap! I didn't think Erin Hart could equal the first book in the series, but she outdid herself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laura E.
My favorite in the series so far. Nora returns to Minnesota to try to get closure in her sister's unsolved murder case. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
SI'm skipping over this book #3 and going right to #4 in the series. I read these for the Irish interest.Published 10 months ago by KatieSparkle
I've recently started to read Erin Hart and a few other authors that write about England and Ireland...I love it... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kuku
I became a fan of Erin Hart's writing after reading Haunted Ground: A Novel which had as its central character American forensic pathologist Nora Gavin, and the story in Haunted... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Z Hayes
This is the third Erin Hart book I've read and it holds its own against the first two. An engaging mystery, it draws you in and keeps you guessing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer