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From the get-go, we have a strong feeling that Isobel is not happy in her marriage. Or perhaps she is simply bored? Her husband, Peter, is all about his work, and what she wants is romance. To quote: "...a night of dining under the stars with music, dancing, and horse riding across desert dunes..." Fifteen year of marriage to a workaholic just might do that to a woman, that's understandable. Jay is a businessman, just like Peter, but he is more adventurous, a different type of person who can, perhaps, give her what she wants.
This is the beginning of the story of Isobel's journey that would lead her into a romance and deception, punctuated with a lot of steamy encounters, and ending with her seeing that the life of lies she's created is closing in around her.
However, the way I read it, the book is not just about Isobel's ill-conceived idea of eroticism. There are plenty of characters in this novel who play pivotal roles as well - Peter and Jay and also Andy represent the male side; Isoble, Maria, Gina, Lucy, and Rusty stand for the women's team. The storyline becomes a complex game between the characters playing for the stakes of pleasure and dominance (not that kind, get your minds out of the gutter, people.)
The only problem I see here is that there's really no problem - nothing to solve, nothing of importance to achieve, nothing to overcome. There is Isobel, of course, who needs some excitement but it hardly qualifies in my opinion; twists, and turns, and the problems that arise throughout the story do, however, keep the narrative going.Read more ›
Isobel is a wowan bereft of love in her marriage. She rushes headlong into a pathway that leaves her emotionally distraught and wanting further escapades to ease her personal emptiness. So much of his book is real life- so many women follow in Isobel's footsteps and end up longing for greener pastures. They so often do not find them, but fall into a maze of broken hearts and hopeless futures.
Tom Barry's Isobel is a woman of personal sorrow who acts out her desperation. He has done a masterful job of capturing the woman's plight. I recommend this book- the sex is not gross or disgusting, but done with a modicum of tact though explicit. Nice job!
Set in the magnificent settings of Marrakech, London and Tuscany, the novel explores both the corruption of the business world and whether love can conquer all. Fast-paced and edgy, it really was a book i could not put down. A fantastic read. My main criticism of the book is that it that it seems to suggest infidelity is acceptable, at least in the amoral world of the wealthy.
As to the story itself, it's about two things, infidelity and corruption, interwoven around two people - Isobel and Jay. She is an older, neglected woman married to a workaholic, he is a businessman and a player looking to save his business. Both characters, indeed all the main characters, are multi-dimensional, at times you love them, at times you hate them. Which is one of the reasons this book is different from the herd. Isobel pursues Jay to Tuscany and abandons herself in a steamy affair, and finds herself caught up in a world of deception and betrayal. What kept me turning the pages was the suspense and the twists and turns, you never knew quite what to expect next.
This is a sensual story but I wouldn't call it erotica. Another reviewer called it 'the thinking woman's fifty shades', but there is so much substance in this book beyond the sex, and it is almost poetry to read at times, that I think any comparison with Fifty Shades is misleading. If you like an intelligent read, this could be the best book you've read in a long time!
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When the Siren Calls by Tom Barry was a bit too convoluted for my taste. Lots of details and story lines that went no where. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Marsha Jeanne Thalleen
Enjoyed reading it, full of suspense, nice setting, I highly recommend reading itPublished 16 months ago by Deena
Don't start reading "When the Siren Calls" unless you have time to finish the book. It is a well written read of a woman desperate for escape from a marriage and searching... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stan Robinson
The 2 stars goes for the only thing that is real good in this book, its cover: beautiful, tasteful and fascinating. Compelling even. Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one.
The prose is quite lovely, but at times it got a little too dry/dense/verbose even for me. Read more
I couldn't finish. I got to approximately page 100 and threw in the towel. I never stop reading mid book. Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by S. Raymond
When the Siren Calls is about lonely and neglected wife that starts an affair with a married man. Personally the erotic portions of this book fell flat and forced driven by the... Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I've always tried to find some redeeming value in books. Even bad ones. This is one of those books where the redeeming value is hard to find. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Thea
I guess it just wasn't what I was expecting! Not the author's fault- I just didn't like it! Meh - I was wanting more action and less affair! But it was very we'll written.Published on December 12, 2013 by KT