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The Brighton Mermaid

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson, read by Pippa Bennett-Warner and Vivienne Acheampong.

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.

©2018 Dorothy Koomson (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Couldn’t finish

I honestly hate writing bad reviews but I could only manage to get about a third of the way through this book so I think that warrants writing done my thoughts.

I use audible to listen to books when I go on long runs. What I was finding with the Brighton mermaid was that the story was so slow after an hour and a half run barely anything had happened. It was incredibly slow. I love a murder mystery and appreciate that sometimes slow story progression builds tension but this was too much. I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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ENTHRALLING MYSTERY ... REALLY REVELLED IN IT!

It tool me a little while to get into this excellent thriller and might have given up if I was not already a Dorothy Koomson fan. Loved the narration of Nell, not so much Macy, but it all balanced out to create a tale well told. It was a captivating mystery full of twists and turns and very well written and fresh, unique, quality storyline .Loved the tantalising secrets and viewpoints of the different characters on other characters which kept you off-balance and guessing all the way through and I did not guess what it was all about or who could be trusted until the reveal which was good.
It kept me really eating it up all the way along, deducted one star from the story as I found the ending, while still exciting and full of twists and turns, to be a little implausible compared to the tightly wound plot - and also I would have thought CCTV might have called a halt to some of the shenanigans quite swiftly plus rather daft mistakes made by villain early on was a bit hard to swallow especially as it was rather vital to the events which unfolded as a result of them. So ending and plot reveal did lose all credibility for me really but I suspended disbelief and enjoyed it all the same.
All in all I did really really enjoy the building tension and storyline and it was a very absorbing and interesting read, well written , original and head and shoulders ahead of 95% of thrillers, so a big thumbs up!

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Worth it for the twists

Struggled to get into this book at first but found it had good twists. a bit confusing with the timelines jumping back and forth but a good read overall

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Disappointing

I used to love Koomson's books but this one was just too far fetched and unbelievable. I also found both the lead female characters to be unlikable and irritating.

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Slow start but another great book! Thanks Dorothy

Loved it! She hasn't let me down yet! Looking forward to the next one as always!

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More Than Satisfied my Mermaid and Mystery Obsession

She’s done it again. Another brilliant book from Dorothy Koomson.
The pace is perfect and the opening chapter draws you right in.
I myself love mermaids so the title intrigued me from the off. The descriptions of the places in Brighton are so good that I can picture them vividly in my head. Another book that has made me want to visit Brighton at least once in my lifetime.
Twists and turns that leave you thinking “just one more chapter” over and over again.
Definitely a book I’ll read again and again and again.

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Addictive stuff

I love the intricacy of this author’s work. There were some infuriating characters and I wanted to throttle both Macy and her sister at times, but it really made for a great, tense story.

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Strong Start, Solid Middle, Lost it at the End

This is a solid mystery thriller which genuinely keeps you guessing. It has an interesting gimmick of two POV characters each with different knowledge of the mystery and each coming at it from a different directions.

It dose lean heavily on the 'all police are monsters who exist only to oppress minority's' trope but also has a real energy to it and more then enough twists to keep you guessing right to the end. But thats where it goes off the rails.

The final reveal is very silly which doesn't matter in the moment as you are swept up in the story but I found that if I gave it any thought I couldn't take it seriously. whish rather robs it of any re-read value but it is a good ride while it lasted.

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Very entertaining

At first I was a little unsure but I stuck with it and thoroughly enjoyed it. It drifted a bit now and then and towards the end it seemed a little muddled and a tad unbelievable but overall a good story. Thought the narration was excellent.

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Fabulous story.

Dorothy Koomson delivers again! I can't recommend this audiobook enough. 5 stars and well worth them!