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The Brighton Mermaid

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Summary

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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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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Excellent

from start to finish it held my attention. great narrative too. loved it. thank you.

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The Brighton mermaid

I was very disappointed with the story it was very long winded and boring.
Won’t be reading this authors books again.

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Brilliant!

loved it! Amazing author, kept wanting to know more about the Brighton Mermaid. Read It!

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another great read

filled with mystery and intrigue, who do you trust and who do you believe, I didn't get any clues to what was going on which was revealed chapter by chapter.

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  • Chris
  • WEST BYFLEET, United Kingdom
  • 25-09-18

Excellent, well written and very exciting

This is the first time I have listed to Dorothy Koomson, this book was excellent. At first I wasnt sure, but then could not stop listening. I certainly never guessed the murderer. Recommended for a good exciting read.

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Amazing!

Literally the best book I have read/listened to in a long long time. DK never disappoints! I highly recommend.

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  • Lu
  • 15-09-18

Another Dorothy Koomson masterpiece

Dorothy Koomson writes like no other. she manages to create thrilling, gripping and intelligent storylines, with incredibly well crafted characters.

I think it's the characters, their recognisability and their complexities that give her novels a quality of their own. In fact it is impossible to categorise this book as it defies usual structures. I really am in awe of koomson's style, insight and storytelling.

I'd recommend this book highly and find it hard to criticise. It is dark in subject matter and the intensity and relentless uncertainty, fear, and paranoia are definitely something you need to be in the mood and right frame of mind for. Saying that, for such a grisly sounding storyline I found the likeability and focus on relationships, redemption and love added a levity that made it addictive listening.

I would say that I did find one of the narrators a bit grating on the ears at times. However, overall I think this probably added power and was the right tone for the character and her situation.

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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!