It is very difficult to stop reading SIREN’S SECRET once the inventive story is started because of all the intriguing situations that arise. If the book must be stopped before it ends, then your mind continues to think about the extremely innovative world featuring mermaids and plenty of distinctive humans. Debbie Herbert has constructed a number of dangerous escapades for her heroine, and the more emotional episodes are often just as compelling for her. There are an abundance of creative scenes in SIREN’S SECRET, and each one holds the reader spellbound.
Although Shelly Connors is half mermaid and half human, she can still stay underwater for a long time. She knows there are dangers in the bayous near her Alabama home, so she is always careful when she takes a swim. But there was no way to prepare for what took place one night when a human body is tossed near her. The event is made more traumatic because the killer spied her in mermaid form, so now Shelly fears for herself and those like her in the area.
To feel safe once again in the bayou she loves, the murderer must be captured. Shelly knows telling the local sheriff, Tillman Angier, is what she should do, yet keeping the details about her being a mermaid is also crucial. Because both of them have been noticing each other for a long time, speaking with Tillman is a pleasant task. But she leaves out quite a few facts, and this makes him keep questioning her for more info because he is never one to give up during an investigation. Shelly hates being dishonest with the sheriff and even has to worry about more threats from the killer, so she will have to decide what is most important regarding her future.
The gifted imagination of Debbie Herbert has created a magical story filled with constant fascination. Every fact learned about Shelly and her cousins is interesting, and the author gives these remarkable women numerous abilities that totally intrigue. While I have read a few stories featuring these mythological beings, I have never had one go into such thorough details. From the moment I met Shelly, I became completely involved in her whole existence. When an innocent swim brings peril into her life, I experienced the dangerous situations right along with her. Ms. Herbert divulges many particulars concerning the thoughts and actions of the killer, and this frequently caused him to be extra creepy. How Shelly responses to him is believable, and her intensifying anxiety also upped my uneasiness from time to time. The Alabama bayou locale is colorfully depicted with vivid information, and many of the scenes are easily visualized.
Growing feelings between Shelly and Tillman are convincing, and sexual awareness is equally shared though not acted upon at first. When the two finally do get together for conversation and eventually some sizzling encounters where feelings are passionately expressed, the progression seems true-to-life though not without some challenges. Family troubles, secrets and doubts all make the relationship between Tillman and Shelly seem almost impossible, especially with her being a mermaid. Both have reactions that are impulsive on several occasions, and this just made them seem more like real people. This is the first book in the Dark Seas miniseries, and I cannot wait to see what takes place in the lives of Shelly’s two cousins when they get their own stories. Debbie Herbert has certainly written an outstanding novel for her first book. SIREN’S SECRET is notably original and unforgettable.