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The seaside is not always fun and sun!Book Review: The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson.

The seaside is not always fun and sun!Book Review: The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson.

This book was highly recommended to me by a friend who typically a book lover, lent me the book, but insisted she got it back once I’d finished it. This was a sign it was going to be a good read. So much so that I had to deviate from my #10BooksofSummer to be able to read this and return it. My friend was of course correct, and it is a fantastic book. I didn’t know that the Author Dorothy Koomson wrote murder type books, but she does! And since reading The Brighton Mermaid, I am now a fan of this well known and so well published Author.

This book was published in May 2018, so if my review makes you want to read it, it is most probably available in your local library.


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.


Paperback, 490 pages
Published May 17th 2018 by Arrow Publishing

My Thoughts:

This book captured me right from the first chapter. Nell and her best friend Jude are sneaking out at night, without their parents knowing. While they were out they find the body of a dead girl on the beach with a tattoo of a mermaid on her. This finding will be what devastates so many people’s lives over the course of the book.

Nell was a great character to read, complex due to the situations she found herself in during her childhood but so determined to find out what happened and who is the Brighton Mermaid as she became known as. To make things worse, Jude also goes missing. Nell makes it her purpose to find out what happened to Jude and the girl they found on the beach.

Skip ahead 25 years and Nell now an adult is still looking and all consumed by Jude and the Brighton Mermaid. The book alternates between Nell’s point of view and her sister Macy’s. Both sisters are complex characters and the Author wrote them so well with the development of them over the chapters. I felt so sorry for Macy riddled with anxiety and holding a secret from her sister. The relationship between the 2 sisters was interesting. They shared so many things and have both experienced trauma but both reacted very differently.

I was happy to find that I read through this book speedily so I could write my review and give it back to my friends within weeks of her giving it to me. ( school holiday bonus means extra time to read) 👍😊.

The Brighton Mermaid is a mystery book with complex characters that show how different humans react to intense and horrible situations. It is a book written with great insight into human emotions, and it is an entertaining crime story that gripped me from the first chapter.

When I see a book written by Dorothy Koomson now, I will certainly be paying more attention. The Brighton Mermaid was my first but will not be my last by this author.

Dorothy Koomson is the award-winning author of 14 novels including more than 12 Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages and she continues to be a method writer whenever possible. She wrote The Brighton Mermaid in part as a love letter to the place she’s called home for more than ten years. And she hopes you enjoy it.





Posted by on August 31, 2019 in Books


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