I won't go into detail about the storyline of this wonderful read, as that is covered in the commentary in the kindle purchase process.
There are 2 things that I want in a book. Firstly not wanting to put it down (pity about the housework) and secondly not wanting the book to end. The book for me was easy and entertaining and certainly met the criteria.
The content was thought provoking and navigated skilfully thé affects of childhood trauma long term. I will definitely be seeking more of the author’s work.
This book made me constantly think of redemption and how it sometimes takes a tragedy to make a decision to turnaround a not so healthy life. A very thought provoking read that will stay with me for a long time.
'When We Believed in Mermaids' is an emotionally charged and complex mystery/family drama. It's main theme is the bond of love (...various kinds).
Californian sisters, Kit and Josie Bianci are close, but have a shared history of abuse. Roll on fifteen years. A chance sighting on the News, and Josie is spotted by Kit. The only thing is Josie was supposedly dead, and the news report isn't in the US, but New Zealand. Of course, Kit travels there in search of Josie, but unwittingly, her actions cause a far-reaching domino effect of difficulties.
Author, Barbara O'Neal creates deep characters, as well as vivid imagery (in both settings - Santa Cruz and Auckland). The conclusion is powerful, but unfortunately, the plot takes a while to start revving and there's a fair bit of padding in the first halfish. I also think the time spent on some subplots, as opposed to others, may have been a little out of balance. And, yes the scenario is a tad unrealistic, but it's nonfiction, after all.
I loved this book from the start. The story of two sisters ignored by parents and left vulnerable to abuse but somewhat protected by a step in guardian. A very messy life falls apart with only one member of the family seeming to keep it together, she manages to pull her family back together and they help her accept the grief of the past. Sounds all very touchy feely but is a great story which flows well and is believeable.
I loved this book. A really gripping story, well balanced with flashbacks and the present so the story unfolds beautifully. There were some beautiful phrases at times I wanted to read over again. The characters hang ups and healing were believable. Didn't want to put it down!