Title: Elijah's Mermaid
Author: Essie Fox
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Gothic Fiction
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A darkly glittering gem that exposes the dark, vile underbelly of Victorian London, Elijah's Mermaid completely took my breath away--a must-read for Gothic fiction fans!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Elijah and Lily Lamb are twins, as close as any two siblings can be. Living a dream life of comfort and fancy with their author grandfather, their lives are utterly torn apart when they meet the mysterious young mermaid, Pearl. When their fates become irrevocably intertwined with Pearl's, and the twins separate, Lily is exposed to the darkly glittering, vile underbelly of Victorian London.. And discovers that just about everyone in her family has something to hide..
What I enjoyed:
-The gorgeous, luxurious prose that captured my imagination from the beginning--Fox is a true master of the written word
-The dark, frightening world of Victorian London, veiled but still very dangerous--it was perfection
-I loved the dark mystery of this novel, and the way it genre-jumped--fans of Wilkie Collins will snatch this story up with greed
-The pacing of this novel was close to perfect--it was breakneck and with secrets lurking around every corner, I was practically breathless
-I liked the way the book shifted from between Pearl and Lily, two different women but equally two strong characters in their own right
-Elijah, the young man who has the misfortune of working for the wrong man, and falling for the wrong woman--to me, he was one of the best characters in the novel
-I also enjoyed the vast cast of characters throughout the novel, particularly Osborne
-The ending was perfect--it did perfect justice to all the characters involved
What could've been better:
-At times, the sex seemed almost pornographic and it made me uncomfortable
-The pacing seemed a bit rushed
-I didn't like Mr. Hall at all
-Sometimes Lily seemed a bit needy
Overall, I really enjoyed Elijah's Mermaid--highly recommended for fans of Wilkie Collins! Next on deck: Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce!