A young violinist takes on a murder case on an island surrounded by deadly sirens.
Moira Alexander lingers on the cliff’s edge, playing her violin a safe distance from the sirens who dot the sea. Like her late father, she feels compelled to protect and understand the creatures that lure people to their deaths with their song. Most other islanders don’t feel the same, however, regarding them only as necessary for tourism. Moira worries they’ll turn against the sirens completely and lift the hunting ban introduced by her father. Now, a young boy has turned up on the beach with a slashed throat, and it’s presumed to be the work of the sirens. But Moira believes otherwise. With the help of 19-year-old Jude Osric, the lighthouse keeper, Moira decides to solve the case. As they chase leads, the islanders show their disdain for Moira’s love for the brutal sirens who claimed Jude’s family and countless others. Threatening notes warn them to back off—and then another body turns up. As tensions rise, so do Moira and Jude’s feelings for one another, no longer burdened by secrets. The atmosphere is as immersive as an island fog, with the alienlike sirens curious and sinister figures lying in wait. More time spent on the lore of the sirens could have buoyed this captivating tale into something truly magical. Major characters are presumed white.
An intoxicating blend of mystery and enchantment. (Fantasy. 14-18)