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SIREN by Tricia Rayburn

SIREN

By Tricia Rayburn

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: July 13th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60684-074-0
Publisher: Egmont USA

Vanessa and her family have been in their summer home on the Maine coast less than 24 hours when her sister Justine, an unlikely candidate for suicide, jumps off a cliff. Then dozens of other drowning victims start washing ashore. As Vanessa tries to make sense of the deaths with the help of her next-door neighbors, the smart and sensitive Carmichael brothers, the investigation gets them entangled with a local family of bewitchingly beautiful—and dangerous—women. Rayburn combines a classic murder mystery with elements of paranormal romance. The story’s momentum builds at a glacial pace; crucial details of narrative and character development are revealed so slowly that what might have been suspenseful is sometimes just befuddling. The plan that Vanessa and her friends hatch to solve the problems plaguing Winter Harbor tests the bounds of credulity, but the novel’s last page is the most compelling and lays the groundwork for the planned series to continue. Readers who see the tale through to its denouement will find their patience rewarded with an intriguing twist. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)