The Brighton Mermaid – Dorothy Koomson.

the brighton mermaid

Back of the book :

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…

What I think : 

Best friends Nell and Jude are passing the beach late one night, 3am to be precise, they’d snuck out to go to someones party. When they find someone laying in the sand at the waters edge. It turns out that the poor woman had been murdered. (The girls were only fourteen at the time, and all Nell can remember thinking at that moment is that she wanted her to be just sleeping and not, you know what … ) The woman was wearing lots of bracelets on one arm and had a tattoo of a mermaid on the other.

The identity of the woman is never found and she ends up being nicknamed ‘The Brighton Mermaid’

A few weeks after the girls find “The Brighton Mermaid’ Jude goes missing. She just disappears into the night, never to be heard from again …

Fast forward twenty five years and there is never a day that goes past that Nell doesn’t wonder what happened to her best friend or how ‘The Brighton Mermaid’ got murdered. She has given up her job so she can dedicate all her time to finding out what happened to the two of them.

Nell’s younger sister Macy has a secret to tell about what she saw on the night that Jude went missing and it’s ruining her whole life … But if she tells what will happen … ?

And just who keeps on texting Nell that ‘He needs to see you’ …. ?

Then bad things start to happen, Nell is convinced that she’s getting closer to finding out what happened ….

This book is split into two timelines, which I did find quite find quite confusing to begin with. 1993 – outlines how the girls found the body and what Macy ( Nell’s sister) saw that night and Now – which tells of the fall out still going on from it now.

This as you would expect, is a expertly written book from Dorothy. She has this brilliant knack of being able to write a story, that from the moment you pick the book up and start reading, it has you involved in the story which makes it quite unputdownable. Lots of secrets and lies coming tumbling out, which keeps you in suspense till the end.

And talking of the end I really couldn’t have guessed it and its brilliant twist ( and believe me I did try !)

I think that this has got to be her best book yet ! I give it a very well-earned 10/10.

5 gold stars

Published by Century Books on 17/05/18.

A big thank you to Netgalley for the digital copy of the book to review.

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