Summary

Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything - the dark, heights, the ocean - but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff diving one night near the family's vacation house in Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.
Vanessa's parents want to work through the tragedy by returning to their everyday lives back in Boston, but Vanessa can't help feeling that her sister's death was more than an accident. After discovering that Justine never applied to colleges, and that she was secretly in a relationship with longtime family friend Caleb Carmichael, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor to seek some answers.
But when Vanessa learns that Caleb has been missing since Justine's death, she and Caleb's older brother, Simon, join forces to try to find him, and in the process, their childhood friendship blossoms into something more.
Soon it's not just Vanessa who is afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes home to a string of fatal, water-related accidents... in which all the victims are found grinning from ear to ear.
As Vanessa and Simon probe further into the connections between Justine's death and the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance - and that will change her life forever.
©2010 Tricia Rayburn (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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"Rayburn's modern-day, edgy spin on siren mythology combines suspense, dark drama, and romance. Vanessa is an appealing protagonist, whose detailed narrative incorporates well-drawn issues, from grief to relationship complexities." ( Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By C on 24-09-10

Good listen with a little bit of disappointment.

After having just listened to a real stinker of a book, this book, Siren, was a great relief in its compelling and emotional suspense. Vanessa Sands is a very likable heroine, and her struggles and concerns wrapped me up quite successfully. I found the romance compelling - thank God the author forewent descriptive, gratuitous sex, though there is one episode that isn't described. Although I had guessed some of the ending before I read it, the relationships and action kept me engaged until the end.

My caveat, and the reason I only gave this 4 stars, is twofold:
1. Though I don't want to reveal too much, let's just say that I am a sucker for a nice wrapped-up package, and unless the author has a killer sequel that somehow miraculously extends out the resolution in a satisfactory manner, I did not like the very, very end. That does not take away from my recommendation for listening to the book.
2. A very small irritation, the narrator, though expressive, had weird, gasping little breaths that sometimes took away from my enjoyment of her narration. Also, some of the male voices came across as if she were reading the three bears and trying to do Papa Bear's gruff tone. Only slightly annoying.

Despite my very small dissatisfactions, I recommend this book for a good, fantasy-type novel with a bit of romance.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Paula on 14-11-15

Interesting, but with a slow narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I don't know, because there are people who don't like stories about mermaids and sea monsters, and this book has a very slow narration, so you can deduct a lot of things.

Would you recommend Siren to your friends? Why or why not?

I don't know, because there are people who don't like stories about mermaids and sea monsters, and this book has a very slow narration, so you can deduct a lot of things.

How could the performance have been better?

I think other person should do the narration. Nicola Barber's voice isn't attractive, doesn't convey emotion, doesn't capture the listener's attention. This makes the tiresome book

Do you think Siren needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

In my opinion, isn't necessary, but since there is a sequel, we can hope the story be better.

Any additional comments?

Well, in na overview of the book, I can say I like it more than I dislike. Of course, isn't the best book I've hear so fat, but provides moments of distraction. The story develops very slowly, but it has good moments.

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