Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her 16th birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that.
Now Kathleen is a 25-year-old opera student in Boston and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend, Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen's phantom pain and obsession with the sea. Kathleen's mother and grandmother both committed suicide as young women, and Harry worries they suffered from the same symptoms. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history.
In Ireland, they discover that the mystery - and the tragedy - of Kathleen's family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined. Kathleen's fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid's two sirens - the sea and her lover. But both choices mean death.
Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaid's Daughter asks: How far we will go for those we love? And can the transformative power of music overcome a magic that has prevailed for generations?
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By kimma on 19-09-17
Avoid this pretentious melodramatic snoozefest
This novel goes nowhere. I have been trying to complete this novel for over a week and I have a boring tedious job that allows us to listen to headphones but, I have been turning this book off prefering to suffer in silence. Here are the straight facts regarding why I dislike this book.
#1 None of the characters are likeable or memorable. Their dialouge feels forced and dry.
#2 The primary love story has no feeling and is also dry. The starcrossed lesbian lovers evoke absolutely no passion. #3 The main character is whiny dramatic annoying and this does not enhance the storyline. #4 The mermaid theme was underexplored. All we heard about was her feet pain and her toungue pain blah, blah. #5 The author tried to be so deep by revolving the whole story around opera and comparing everything to operatic things but it was not that deep. It was boring and pretentious.#5 The author used tons of descriptions about mundane things that did not add to the story. Avoid, Avoid,Avoid. Normally I hate that I am blowing thru my audiobooks too fast, hah not with this one.
The narrator was not bad, not great. I did not like the story being told from multiple person's point of view either. I did not like this book. I would not recommend or reread.
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By Whitney on 05-05-17
An old friend with a makeover
I loved it! The story of the little mermaid taken and spun into a beautiful web of history, music, and magic. A new classic. I'm sure I'll reread it again and again.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful