Death Of A Mermaid by Lesley Thomson – Book Review

Death Of A Mermaid by Lesley Thomson – Book Review


Freddy left her childhood home in Newhaven twenty-two years ago and swore never to return. But now her parents are dead, and she’s back in her hometown to help her brothers manage the family fishmonger. Nothing here has changed: the stink of fish coming up from the marshes; the shopping trolleys half-buried by muddy tides; the neighbours sniffing for a new piece of gossip.

It’s not what Freddy would have chosen, but at least while she’s here she’ll get to see her childhood best friends, Toni and Mags. At school, the three of them were inseparable. The teachers called them the Mermaids for their obsession with the sea, and with each other.

Then Mags goes missing, and Freddy must decide. Go back home to her new life, or stay in Newhaven and find her friend?



The Mermaids were a group of school friends in Newhaven. Now grown up, Mags and Toni are still in the town, Freddy had left after a family disagreement years before.

But, Freddy returns as her mother is dying, Toni is a cop and investigating a murder and Mags, has disappeared.  What happened in the women’s past that has them worried.

Set in a small fishing community, this is a murder mystery, but at its heart is a tale of friendship, secrets and guilt. It’s a slow burn of a thriller, but so atmospheric and twisty with some real surprises along the way. A thoroughly entertaining read.

Thank you to Vicky at Head Of Zeus for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.


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Lesley Thomson was born in 1958 and grew up in London. She went to Holland Park Comprehensive and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Her novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People’s Book Prize in 2010. Lesley combines writing with teaching creative writing. She lives in Lewes with her partner.




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