I found out about this novel from Angel over at Mermaid Vision Books due to her Mermaid Month. That, and at the blogger meet-up a few weeks ago she was talking it up like crazy – basically how the cover is gorgeous (which it is) but that people were giving her weird stares on public transit because of it. Needless to say, I can’t wait for this one to come out at the end of next summer!
Written by: Elizabeth Fama
Released: August 21, 2012 by Farrar Straus Giroux
Summary: Monstrous mermaids, ghosts, and a century-old curse feature in this beautifully crafted, compulsively readable thriller.In 1872, mermaid Syrenka falls in love with a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.One hundred thirty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger and feels drawn to him in a way she can't explain or resist. For generations, love and death have been inextricably linked for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect...or a curse? Hester's investigation of her family's strange, sad history leads her to the graveyard, the crypt, and the bottom of the ocean--but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of long ago.
Ok, the name Hester aside, this sounds so good! And that cover! The main character could have the worse female name ever and I would still want to read this novel purely because of the cover.