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False Mermaid | [Erin Hart]

False Mermaid

American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.
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Publisher's Summary

American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora can't move forward until she goes back to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

Determined to put her sister's case to rest and anxious about her 11-year-old niece, Elizabeth, Nora returns to Saint Paul, Minnesota, to find that her brother-in-law, Peter Hallett, is about to remarry and has plans to leave the country with his new bride. Nora has long suspected Hallett in Trona's murder, though there has never been any proof of his involvement, and now she believes that his new wife and Elizabeth may both be in danger. Time is short, and as Nora begins reinvestigating her sister's death, missed clues and ever-more disturbing details come to light. What is the significance of the "false mermaid" seeds found on Trona's body? Why was her behavior so erratic in the days before her murder?

Is there a link between Trona's death and that of another young woman? Nora's search for answers takes her from the banks of the Mississippi to the cliffs of Ireland, where the eerie story of a fisherman's wife who vanished more than a century ago offers up uncanny parallels. As painful secrets come to light, Nora is drawn deeper into a past that still threatens to engulf her and must determine how much she is prepared to sacrifice to put one tragedy to rest...and to make sure that history doesn't repeat itself.

©2009 Erin Hart (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Rich with atmosphere and Irish legend, this exceptionally crafted story of murder, family secrets, and redemption is a welcome addition to Hart’s suspenseful series.” (Library Journal)

“Few writers combine as seamlessly as Hart does the subtlety, lyrical language, and melancholy of literary fiction with the pulse-pounding suspense of the best thrillers.” (Booklist)

“Many readers will find this passionate, complex novel almost impossible to put down.” (Publisher's Weekly)

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    Carol 05-09-13
    Carol 05-09-13

    I love to read but don't have much time so, listening to books has become a necessary passion. If I can't read, I'll listen and it makes mundane things like driving long distances and cleaning house bearable.

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    If you could sum up False Mermaid in three words, what would they be?

    Terrible amateurish narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Actual story is pretty good but the narrator is distracting when she portrays men.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rosalyn Landor’s performances?

    Only if she improves her narration of males. She lowers her voice excessively to portray the male characters which is completely unnecessary. It comes off sounding like she's reading a childrens book to a class of 5 year olds.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No crying, some laughing due to narrators style of depicting men.


    Any additional comments?

    Change in character gender should be subtle, it isn't necessary for female narrators to portray men by doing a ridiculous bass voice, at least not for adults.

    This really effects the flow of the story and is extremely distracting. A male character described as "too handsome" just became snuffalupagus.




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    Barbara de Garcia Silver Spring, MD United States 03-23-13
    Barbara de Garcia Silver Spring, MD United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator. If done in an Irish accent, chose an Irish narrator.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The narration was so distracting I sometimes lost the plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    hated the narration. The main character is an American who works in Ireland. Two-thirds of the story takes place in the US but the narrator who is British (Rosalyn Landor) chose to read the book in an over-the-top stage Irish accent. So, so annoying. She mispronounces Irish names and place names, and her pronunciation of Irish (Gaelic) is atrocious, the name Triona should be pronounced tree-nuh not tree-own-a (like Fiona) and Glencomlumkille is not pronounced glen-cawl-um-killy. Her male characters all sound like grumpy old men even when they are teenagers. Her children's voices are even worse, if that's possible. She over dramatizes every scene. Her inability to convincingly differentiate voices of different ages and genders ruins the listening experience.If i could give the audiobook less than 1 star, I would. I will avoid anything by this narrator in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good, but read it rather than listen to the audiobook. Unfortunately these bad experiences with narrators make me want to cancel my subscription to Audible.

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    Tom 03-07-13
    Tom 03-07-13
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    "accent too "something""

    The narrator's Irish accent was too thick, too strong for me. A bit was ok, but after a couple of hours, I had to give up.

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