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Publisher's Summary

There's always more beneath the surface.

Once, Hope Payne was a mermaid, performing at the local theme park and captivating audiences young and old.

Today, she's married to a pragmatic marine biologist who has filled the pool in their backyard with flounder for a special study. Before he begins, the fish vanish - echoing a loss Hope alone can understand. She senses there's something underwater, something alive and hungry for more, but is she in too deep to ever resurface?

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult's "Mermaid" is a spellbinding short story about the sacrifice it takes to swim again.

©2017 Jodi Picoult (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Kay
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • 11-05-17

Cute short story

This was a cute short story but it ended a little weird for me. Maybe if it was longer I might have liked it better.

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Wish I didn't pay to listen to this short story

This is my first read of JP. I see from other reviewers that maybe I shouldn't judge the author too badly from this title. I listened on my audible account while driving so I didn't get to appreciate the apparently awesome visual effects offered by Kindle that other reviewers talked about. This (very) short story is so choppy and all over the place with such an abrupt ending that I actually wondered if my audible app was malfunctioning. This is the perspective a young married woman, whose sanity is questionable. WTH is going on? is what I was thinking during most of this reading. I might have appreciated it more if it was longer and more developed. I don't mind mystical, magical threads in stories, but give me something to sink my teeth into. Overall, I am annoyed that I spent half an audible credit on it. There was a special 2 for 1 offer going on. Call me a sucker!

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  • YS
  • 07-10-18

Like the story

I hope this means there will be a book following this short story. It had my attention from the beginning and didn’t even realize it was done.

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  • Vicky Kendall
  • 11-06-17

what a waste

so disappointed in this VERY short story. i thought i was buying a novel but apparently not