Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama is a story about mermaids, but probably not like what you're thinking. In this book, the mermaids are generally dark and vicious, even when they don't mean to be. Also, there are vengeful ghosts.
I keep trying to find a good angle from which to
summarize the plot of this book, and I can't seem to do it. There are
two interwoven stories, one in the present and one in the past, and of
course the events in the past have a great deal of impact on the events
in the present. The intricacy of the plot is a testament to the quality
of the writing -- I didn't get lost or bogged down in reading it. There
were a few things that were a little difficult to buy (the romance, for
one -- I'm getting awfully picky about the romantic plots in books,
aren't I?), and I think most readers will see certain twists coming
before the main character does, but that's all part of the fun.
realize this is a pretty vague review, but if you think complicated
plots involving vicious mermaids and unquiet spirits might be your
thing, this book is for you.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)