Shelly Connors moved to the Alabama bayou community to live with her cousins, Jet and Lily, after the death of her parents. As a half-mermaid, she needed the connection to her own kind...and to the waters of the Gulf. By day she works as a water therapist and at night she transforms and swims in the waters near the family home. Life is peaceful and easy. Until the night something wrapped in plastic is dumped in the water near Shelly as she is out swimming.
Shelly can feel the wrongness of the large, oblong, plastic-wrapped object even before she slices it open to see what’s inside, but the shock of seeing the young woman’s face, eyes gouged out, is almost more than she can bear. Shelly surfaces and comes face-to-face with the man who dumped the victim – and becomes a target herself. Now Shelly must protect herself, and her cousins, from the very real threat of retribution from a serial killer. A serial killer who knows their secret.
This debut novel from Alabama author Debbie Herbert is not what I expected. With Harlequin Nocturne as the publisher, I thought Siren’s Secret would be…fluffy. Instead the novel is a well-plotted, intriguing, thriller with a believable romance and a leaning toward the paranormal. It was still a quick read, but mostly because I didn’t want to put it down. I would recommend this genre-crossing novel to fans of romantic suspense and paranormal fans who are looking for something different.