Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Silencing the Siren (Ever After Mysteries) by Denise L Barela



Andrew Grayson thought he had everything… until he met her.

The indulged son of wealthy parents, Andrew has always gotten whatever he wanted almost before he knew he wanted it—clothes, gadgets… even a car! What more could a young man desire?

Enter Annabel Thompson. Freakshow mermaid extraordinaire… in a wheelchair!

Of course, her beauty attracts him. How could it not? Add to that a kind heart, and Andrew can’t help but fall for her.

Annabel’s connection with the freakshow repels his parents and their society friends. They want him to sever all ties with her and his new friends. Oh, and marry the “right” girl with the “right connections.” But he won’t do it. He’ll defy them and marry his little mermaid.

When Annabel turns up missing, declared dead, things don’t add up, Andrew begins asking some difficult questions, the most important being, “What happened to the little mermaid of the Coney Island freak show?”

Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries. Silencing the Siren offers a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” that will keep you gripped to the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold.

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Silencing the Siren is a wonderful addition to the Ever After Mysteries series of books. This is the first I've read from Denise but definitely won't be the last.

Her account of the life of the showmen, a troupe of so-called misfits, held my interest from the beginning. I admired her main characters for their determination to be who they were meant to be. Andrew, a man of privilege in society, but stifled by his parent's ability to control his life, turns to the group of performers and their way of life to learn some precious life lessons. He also finds his heart captured by one of them, Annabelle, a young performer wheelchair-bound. I loved Annabelle's soft-heartedness and her ability to not let her circumstances control who she is.

Plenty of mystery, sweet romance, the emotional build-up to a fantastic ending. Also, plenty of lessons in God's trust and understanding. This one has it all. Highly recommended.


Denise L. Barela is a twenty-something-year-old writer with a passion for fiction, her faith, and just being creative in general. When she's not working away at her desk, you might find her reading a good book or following Alice down the rabbit hole...

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