The Mermaid Collector by Erika Marks is a well written book, I must have more! I would love Erika Marks to write another book about this wonderful story of lives that come together through time. When I ended the book. I was disappointed not with the ending, with myself for reading this book so quickly! This is a story of present day with a woman, Tess, that is dealing with her mother’s death. Tess, is trying to find herself throughout the story. In a small town in Maine called Cradle Harbor, for Tess, finding herself is a hard thing to do. She has never been accepted by the town. After her mother threw herself into the sea, Tess struggles even more. To make matters more unique in this story, this is not the first time the sea has taken a life, (or lives). There is a legend of mermaids taking men some time ago. Cradle Harbor celebrates the legend by having a mermaid festival every year. For Tess, this year changes her life!
Erika Marks writes with ease, she pulls you into a very different tale of legend mixed with present day in this little town in Maine. I really loved Tess the main character of present day. She wants to be strong show the town who she is, in reality Tess doesn’t know who she is at all. As the story progresses in the present time Tess opens up to finding herself. Although, I really wonder how one can do that always needing someone else. Tess is one of those women that need a man, I think Tess makes the right decision in the end. As this story goes back and forth in time, I found myself pulled to the past. Maybe that is the historical fiction lover in me.
Linus, (character of the past), the lighthouse keeper is somewhat bewitched after returning from a tragic event at sea. I rarely like when the author does not explain exactly what happened to change Linus and the other men that were on the vessel, (even in the ending). However, in this case author Marks was leaving it up to the reader to fill in the blanks. Linus’s wife is forever changed with this event, because the man that has come back to her after the tragic boat accident is not the husband she knew. Lydia,(the lighthouse keepers wife), upon his return finds herself in a bit of a pickle. She wants to be happy, wants to be excited about the events in the future along with the return of her husband but cannot because she feels he has not returned himself.
My heart ached when I read the past, (1800’s) with Linus and Lydia, I began to sympathize with Lydia. Bring your tissues for parts of this book! Compelling!
Some things that I did not like in The Mermaid Collector, was the swearing. A little over half way through the book a character gets introduced into the book by the name of Dean, he is Tess’s love interests brother. Dean is an alcoholic and likes to be bad. The character himself swears too much, although the book is clean otherwise in content. This character I wanted to skip over, as I do not like swearing-in books. It was my choice not to put the book down for the compelling story that I was almost through.
I will admit the legend was really my motivation for reading this book. I needed to read what happened in 1800’s. What the legend was all about, as well as, see how the characters ended in the story. If you are looking for an adult read, be warned this does have curse words in a quarter of the book. I also was very interested in mermaids, this is not a book based entirely on mermaids. In fact, the mermaids are not really present or talked about much in the book. I wanted more about mermaids!
I liked the drama, the issues, the way all the characters lives came together to connect in some way, (past and present). The way the book flowed, this is definitely a chick lit book. Add The Mermaid Collector to your Goodreads!
My rating 4 out of 5 Stars-Is there ever an adult book without swearing. I would have given this book 5 stars had it not been for the swearing! I will rally have to watch the publishers that I read.