The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
Brighton Beach, 1993
Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears.
Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was – and what happened to her best friend that summer.
But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust…
Finding a body on the beach twenty five years ago has affected all of Nell's family. Not only did her best friend go missing shortly after but another four bodies were found washed up on beaches.
Harassment by one of the police officers has ruined her father's life and Nell still hates the police force.
In her spare time Nell finds missing people and researches family trees in the hope of finding someone who through their DNA might be related to the Brighton Mermaid and thus be able to give her her proper name.
Like all Dorothy Koomson's books this one is a magical mystery tour of intrigue. I didn't know who Nell could trust along the way or if her life was in danger. The last third of the book is edge of your seat reading with a nail biting finish.
I wish I could tell you more but that would be spoiling a good read for you and I don't do spoilers. So read and enjoy!
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