Book Review: When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel

This week, I’m reviewing When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel, by Barbara O’Neal.

Kit Bianci is a California-based doctor who suffered the loss of her sister, Josie, in a terrorist attack while Josie was traveling in France. But, fifteen years later, Kit swears she spots her sister in a news report about a night club fire, in New Zealand. Kit makes the journey to New Zealand, seeking the truth of what happened to her sister, only to discover Josie has been living a lie.

This is my first book by Barbara O’Neal. I found her characters really relatable. The story weaves between Kit and Josie, in past and present. While the telling of this story is complex, at no point did I find myself lost. It is artfully crafted. It’s a emotional read as these two sisters, separated for so long, start weave their shared past back together and rebuild their relationship.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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6 Comments on “Book Review: When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel”

  1. I just finished this book as well, and I really enjoyed it. Having just one sister myself, I found I was really able to imagine the complex feelings Kit had – the heartbreak, betrayal, relief, anger. It was really a touching story.

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