Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
A girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves in this gripping, atmospheric debut novel.
The sea holds many secrets.
Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.
Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.
About: Songs from the Deep is a historical young adult fantasy written by Kelly Powell. It will be published on 11/5/2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 304 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, historical fiction, and mystery. This book is the author’s debut and it’s intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Founded by legendary editor Margaret K. McElderry in 1972, Margaret K. McElderry Books is a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division, recognized internationally as a publisher of literary author-driven fiction and nonfiction for the teen, middle grade, picture book, and poetry markets.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Songs from the Deep on 10/15/2019 and finished it on 10/19/2019. I dived blindly into this book hoping the story is all about sirens singing and luring unsuspecting victims to their deaths but it’s not all. It’s about a girl sleuthing a murder because she believes the killer is not who the police says it is. This book is slow going all the way through. It sparks some interest in me when Jude reveals Moira a secret he has been keeping. The story focuses also on how their friendship started and then fall apart and how their fathers were fascinated by the sirens. There are some surprises of where the story were heading that I didn’t expect.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Moira, 17 as she played the violin by the cliff’s edge while the sirens lounged around down on the beach. There used to be more than ten sirens when she first played the music but sirens do killed people and the islanders allowed sirens hunting until a ban was placed. A new body found by the beach this morning and it’s not the usual tourist but one of their own islander and Moira is adamant that it’s murder. Being fascinated by the sirens, Moira vow to find the real killer rather than sit still and let others blame the sirens for the killing so that the hunting ban could be lifted. She enlisted her friend Jude, 19, to help.
Songs from the Deep is well written. Moira being a daddy’s girl isn’t on good terms with her mom. I don’t like how she walks about like she’s important and has little regards for adults. A favorite character in this book for me is Jude just because he works at the lighthouse. Interesting how he personally wants the job and wants to keep it continue down the generations of his family. I like how the friendship slowly morphs into love. The love is very faint that this book can be for middle grade readers too. I wonder what year this story takes place because Jude was excited to finally get a telephone.
Pro: island, violin, sirens, friendship, lighthouse
Con: slow paced
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Kelly Powell has a bachelor’s degree in history and book and media studies from the University of Toronto. She currently lives in Ontario. Songs from the Deep is her debut novel. (Photo and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).
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