Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
* I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.
Linnea’s favourite spot is an area on a rocky shoreline where one misstep can catapult her straight into the sea. Despite its danger, this is where she meets and falls in love with, a mermaid called Mren. But Linnea’s ex-boyfriend threatens the only thing Linnea loves, and she must do something before it goes too far.
Haws has something special here. This short story is incredible and manages to pack an exciting yet terrifying story into a mere 66 pages.
The story moves between Linnea’s time at sea and her life outside of her spot where she is constantly harassed by Mikey. Outside of the fantasy elements, the novella highlights the importance of taking abuse victims seriously. There are multiple moments where Linnea’s reports of her boyfriend aren’t taken seriously and there is a lack of care when it came to punishing harassers.
I only have one complaint. This deserves to be a full-length novel. It has so much potential for a full-length novel, which would’ve allowed for longer and more detailed development between Linnea and Mren. (and space for Mren’s history – her past history is a story in itself)
Overall, it’s an interesting read about mermaids and revenge. Short, yet enjoyable.
Trigger warning: Domestic abuse, physical abuse, toxic relationships, harassment and stalking. (If you’ve read the book and felt like I’ve missed something out, please tell me!!)