The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey | Book Review

Fans of the 2017 Oscar award-winning movie, The Shape of Water, need look no further than this sensual book about a cursed mermaid who falls in love with a local fisherman who saves her from captivity after she is caught swimming in the Caribbean by two Americans.

Blending magic and myth, The Mermaid of Black Conch is a truly tantalising book that draws the reader in. Set in the mid-1970s, the book revolves around the story of a woman cursed by other jealous women to live as a mermaid, and what happens when she is captured and falls in love with a man. What makes the book powerful is Roffey’s way of writing, which is poetic and direct: each word feels carefully chosen to evoke emotions from the reader. Roffey makes you believe in the existence of mythical creatures and guides you into a world that feels familiar yet alien all at once.

For anyone craving a literary fix and looking to be transported to another time and place, this is an absolute must-read.

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