The Mermaid

The Mermaid

From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum's American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid.

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About Christina Henry

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

    The Mermaid Reviews

  • Miranda Reads

    4.5 stars The fisherman loosed her and she dove back into the water the way a wild thing returns to a wild place, and he watched her go. But...his loneliness snaked into her, and she was sorry for it...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    2.5 starsSo this is my first Christina Henry book. I knew that she was getting known to be fantastic at her dark re-tellings of some of my favorite stories. This is actual footage of me getting ready ...

  • destiny ? howling libraries

    He knew then, without any other proof, that she was a mermaid, a real mermaid, and far from wanting her in Barnum’s tank, he wanted her to return to the ocean or to her cottage on the rocks or jus...

  • Jennifer

    Note: The Mermaid is a reimagining of P.T. Barnum and his 1840s Feejee Mermaid hoax and not a retelling/reimagining of The Little Mermaid.I tend to have a hard time enjoying reimaginings/retellings of...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Seriously?!?!?!?!?!?! The world is not prepared for the epic tantrum I will engage in if I don't receive a copy of this immediately. And also everyone knows I'm Christina Henry's biggest fangirl so sh...

  • Mohammed Arabey

    Well, half way through...and I'm totally “Hooked” !Smooth writing style, mixing fairytale with historical 19 century life, criticising society that fits even these days...And just great

  • Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley/Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed my first Christina Henry book. I'd had my eye on her Lost Boy book a...

  • Jennifer (Jen/The Tolkien Gal)

    Thanks to the lovely Miranda Reads, whose review convinced me to buy this book on Audible ASAP. You can read her amazing review, here: genre is out of my co...

  • Sarah Marie

    The Mermaid by Christina Henry5 stars“Freedom was far more intoxicating than safety could ever be.”The mermaid swam in the oceans and enjoyed her freedom. Then a fisherman’s net captured her and...

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    I liked this book and thought it was well done. I do have to say that this book was a little different than I expected. That isn't a bad thing since I like being surprised by the books that I am readi...