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...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: I heard Christina Henry was going to take on P.T. Barnum, my reaction pretty much looked like this . . . . Only with more facial hair...

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    My Experience: I started reading The Mermaid on 8/9/18 and finished it on 8/20/18 at 2am. This book is a marvelous read! Such a lyrical narrative! I love the clever ways the characters are thinking an...

  • 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...

  • Jennifer (Jen/The Tolkien Gal/??????)

    Review to come when I can stop crying.__________________________________________Thanks to the lovely Miranda Reads, whose review convinced me to buy this book on Audible ASAP. You can read her amazing...

  • 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

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Plot-wise, this book was EXACTLY what you would expect it to be. Enjoyment-wise, it was pretty meh. Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it. Probably a 2.5...

  • Katie.dorny

    This was Christina’s best book by far - she is definitely improving with each publication!!!I picked this up thinking it was a re-telling of the little mermaid (it’s not) but instead found a compe...