When We Believed in Mermaids

When We Believed in Mermaids

From the author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.

Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…

Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions—grief, loss, and anger—that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.

After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.

Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything.

Title:When We Believed in Mermaids
ISBN:9781542004527
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    When We Believed in Mermaids Reviews

  • Julie

    When we Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal is a 2019 Lake Union publication. A drama that probes the complexity of family, sisterly bonds and the power of love and forgivenessKit’s sister, Jo...

  • BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)

    What I Loved: I loved the cover of this book. Fair warning, this was not a well-liked book for me.How I Felt: The beginning of this book had me completely hooked. "My sister had been dead for fifteen ...

  • Jeff

    You're Going To Want To Read This Somewhere Where You Can Cry. Wow. This is a tragic tale, all around. It is primarily about two sisters and the scars they share - and the lengths they will both go to...

  • Jeanne Adamek

    I am planning, sometime in the future, on re-reading this book. Barbara O´Neal is one of my favorite authors, her descriptive abilities are powerful... lush. I have to admit that I couldn´t dnf this...

  • Susan Peterson

    When We Believed in Mermaids is an engrossing, turbulent, and poignant book about two sisters, Kit and Josie. When the story begins, Kit is shocked to see her sister in the background of a news broadc...

  • Barb in Maryland

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed it, but... I was often annoyed with the characters, the narration, the speed with which everything occurred. (Maybe I was just reading with my grumpy pants on).The blurb is pretty...

  • Wendy

    When We Believed In Mermaids is a novel about sisters, love, lies, loss and healing.The storyline switches between two sisters and between the past and the present.I thoroughly enjoyed this well-writt...

  • Gemma Clark

    So much wasted potential. Fair warning, I did not enjoy this book. (I don't think there's spoilers but proceed at risk) I’m absolutely gutted at how dreadful this book was. It has firmly lodged itse...

  • Becca

    To be honest, I wasn't impressed. The synopsis sounded more promising than what was actually delivered. The book fell flat for me. If you want to read a good book about sisters, I suggest reading Mrs....

  • Kiki Z

    This book was a solid read but a few things kept me from really enjoying it. One, Josie is very selfish, and when she's young, with her issues, it's understandable. As an adult though... I really cann...