Review: Siren by Tricia Rayburn

From Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.

Siren is a paranormal thriller in the most thrilling sense. I loved following Vanessa on her road to discovering that Sirens do exist and they just may have killed her likable sister Justine. She realizes at some point she may love Simon the next door neighbor and their relationship progresses well through the book but it doesn’t overshadow the mystery of the book at all.

I love the fact that Rayburn has capitalized on the paranormal trend but done it in such a unique way using Sirens. She uses what we know from lore and weaved it into a fresh, witty, and seductive volume. The characters are fleshed out. The town sounds like an amazing place to live. I need to look it up and see if it exists.

There is the much needed creepy old man named Oliver in the story and I just imagined him with that harsh New England accent. I would love to see this as a movie. We all know I have read loads of vampires, faerie, and witch and werewolf books, while I love them all I needed something different in this genre and Siren does just that.

Take this book too the beach and read it while you are listening to the waves crash. You won’t be disappointed.

If you like Rachel Hawthorne or Allison Noel you will love Tricia Rayburn’s Siren.

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