Saturday Screams #46 ~ The Mermaid’s Revenge

Posted: February 3, 2018 in Creatures, horror, reviews
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Welcome to my Saturday Screams where I share books that, well, make you scream!

Today’s offering is a mermaid story. Not for the squeamish!

Take a close look at the cover. Doesn’t it give you the chills?


The Mermaid’s Revenge

by Amy Cross


Genre:  Horror


My Review

This was a wicked little mermaid tale. Ever wanted to see a real one? You might want to rethink that.

Sylvia lives in a penthouse apartment with her mother. The only other people she interacts with are her mother’s two employees. She’s rarely allowed outside, home schooled and is never to go to the lower level.

But one night that changes. Her mother takes her to the forbidden room and reveals her find. It’s a real live mermaid. Terrified of the strange looking creature, Sylvia is also drawn to it.

The mermaid’s fate is sealed. But what about Sylvia’s?

This was a page turner from the first chapter. I was curious about why Sylvia was kept cut off from the world. And once the author introduced her alluring yet horrific mermaid and revealed the mother’s motives, the story took that anticipated turn towards the dark side.

I watched a movie called She where a mermaid was captured to be put on display. It was incredible. As was the mermaid in this book. It appeared to be beautiful and helpless. But that proved to be deceiving. It was deadly and motivated. Drawing from that movie, I could see so much that occurred. It really was horrific. I felt so bad for Sylvia. She’s just a little girl and there’s a murderous mermaid about to wreck her world.

The author gave me a lean, mean read. No wasted words while still fleshing out the characters enough to allow me to connect and like or dislike them. And the mystery behind what the mother wanted from the mermaid gave the story a little something extra.

I love a dark mermaid tale and this one had it all. Villainous characters, an innocent protagonist, and a mermaid straight out of a horror film. The copious bloody scenes and warped motivations all left me wondering whether discovering real mermaids would be such a good thing.

4 Stars



Terrified of the world, Sylvia lives with her mother in a luxury penthouse apartment. For Sylvia, everything is a cause for fear and panic. Isolated and friendless, she has no interest in the outside world at all. And then, one day, her mother unveils her latest purchase.

A mermaid.

A real, live mermaid, captured and placed in a water tank.

For Sylvia, the mermaid is both terrifying and fascinating. Repulsive and beautiful. Soon, however, Sylvia discovers that the mermaid hasn’t just been brought to London so it can be put on display. And as the mermaid makes plans to escape its terrible fate, Sylvia is thrown into a horrific battle for survival.

The Mermaid’s Revenge is the story of a scared little girl who comes face to face with the true horrors of the natural world.



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  1. Mermaids are one creature that I never really read about and judging by this book, I certainly don’t want to meet any!

  2. Lilyn G says:

    I’ve liked what I’ve read of Amy Cross. This looks like it could be a good one.

  3. LOVE that cover. How could I miss this one? I just read a couple mer/siren books by Errin Stevens. Can’t get enough of them :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I got this free a while ago. It isn’t right now but she does a lot of freebies for her books. Check on Amazon. You might have it. I have a bunch of her books and they are on my list to get to this year.

  4. fuonlyknew says:

    This one was good and twisted. I like how she keeps the story lean. All meat and no fat.

  5. This sounds great!!! I shared it, so I remember to look for the book later lol

  6. Mermaids! Greg would like this book. 😀

  7. Daniela Ark says:

    images of captured mermaids always seemed very creepy to me! :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      It was a chilling scenario. I could see her in that tank. If mermaids could hide from us so successfully, why did they think it would hold her?

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