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Publisher's Summary

There's always more beneath the surface.

Once, Hope Payne was a mermaid, performing at the local theme park and captivating audiences young and old.

Today, she's married to a pragmatic marine biologist who has filled the pool in their backyard with flounder for a special study. Before he begins, the fish vanish - echoing a loss Hope alone can understand. She senses there's something underwater, something alive and hungry for more, but is she in too deep to ever resurface?

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult's "Mermaid" is a spellbinding short story about the sacrifice it takes to swim again.

©2017 Jodi Picoult (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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what a waste

so disappointed in this VERY short story. i thought i was buying a novel but apparently not

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  • Kay
  • 05-11-2017

Cute short story

This was a cute short story but it ended a little weird for me. Maybe if it was longer I might have liked it better.

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  • MW
  • 04-10-2019

Disappointed

I usually love this author. I did not enjoy this piece. It was boring and did not go anywhere.

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  • Cassandra
  • 12-09-2020

strange storyline

I love Jodi Picoult. This was a least favorite for me. it was a strange story.

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  • SGen
  • 17-07-2020

Not a fan

I absolutely love Jodi Picoult. She is my favorite author, but this story was so hard to follow. Like all of her stories, it was magnificently written, but it was a complete enigma. As someone that has gone through a pregnancy loss, I can understand what she was going for, but it perhaps went too far and needed to be reeled in a bit before ending.

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  • Commoncent$
  • 30-07-2019

Short short for Jodi Picoult

It's a great short story from Jodi Picoult, no doubt, but I just wanted more. I barely got an understanding for the characters and the situation and it was over.

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  • Patty K.
  • 24-08-2018

Wish I didn't pay to listen to this short story

This is my first read of JP. I see from other reviewers that maybe I shouldn't judge the author too badly from this title. I listened on my audible account while driving so I didn't get to appreciate the apparently awesome visual effects offered by Kindle that other reviewers talked about. This (very) short story is so choppy and all over the place with such an abrupt ending that I actually wondered if my audible app was malfunctioning. This is the perspective a young married woman, whose sanity is questionable. WTH is going on? is what I was thinking during most of this reading. I might have appreciated it more if it was longer and more developed. I don't mind mystical, magical threads in stories, but give me something to sink my teeth into. Overall, I am annoyed that I spent half an audible credit on it. There was a special 2 for 1 offer going on. Call me a sucker!

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  • AJ Holmes
  • 21-12-2021

WHAT AN AMAZING, IMMERSING EXPERIENCE!

This is one of the most immersing books I've ever read. It was like watching a movie. To listen to the narration while reading along and watching the pages come to life. The story on its on was really good and I enjoyed the writing style but collectively, the book was amazing! I have a pretty active imagination and while reading, books play out in my head but this was so much better. I simply must find more books like this. This is the first book I've read from this author but I see from her previous works that she's the author of the book that one of my favorite movies was based on. I'll certainly be taking in more of Jodi's work.

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  • J M
  • 15-08-2021

I don’t get it

I generally love Jodi Picoult’s writing. This, however, was not only strange but made no sense.

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  • Sue Hurst
  • 16-07-2020

I always learn something!

This was not my favorite Jodi Picoult novel but I always learn a lot!

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  • Candice
  • 29-06-2020

Amazing!

The girl doing the reading really narrated well! Engaging! Short but great story for audibles

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  • jenaskfirst
  • 30-12-2020

extremely short

was over before it began I'm a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, I've bought every book she's written, unfortunately I was sad that this was extremely short and well very sadly not to the standard of all her other amazing books

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