"A whimsical romantic fantasy"
The race of Mers lives in, on, or by the sea but they do
not have tails or shift from half human to human and back
again. They are very strong physically and are able to
speak telepathically with their own kind and the high order
of sea creatures. June Lee Pourfox is on probation because
she squelched a deal with Donald Trump and a Mer. She is in
the custody of Lilith who asks her to bring Molly Reve, a
famous writer who tells stories about mermaids to Bellmede
a seaside town right across from Seinte's Point Island.
Molly, who suffers from Leukemia and damaged legs, fears
that her cat is going to die any day of old age. She is a
floater, a person with Mer blood running through her veins
but is unaware of her heritage. June Lee kidnaps Molly and
brings her to the home of her clan where she meets Rhymer.
He is a Mer who is protecting his three neices from their
father, a sleeper much more powerful than Singers like
Molly and Rhymer. He believes the swimmer killed his sister
and is doing his best to keep his nieces away from him.
Rhymer and Molly fall in love and through his affections,
she comes into her powers as a Mer and is physically
blessed and ready to battle with the swimmer.
This romantic fantasy is a combination of romance, chick-
lit and conspiracy thriller. Deborah Smith creates a world
of Mers that is so believable readers will believe they
celebrate the world and have the ability to do it if some
brave Mers do not stop them. DIARY OF A RADICAL MERMAID is
a cross between Lara Croft's Tomb Raider and Daryl Hannah's
Splash. Ms Smith is a joy to read because she knows how to
give pleasure to readers who want something magical.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted June 15, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 23, 2007