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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 Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day. Vanessa's parents want to work through the tragedy by returning to their everyday lives back in Boston, but Vanessa can't help feeling that her sister's death was more than an accident. After discovering that Justine never applied to colleges, and that she was secretly in a relationship with longtime family friend Caleb Carmichael, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor to seek some answers. But when Vanessa learns that Caleb has been missing since Justine's death, she and Caleb's older brother, Simon, join forces to try to find him, and in the process, their childhood friendship blossoms into something more. Soon it's not just Vanessa who is afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes home to a string of fatal, water-related accidents . . . in which all the victims are found grinning from ear to ear. As Vanessa and Simon probe further into the connections between Justine's death and the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance, and that will change her life more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 147.32 x 205.74 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • Egmont USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1606840746
  • 9781606840740
  • 630,234

About Tricia Rayburn

Tricia Rayburn is the author of the well-reviewed middle-grade Maggie Bean series. She lives on Long Island with her fiancé. Siren is her first novel for young adults.  Visit her online at more

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7,346 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (2,382)
3 28% (2,043)
2 10% (710)
1 3% (237)

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Vanessa Sands and her older sister, Justine, are very different, but very close. Justine is the daredevil and loves to be in the spotlight and the center of attention, while Vanessa is afraid of everything. One night, after a family argument, Justine's fearless ways end in a tragic accident. Her body is found washed ashore after a cliff-diving accident near her family's vacation house in Maine. But Vanessa doesn't believe that her sister's death was just an accident and she sets out to prove it. She soon learn that her sister was not who she thought she was and had been keeping secrets from almost everyone, except her boyfriend and childhood friend, Caleb (who is now missing). Meanwhile, other bodies are now washing up on shore. Vanessa is sure that this is no coincidence and that there is some reason for all of these deaths. With Simon's (Caleb's brother's) help, they uncover the secret to what is happening in the town. And while she is finding that she has feelings for Simon, she is also discovering that her family has a secret of its own that she never dreamt of. SIREN is a unique and interesting story. Right from the first chapter, I was hooked! I felt that the writing flowed so well and I flew through it. I have only read a couple of books about mermaids, but I don't think any of them had been about Sirens. The story just enthralled me and there were a couple of twists, which I always love. I really liked all of the characters. I thought that they all had depth to them and seemed real. I found myself rooting for the main characters, and even the secondary characters. The only thing that I didn't like is that there seemed to be some loose ends at the end of the story, but I won't say what so that I don't spoil it. I'm not sure if this book is going to be part of a series or not, but I sure hope so!show more
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