Friday, November 8, 2013

#BookReview: Marriage & The Mermaid (a Hapless Heros) by Louise Cusack


On the jacket:

Balthazar Wilson wants nothing more than to be married with children, but he can’t seem to find Miss Right. A visit to his widower father at the Wilson family’s historical homestead in coastal Queensland, however, quickly proves to Baz that he has more things to worry about than his own happily ever after. His wealthy father’s eccentric behavior looks frighteningly like dementia, a blonde with no past washes up on their isolated beach looking for sex, the new cleaning lady is a kleptomaniac, an Internet scammer turns up with a gun to steal Baz’s inheritance, and a local cop thinks the blonde is a killer mermaid. When Baz's ex-colleague Wynne Malone arrives to charm him, Baz isn't sure if he wants to kiss her or have a mental breakdown.

Read Marriage & the Mermaid to find out if Baz does finally 'get the girl', and who survives that fateful weekend at Saltwood Manor.

Review:

Yet another quick, awesome read by Louise Cusack!

Baz Wilson, our hero, is surrounded by problems. So much that new problems generate out of existing problems. His marriage ended with a divorce and his father is half mad. He hasn't come out of the trauma of his mother's death, even though two decades have passed since then. All Baz wants is to marry to the right girl and hald children. His crazy father is out to write half his property to some conman.

One day Baz finds a weird looking woman wash ashore, and she asks him to have sex with her, have a baby with her. She is a mermaid and leaves Baz perplexed. 

There is murder in town and Venus, the mermaid is the suspect. Here begins a million confusions and scheming/plottings. Cusack has some mild shockers in the plot, towards the end, specially when it comes to Venus's identity. Cusack has written some brilliant fantasy novels, I have heard, but the ease with with she has written this book is also remarkable. 

Rating: ****/5

[This is an author request review. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.] 

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