“Songs From The Deep” by Kelly Powell
Source: Unplugged Book Box
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
The sea holds many secrets.
Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.
Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.
Songs From The Deep is a quiet book that would have fallen under my radar if not for Unplugged Book Box (see the unboxing). It’s slow paced but fully paints you a picture of this small island town. You can almost taste the salt on your skin and feel the chill in the air from the way Powell places you in the town. I guess the story could be labeled as historical fiction/historical fantasy since it takes place in an undetermined past time period. It gives it a nice timeless feel though.
I’m always a sucker for historical mysteries so I loved Moira & Jude playing detective. They weren’t smarter than the detectives, they were just willing to ask questions no one else was asking.
The relationship between Moira and Jude was great. You felt the hesitancy between the two of them. The love you have for a friend really never goes away even if you grow apart. The relationship wasn’t rushed. It was just a natural progression of the friendship they had years ago that’s been allowed to bloom again.
If you’re looking for a quiet historical mystery, I recommend Songs From The Deep.