About the Book
Book: Silencing the Siren
Author: Denise L. Barela
Genre: Christian Historical Mystery, Fairytale
Release date: January 4, 2022
Andrew Grayson thought he had everything… until he met her.
The indulged son of wealthy parents, Andrew has always gotten whatever he wanted almost before he knew he wanted it—clothes, gadgets… even a car! What more could a young man desire?
Enter Annabel Thompson. Freakshow mermaid extraordinaire… in a wheelchair!
Of course, her beauty attracts him. How could it not? Add to that a kind heart, and Andrew can’t help but fall for her.
Annabel’s connection with the freakshow repels his parents and their society friends. They want him to sever all ties with her and his new friends. Oh, and marry the “right” girl with the “right connections.” But he won’t do it. He’ll defy them and marry his little mermaid.
When Annabel turns up missing, declared dead, things don’t add up, Andrew begins asking some difficult questions, the most important being, “What happened to the little mermaid of the Coney Island freak show?”
Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries. Silencing the Siren offers a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” that will keep you gripped to the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold.
Seeing moments between a parent and child like the one just now always drove home the loss he felt deep down at the lack of connection with his parents. Their definition of a parent-child relationship consisted of telling him what to do and throwing gifts his way when he wanted something.
It was the same every birthday. All he wanted was to spend an evening with his parents, at the very least have dinner with them. Every year he begged them for at least a week to go out for his birthday. They told him they would do their best. Eventually, he just stopped asking. The reminder dropped his mood some. He glanced out the window and watched the buildings speed by.
The ride was relatively smooth, which gave Andrew a lot of time to think. He was impressed at the level of comfort the subway provided for such a low cost. The rumble of the wheels on the track brought a calm to Andrew’s mind, and the vibration from the movement of the subway lulled him into a gentle sleep.
Andrew didn’t know how long he’d been asleep when someone was shaking him awake.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Denise Barela’s passion for fiction, her faith, and general creativity define her life. In all things, she strives to glorify God, though especially in and through her writing. She has spent the past six years working for a publicity company and five years working as the head editor for a publishing company. With an MFA in Creative Writing and a Professional Writing certificate, Denise enjoys using her education and work experiences to help authors achieve their own writing dreams. When she’s not working away at her desk, you might find her reading a good book or following Alice down the rabbit hole…