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A girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves in this gripping, atmospheric debut novel.

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.

About The Author

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Kelly Powell has a bachelor’s degree in history and book and media studies from the University of Toronto. She currently lives in Ontario. She is the author of Songs from the Deep and Magic Dark and Strange. Visit her online at or on Twitter @KellyCPowell.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 5, 2019)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534438088
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® HL720L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"An intoxicating blend of mystery and enchantment."

– Kirkus Reviews

* "Featuring solid worldbuilding, unforgettable characters, and well-paced plot that fantasy and mystery fans alike will enjoy, this twisty, atmospheric story grips readers like a siren song while examining questions about what really distinguishes humans and monsters."

– Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A twisty, fairy-tale-like thriller. The novel, Powell's first, reads like a fantasy take on Veronica Mars, a mystery with magic included."

– Booklist

"Readers...looking to snuggle up with a just-creepy-enough whodunit will find this does the trick nicely."


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