After I read Katherine St. John’s debut novel The Lion’s Den, which came out last year, I knew she was an author to watch. Her second novel, The Siren, is about the movie-making business, something St. John, who has worked as an actress, screenwriter, director, and producer, knows a lot about. And as with her first novel, her latest is a thriller about people behaving very badly. Oh what fun.
A movie is being filmed on a Caribbean Island. It stars and is being financed by mega-star Cole Power. He also owns the island. His son Jackson has written the script and will be making his directorial debut for the film The Siren. Also starring is Stella Rivers, ex-wife of Cole. Stella’s career has stalled because of a myriad of personal issues and mishaps. She needs this movie to reboot her career. Young producer Taylor Wasserman is also hoping for the film to help her career as she left her former company in scandal. And finally, there’s Felicity Fox, Stella’s beautiful assistant, who has her own secrets. The book is told from the perspectives of the three women. Each of their backstories are revealed in a skillful way with lots of surprises.
From day one, the film is fraught with problems. In addition to the cast of trouble-making characters, the biggest problem may be a hurricane heading towards the island. Soon everyone’s secrets come to light while danger lurks. It’s pure over-the-top escapism. Grab your beach chair, a Pina Colada and enjoy this book.
Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group for the opportunity to read The Siren in advance of its publication.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Contemporary Fiction / Mystery Thriller.
Publication Date: May 4, 2021.
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