When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal

When We Believed in Mermaids

From the author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s wor...

Details When We Believed in Mermaids

TitleWhen We Believed in Mermaids
Release DateJul 16th, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Mystery, Audiobook, Family, Drama, Adult Fiction

Reviews When We Believed in Mermaids

  • Jeanne Adamek
    I am planning, sometime in the future, on re-reading this book. Barbara ONeal is one of my favorite authors, her descriptive abilities are powerful... lush. I have to admit that I couldnt dnf this story. it wasnt boring or slow. If anything it was (for me) too detailed, too dark.I admit I read to a certain degree to escape. To experience things (even if only on paper) like visiting new places, foods, ideas or even time periods. And this story did...
  • Jeff
    You're Going To Want To Read This Somewhere Where You Can Cry. Wow. This is a tragic tale, all around. It is primarily about two sisters and the scars they share - and the lengths they will both go to try to overcome them. Amazing story, solid mystery (though some of it becomes obvious earlier than the actual reveal). This one will grabs you with the first line, has you tearing up a bit early on... and then can have full on water works through th...
  • Susan Peterson
    When We Believed in Mermaids is an engrossing, turbulent, and poignant book about two sisters, Kit and Josie. When the story begins, Kit is shocked to see her sister in the background of a news broadcast from New Zealand, thousands of miles away from their home in California--especially since Josie had been killed 15 years earlier. When she goes to New Zealand to find her sister, Kit unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will impact her own...
  • Barb in Maryland
    3.5 stars. I enjoyed it, but... I was often annoyed with the characters, the narration, the speed with which everything occurred. (Maybe I was just reading with my grumpy pants on).The blurb is pretty good at giving the basic set-up.The chapters alternate viewpoints between Kit and Mari, with each chapter revealing more of the past while also grounding us in each sister's current life. Kit's search for her sister (and her budding romance with Jav...
  • BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
    What I Loved: I loved the cover of this book. Fair warning, this was not a well-liked book for me.How I Felt: The beginning of this book had me completely hooked. "My sister had been dead for fifteen years when I see her on the TV news." I was like, "Yes!" This book is going to be awesome!" I felt so let down from that point on. I, in no way, ever want to bash a book, and I am usually finding myself handing out 4 and 5 star reviews because I just...
  • Jamie Beck
    There are too many things to rave about here. Lush writing, as always with this author. You will feel transported to New Zealand, a place I think we must all go visit. You'll be lulled into an intensely romantic subplot. You'll have a front row seat to a bittersweet reunion filled with angst and hope and disappointment and love. This story is really set in two time periods, but is elegantly, artfully woven together by well-placed flashbacks that ...
  • L.A. Starks
    This author is a pro with a genre I would call "heavy-topic relationship and romantic suspense." While this is fundamentally a story of a family and its dysfunction wrapped in the suspense of finding a believed-dead sister, readers should also be aware it deals with rape, child neglect and abuse, abortion, and drug use. O'Neal is an experienced author who makes readers feel so deeply about her characters it is as if she has written a biography or...
  • Samantha
    Kit Bianci believed her sister was dead, that is until she saw her on the television news 15 years later. Kit decides to travel to New Zealand and find her sister Josie and get some sort of explanation or closure. When the two sisters are reunited all their dark secrets are revealed. They will have to share all of them in order to move on and fix the broken relationships. I found this book to be very slow to start and was almost halfway through t...
  • Sherri Thacker
    A quick read that I really enjoyed.
  • Myrna
    Powerful story of love and family with very likable characters. Liked how the story weaved the characters’ past with the present. Many readers are giving this 5 stars but it didn’t WOW me. Nevertheless a great read with some romance and mystery if that’s what you’re looking for.
  • Miki Mackennedy
    “My sister has been dead for nearly fifteen years when I see her on the TV news.”With that fantastic opening line, we drop in to the story of 2 sisters, one presumed dead and one barely living.Two little girls, Josie and Kit, are raised by parents so enthralled with each other that they neglect their children, leaving them largely unattended in a little cove by their home. During a storm, a broken and unwanted teenage boy appears as their doo...
  • chels marieantoinette
    This book was a little cheesy for me. The love story and all the woah-is-me stuff were a little too much and I found myself uninterested & irritated. Kit and Josie definitely had horrible childhoods, but everyone needs to move on and move up eventually. I wanted to shake both of them.The dialogue was well-written, though. The descriptions of surfing, Sicilian home-cooking, touring Auckland, and the art-deco Sapphire House create beautiful imagery...
  • Becca
    To be honest, I wasn't impressed. The synopsis sounded more promising than what was actually delivered. The book fell flat for me. If you want to read a good book about sisters, I suggest reading Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner instead!
  • Faith Freewoman
    Heartrending and beautiful. But this is no easy ride. The sisters' problems are real and crushing, and about halfway through I was far from convinced that they would resolve them, or their relationships. The men in this story are villains or heroes, or both, and I found Dylan the most poignant, while Javier was the one I want to take home with me.But none of the men are able to step in and save the day. The sisters must do it for themselves, and ...
  • Elizabeth
    I enjoyed this book, even loved it. But I got confused occasionally. The story kept me interested, but I found it a little unrealistic. But I read on and really liked the last half of the book (no spoilers). Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.
  • Jennifer Kyle
    4 Stars 4 Stars 🌟
  • Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
    This was my first book by this author and I absolutely loved it! The writing was so beautiful and I loved the characters. I wasn't sure how I felt about Josie at first and why she did what she did, but the way the author weaved her history through the present, it really explained a lot of things and I felt a lot of sympathy towards her. The sisters had a childhood that was dark and sad and there was a lot of neglect there and it was interesting t...
  • Kiki Z
    This book was a solid read but a few things kept me from really enjoying it. One, Josie is very selfish, and when she's young, with her issues, it's understandable. As an adult though... I really cannot fathom how she stayed away from her family for fifteen years seemingly without remorse, lied to her husband for over a decade, and thought she could get away with it. Two, Josie and Kit reconnect far too late in the story for real drama to happen,...
  • Jackie
    Definitely one of the best books I have read this year! A first by me by this author and won't be my last! I read this in a day and could not put it down!! This story of two sisters lost in many ways after much tragedy in their lives left them to find themselves and try to overcome pain and loss. I'm order to move on this they must face the truth of the past, but it may be more than they can bare. Amazing characters and story line will keep you o...
  • Patricia Sands
    I fall in love with every Barbara O’Neal novelThere is never a letdown for me with every story I read by this author. This novel is no exception. She has a way of building emotional response in me with her thoughts and words, gently caressing a slow tide of feelings, and building to a point that often has me murmuring out loud. It may sound a bit crazy but I have yet to read one of her books that has not given me these reactions. She is truly a...
  • Chris Conley
    Terrific story about some seriously damaged people who find a way to a good life.
  • Tracey
    "My sister had been dead for fifteen years when I see her on the TV news."I have to admit I almost DNF'd this several times in the beginning but so glad I did not. The audio was brilliantly done.
  • Bambi Rathman
    There is nothing like the connection of love between two sisters and the bonds they share throughout their lives. This book is the story of two sisters, Josie and Kit, who are so close to each other growing up that it seems nothing would ever separate them from each other. Their bond is unbreakable, or so it seems. Secrets, heartaches, doubts, suspicions, and broken trust....will they be able to overcome so many hurtful events and find their sist...
  • Haley Corkery
    Splendidly surprised. I must admit, I went into this book thinking I wasn't going to be a fan. Is it pathetic to say the cover alone turned me off? Although the plot sounded somewhat interesting, I knew Barbara O'Neal was known for women's fiction and romance novels, and I was a little wary this wouldn't be the genre for me. Boy, was I wrong. I have found yet another author who writes with lush description. I loved the way she wrote about the sur...
  • Shannon Dyer
    Round up to 4.5 stars. Review to come at AAR.
  • Rochelle Weinstein
    Everything I've been hearing about this book is true. Just beautiful. Characters I want to befriend. Two sisters and a love that transcends time and separation. A moving story that had me gripped until the very end. I will absolutely read more by this author.
  • Linda
    This is a poignant story about a dysfunctional family, mermaids, surfing, food, a cat, and love. I don't like stories that are too sappy, but this had just the right amount of romance thrown in--and had me crying at the end...
  • Kathryn Holley
    This book was amazing. The writing was detailed. The characters so developed. If I could crawl inside and stay here, I would.
  • Cari
    Note: I hate it when I forget to review a book after I finish it and then find myself trying to come up with something to say about it a couple weeks later... which is totally what I'm doing here, so don't expect me to say anything profound here.When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal has a very interesting premise: a young ER physician named Kit is watching the late night news when she sees her older sister walk in front of the camera dur...
  • Michelegg
    How I adored every single thing about this book! From the childhood lives of Kit, Josie and Dylan on the California beach, to a mystery that took me to New Zealand and all of its beauty, there is so much to be immersed in and I was. This was a very special and very tender book for me. And although there were some beautiful romantic themes, this book focused more on sister and sibling relationships and explored the theme of forgiveness in the most...