Mermaidby Published 25 Jul 2017
There’s always more beneath the surface.
Once, Hope Payne was a mermaid, performing at the local theme park and captivating audiences young and old.
Today, she’s married to a pragmatic marine biologist who has filled the pool in their backyard with flounder for a special study. Before he begins, the fish vanish—echoing a loss Hope alone can understand. She senses there’s something underwater, something alive and hungry for more, but is she in too deep to ever resurface?
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult’s “Mermaid” is a spellbinding short story about the sacrifice it takes to swim again.
Excuse me Ma'am, but just what was that ending? I was actually really into this weird little story, but I felt it was just TOO short to do anything with. Perhaps we're being introduced to a new future character?
DO NOT PAY 2.99 for this! Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let me state my undying love for Jodi Picoult and every *BOOK* she has ever written. This is NOT a book. This is a 12-minute short story, which I knew going into it when I got it from Kindle Unlimited, so I was fine with the format and brevity. I love short stories. However, the story just flat out isn't good. It's completely and utterly unformed - as if it were an idea in an old journal that somebody slapped onto pages with absolute no fleshing out of characters or storylines. Just not a quality short story - the story itself is 1 star for me. (My daughter read it too because she thought the cover was cool - she agrees with me on the 1 star.)
However, the format of this novelty creation when viewed on a compatible device is pretty fun and I love the motion included in a lot of the pages. I read this first on my Kindle Paperwhite (no animation) and then reviewed it again on my iPad and it's an entirely different experience. The story still isn't any better, but the format is beautiful. 5 STARS for the novelty.
I feel like Amazon wanted a story to test this cool new toy with, so they picked a big name amazing author and asked if she had anything written anywhere in her office.........no, don't bother reading it over or editing it, we just want to test our fun new tech on it. Oh, it's about a mermaid? Even better. But then......then they made the mistake of actually trying to sell it and now her name is attached to it.
1 + 5 / 2 should equal 3 but not in this case........2 is the highest I can give it since it's marketed as literature. If you have Kindle Unlimited, go ahead and download this so you can see the cool effects. Read it if you wish. Just do NOT pay for it.
I would read this woman's grocery list. I generally love her novellas leading up to her next release but this one felt so random, no promotion, etc. her writing is beautiful as always, but too short of a short story to even really connect.
This is Mermaid [Kindle in Motion] (Kindle Single) by Jodi Picoult. I know some people will criticize this book because of its short length, but they must not be Picoult's fans. I loved it! It is such a beautiful book, both in her rich prose, and the added plus of moving gifs on the cover and throughout the book on several pages. I love mermaids, and I would have bought this book for those alone! They are such peaceful, calming pictures. I also enjoyed the touching story.Hope Payne was a woman who was one of those "mermaids" who fed the sharks and fish in the aquarium where she met her future husband a marine biologist. This is her story. It made me cry. Jodi does it again. Despite the length, check this one out, for a great read.
This was one of the weirdest books I read. Is this classified as a fantasy? I will admit that it was mildly interesting with the whole mermaid aspect,but it was do confusing. I didn't know where the story was going,it just seemed unfinished.
Lastly,what is up with the ending? I know it is prefaced as a stand alone novel,but there HAS to be something else! I am too invested now,the ending was not only rushed but extremely lazy!
I use to always read Picoult novels,but after this,I am very hesitant to read anymore of her material.