Review | The Siren by Katherine St. John

Published: May 4, 2021

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Pages: 416 (Hardcover)

Series: N/A – Standlone

4 Stars

From Katherine St. John, author of The Lion’s Den, comes another sublimely escapist thriller: When dangerously handsome megastar Cole Power hires his ex-wife, Stella Rivers, to act in his son’s film, he sparks a firestorm on an isolated island that will unearth long-buried secrets — and unravel years of lies.

In the midst of a sizzling hot summer, some of Hollywood’s most notorious faces are assembled on the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Genesius to film The Siren, starring dangerously handsome megastar Cole Power playing opposite his ex-wife, Stella Rivers. The surefire blockbuster promises to entice audiences with its sultry storyline and intimately connected cast.

Three very different women arrive on set, each with her own motive. Stella, an infamously unstable actress, is struggling to reclaim the career she lost in the wake of multiple, very public breakdowns. Taylor, a fledgling producer, is anxious to work on a film she hopes will turn her career around after her last job ended in scandal. And Felicity, Stella’s mysterious new assistant, harbors designs of her own that threaten to upend everyone’s plans.

With a hurricane brewing offshore, each woman finds herself trapped on the island, united against a common enemy. But as deceptions come to light, misplaced trust may prove more perilous than the storm itself.

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First and foremost, thank you to Grand Central Publishing for sending this one my way! I adored The Lion’s Den so I was beyond thrilled to be able to get my hands on The Siren! This review is completely my own thoughts/feelings/opinions regardless of it being gifted to me. Let’s get down to it!

Okay, so I will start by saying I liked The Lion’s Den more. I don’t think that The Siren will be for everyone and I don’t see it living up to her debut novel for others. I loved the premise of this novel and there’s really no denying that St. John writes masterfully. She has a way of immersing you in the story and giving us really dynamic characters. It’s the reason why I’ll continue to pick up her novels in the future.

That being said, this book is S L O W. Slow slow slow. I feel like 85% of this book was just filler or build up. And not like meaningful build up, a lot of it felt like meaningless filler, to be honest with you. It didn’t have that overall sense of dread the way her first book did. Don’t get me wrong, this book didn’t feel “right” either, but it didn’t have the same punch that I was looking for and expecting. It was interesting and I was compelled, flipping those pages like crazy, but I can’t honestly tell you why I felt that way. I just wanted to know what happened.

There were a few twists and turns and things that made me say “oh shit”. I will admit that I really liked this book, but I’d be careful who I recommend it to. If you’re okay with longer, slow burn reads that don’t have a ton of pay off until the very end, this is for you. If you’re more into popcorn thrillers that are twist after turn after twist, this probably isn’t one you’ll enjoy.

I rated this four stars based solely on how I felt after I finished. I liked the characters. I thought the setting and plot was interesting. I loved the feminist undertones. I adored the way the book ended. There were generally spots when I felt like I had no idea how it would turn out. I really liked this. Not loved, but really liked. I’m really looking forward to seeing what else St. John puts out and I’m damn sure going to be reading it!

Happy reading
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