Once Derek swam the seas as a merrow,
but once he saw human Tad on the shore, he took human form
and never looked back. Years later, Tad is killed in a
boating accident—or is he? Derek’s old friend Kellen, a
fellow merrow, arrives one night, claiming he knows where
Tad is. Kellen says he will give Tad back…for a price.
Undertow is a strange and
very suspenseful story. Merrows were a creature I’d never
read about before, so learning about them was fascinating.
I sympathized with Derek’s total desolation at the loss of
his lover, and his confusion and hope when he discovered Tad
might not be gone after all. Kellen, Derek’s old friend, at
first seemed to be a true villain. His cold, calculating
nature was chilling. Later in the story, both Derek and
Kellen become more fleshed out and three-dimensional. The
only character I didn’t feel like I knew was Tad. Derek
talks and thinks about him, but I never got to see what he
thought or felt about any of the bizarre events in the
story. There is a lot of action and suspense toward the end
of the tale as Derek struggles to rescue his lover. I was
drawn in by the suspense and kept on the edge of my seat
until the end. While I enjoyed this story, I feel that the
suspense overshadowed the romance. I knew Derek wanted to
save Tad, but since I only knew Tad through Derek, I wasn’t
as emotionally invested in the story as I wanted to be.
Still, if you’re interested in the paranormal and learning
about unusual legends, you will like this book.