Title: When the Siren Calls
By: Tom Barry
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
My Copy: Ebook from Netgalley
Restless and neglected, Isobel is suffocating in a stagnant marriage. Suave and charismatic Jay is fighting for survival. An invitation to visit Jay's resort in the hills of Tuscany sparks Isobel to imagine a life of freedom and excitement.
Dismissing her husband’s objections, Isobel pursues Jay to Tuscany on the pretext of searching for a holiday home. After fighting anguished guilt, she abandons herself in a passionate affair, with her controlling lover encouraging Isobel to push beyond her sexual boundaries.
But all is not as it seems in the idyllic Tuscan retreat, and Isobel finds herself trapped in a web of intrigue, deception, and betrayal. She is one player in a dangerous love triangle, unsure whether Jay is her saviour, or her nemesis. As her world falls apart, she must choose between the woman she thought she was, and the woman she has become.
When the Siren Calls is a sophisticated and challenging read. I was intrigued by the mystery from page one. With the terrifying episode in Marrakech I was spell bound to find out what was to come. Unfortunately, as the story continued I was frustrated and irritated by the characters. Isobel is understandably a lonely woman; in a marriage with a man that is more interested in his job than relationship, it is easy to understand this womans situation. As the story continues my sympathies began to wane. More and more I found myself to be overwhelmed by the absurdities of what appears to be normal for this atmosphere of people. Not familiar with such a lifestyle myself I was interested in experiencing such a story, but I can honestly say that nothing about it appeals to me. I am mortified by what seems to be priority and entertainment for their culture. Anyone that is againist adultery would have serious issues with this particular story, and should avoid it at all costs. This story may be a educational and interesting experience if you are interested in what really lies behind the veneer of respectability of posh British people, this book could be for you.