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Publisher's Summary

A Good Housekeeping "Best Beach Read to Add to Your Summer Reading List"

From Katherine St. John, author of The Lion's Den, comes another sublimely escapist thriller: When Hollywood heartthrob 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.

©2021 Katherine St. John (P)2021 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

"[A] well-done ensemble performance.... Narrator Christine Lakin effectively portrays the grit and determination of producer Taylor, with narrator Erin Bennett's softer tones convincingly portraying the drugged-out ex-wife, Stella. Kamali Minter's portrayal of the assistant, Felicity, is especially convincing. The addition of news snippets delivered by Will Collyer adds to the easy flow of the story. (AudioFile Magazine)

"The Siren by Katherine St. John is more than a juicy insight into Hollywood and its enigmatic stars; it's a wry look at the bright lights of fame that can both illuminate and incinerate. Alternating viewpoints of the three strong female protagonists are interspersed with news flashes and insider gossip allowing the reader to get inside the heads of each narrator, and to gather the careful clues and red herrings St. John expertly drops along the way. The exotic Caribbean setting and conflicted characters coupled with an edge-of-your-seat stormy climax makes this a book you will struggle to put down." (Karen White, New York Times best-selling author of The Last Night in London

"The Siren may start as a gossipy peek behind the scenes of a high-stakes movie shoot, but it quickly spins into an unflinching portrait of the politics of truth and deception in Hollywood.” (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, best-selling authors of The Royal We and The Heir Affair)

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Truth be told … Regardless

The Siren is an average story; the narration is well done. The writing is poor. It was infuriating as the author overused “truth be told” Why would she lie? and “regardless” as fillers without any literary consideration for the many options the English language may offer.
Perhaps, editing is no longer done as profits from book sales wanes. The Lion’s Den, also by this author, is marginally better, but relies just as heavily on these phrases.

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Great story, great performance

I bought this book after reading a review from The Tempest and I’m so glad I got to try a new-to-me author. The subject matter is powerful and relevant. The intersecting storylines, laid out over varying time frames, make you invest in the characters to see how they fair while also hoping for accountability to rain down on them.

I don’t normally enjoy audiobooks with multiple narrators, but this was a strong exception. The voices don’t interact with each other, but instead are used to differentiate between main character biographies. So very well done.

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Do not waste your time or money

Omg worst book I’ve listened to in years. Wow. It was so long and drawn out. Hard to connect to the characters and hard to pay attention. Awful just awful

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I love this author.

I finished the lions den and instantly started into the Siren. I personally liked the lions den a little better, but this was amazing as well. Her characters are intriguing and her plots are exciting. I really hope she comes out with a new book soon.

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Like a bad dream

I hoped to get lost in this book but found it annoying. Couldn’t even finish it.

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Did not like this book at all

This book fell flat for me. It was boring and predictable. A waste of a credit. I was excited when it was over.

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Riveting

Enjoyed every page. Ms St. John is
exceptional in storytelling. Enjoyed her descriptions of characters, places and feelings. Engrossing all the way through. Also the narrators were very good. well worth the purchase.

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Pulpy fun, but needs better narration

This was a fun listen (probably better than a read,honestly). Lakin is solid as always, as was Erin Bennett. Unfortunately, the other female POV was pretty cringe-worthy. Somehow both stagnant and overacted, with weird emphases. Honestly not sure how she wasn’t recast.

That said, if you are looking for a frothy, non-serious, fun listen, I’d recommend. Started listening on a road trip home and finished within the week.

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Very enjoyable

Loved this book and The Lion’s Den. Katherine St. John is one of my new favorites! Fast reads with good plot twists and great character development. The narrators were all fabulous too. Highly recommend this!

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Fun summer listen that went deeper than I expected it to

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The plot is engaging and the shifting narrators keeps things interesting. The mystery aspect develops rather early in the book, which definitely helped to hook me in. Without giving anything away, I will say that the book deals with social justice issues that are unfortunately still relevant. I was expecting a fun summer romance novel with a bit of mystery, and while it definitely delivered on that count, it also went deeper into those more serious subject matters that gave it more substance. The narrators all do a fantastic job as well, and their different voices made it easy to keep the characters straight from the beginning. Would highly recommend!

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Totally gave up caring!

This was the dullest listen ever. I gave up after about 4 hours of listening. It was just one whiny character after the next prattling on - couldn’t distinguish one woman from the other. Realised I couldn’t give a damn what happened or what would happen. Don’t waste a credit!