The Shark Club
Ann Kidd Taylor
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico, in a picturesque and quaint beach town, The Shark Club is a bittersweet story about the power of forgiveness, and the promise of true love.
A novel about love, loss, and sharks by the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the memoir Traveling with Pomegranates
On a summer day on the Gulf of Mexico in 1988, two extraordinary things happen to twelve-year-old Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is attacked by a blacktip shark.
Eighteen years later, Maeve is a world-traveling marine biologist studying and swimming with the very animals that once threatened her life. Known among her peers as the “shark whisperer,” Maeve is fearless in the water. On land, however, Maeve is dogged by unresolved wounds and indecisive about the path her life will take. After a particularly inspiring assignment abroad, Maeve returns to the small island off Florida’s coast where she grew up and to her childhood home—the legendarily charming and eccentric Hotel of the Muses, where she was raised by her grandmother. There, she is greeted by troubling news.
An illegal shark-finning operation has moved into town, and hundreds of sharks are dying. As Maeve fights to protect the fate of the animals so dear to her heart, she finds that her twin brother may be about to make it big as a novelist, using her love life as his jumping-off point. Will she confront her feelings about her brother’s betrayal—and forgive her childhood sweetheart, Daniel, the missteps of their youth? Or will she dive headlong back into her work and open her heart to Nicholas, her colleague who shares her passion for the ocean?
Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, blood orange sunsets, calypso bands, and key lime pies, The Shark Club is a love story, an environmental mystery, and an exploration of a woman’s mysterious kinship with the sea and the sharks that inhabit it.
Advance Galley Reviews
This book was very different from anything I've ever read before. There is definitely some creepy moments during the dives... The book was a bit too short and could have used more development. But overall, I did enjoy this read. If you love the ocean and are fascinated by sharks and diving and marine life this is the book for you.
Since being bitten by a black tip shark at a young age, and very nearly dying,Maeve has been in love with two things. Her childhood friend Daniel and sharks! She turns those loves into an engagement with Daniel and becomes a very celebrated marine biologist. She loses the first love when Daniel makes a mistake she can't forgive and fathers a child with another woman. Her second love is in danger as there is a shark finning operation taking place at her home in Palermo, Florida, a tropical island paradise on the Gulf. Maeve and her twin brother Robin have lived there in their grandmothers hotel since their parents perished in a plane crash when they were six.
The story explores her fascination with these creatures that most people abhor. She returns to the hotel after a research trip away and accidentally meets and engages with Daniels child, a little girl named Hazel. Hazels mother has died and Daniel. has become the hotels new chef. She is drawn to the girls intensity and intelligence and they form a Shark Club, hoping to help heal the girls grief. Along the way Maeve must learn how to heal herself .
There is a lot involved in the book, beautiful setting, wonderful marine information about the Sharks, the sea, the Eco-system, The shark finning operations do exist illegally and Maeve puts herself in danger to undercover a very close and hearybreaking truth.
This is not a light hearted read but is a wonderful one, full of beauty in nature and hope .
As someone who always been fascinated with ocean, I was attract by the story line. The story line was captivating even if I wish some subject were a bit more develop. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book when she was in her element or the time she pass with hazel. The end could have been a bit more develop, It felt like the author was in a rush to finish the book. Overall tough, the book a really good ans its definitely a must have for the summer. Hope she will do a sequel with Hazel!
This was an enticing read that I couldn't put down. The storyline kept me intriguied, and while parts of the story were predictable, that kept me reading. I would have loved to have the storyline with her brother developed a little more throughout the book. Without giving anything away, I found myself just as torn as Maeve as she decided which path to eventually take in the end.
I look forward to reading other titles from this author. This will be a great summer beach read!
I really enjoyed this book. I think the ending felt a bit rushed, but all in all it was a really interesting story with a lot of unique elements. The descriptions of the shark finning operations were hard to read, but it's an important topic that I've never really thought about before. It's not a heavy, depressing story though. It's a nice summer beach read, with aspects of both mystery and romance and an important environmental message. Definitely recommended.
As someone who once dreamed of spending her life in the depths of the ocean as a marine biologist, this book really lured me in. It was fun learning facts about sharks here & there while also witnessing the main character get swept up in a love triangle that she really had no business being in. My only problem with this book was that the issue she got into with her brother (no worries, no spoilers here) kind of seemed like an after thought; had that aspect of the storyline been more developed this book would have definitely received a 5/5, but sadly I have to drop it down to a 4/5. Overall though this was an awesome book & I'll definitely be buying it once it's released in June to reread on the beach this summer??