I was just browsing in the bookstore when I came across Sirens by Janet Fox for $1.00. I had never heard of the book or the author but the description on the back sounded interesting, and well, for $1.00 even if I hated the book it wasn’t much of a waste. Luckily, I didn’t hate the book. I actually really enjoyed it as a light, summer read. This book is fiction and what I would consider to be enjoyable for teens and up.
Josephine Winter, who goes by Jo, has her life uprooted when her father insists she moves to New York to live with her wealthy aunt, uncle and cousins. Jo knows her parents aren’t being honest with her about why she needs to leave her home. Her father is involved with bootlegging alcohol to make extra money and Jo assumes he’s gotten into trouble with his gangster boss. Having no other choice, she leaves for New York. Soon after arriving she meets and befriends one of her cousin’s friends, Louise, who happens to be dating the gangster that Jo’s father sent her to New York to get away from. Jo doesn’t realize it then but her family’s secrets run even deeper than she can imagine and her very life is in danger.
I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in the 1920’s during prohibition. It’s filled with flappers, murder and mystery; what could be more entertaining? It’s a very quick read that like I said, I enjoyed, but I probably won’t read it again. It’s not a story that I feel is deep enough or enjoyable enough to warrant being read multiple times. If you happen to come across it, I do recommend it.
Let me know what books you’re reading this summer! I’m always looking for new ones. Thank you for reading and have a great day!