Title: The Shark Club
Author: Ann Kidd Taylor
Publisher: Penguin Random House
At 12 years old, two very important things happened to Maeve Donnelly. She was bitten by a blacktip reef shark off the gulf coast of Florida. This was immediately following being kissed by Daniel, the love of her life. Little did she know that 18 years later those two things would set a course to crash head on once again. Now 30, Maeve is a traveling marine biologist studying the one thing she should be terrified of – sharks. The water has become her sanctuary. When life brings her back to that beach in Florida where she was attacked, Maeve is met with difficult news. A shark finning operation has been discovered in the area and it’s up to Maeve to stop it. And just like 18 years earlier, sharks and her love life collide once again.
I actually won two copies of this book last summer as part of different #bookstagram giveaways. Reading the jacket “teaser” of the book definitely caught my eye – between the ocean and Florida (hello, I use to live there and came awfully close to a black tip reef shark), the 30s (yes, I’m in my 30s now) and that kinda drifting through life sensation are all things I can relate to. However, traditional fiction is a bit outside what I normally gravitate towards in books.
And so it sat on my TBR shelf for the last year. Lately I’ve felt like my reading has hit a bit of rut though. The books I was reading were good, but not pull you in, consume your thoughts, make you think (and Google) stuff stories. Until this one.
Have you ever read a book that you wish would never end? For me, that was this book. I picked it up on whim, hoping it would cure my longing for the ocean (nope – I miss it ever more now) and from page one I was hooked. The author does a fantastic job of weaving strong supporting characters into what is essentially Maeve’s story. And in regards to Maeve’s story, it’s just one of those things that you can’t help but feel a connection to. In terms of writing, the story had a nice chronological flow where nothing felt dragged out, there were enough elements to keep your interest and had a somewhat unexpected ending, that I loved!
So if you’re looking for a quick, fun, summer read…this is the story for you! Not mention with Shark Week starting next week, you can’t go wrong!