This was 3 paranormal stories in one. The first two were very good, the last, not so much. It was disjointed, the heroine not very likeable, and didn't make much sense, to be honest. I think you were supposed to figure out what was going on by the previous two stories. A little more clarity would have helped with the ending. Overall, a good book.
Instead of reading this book, I borrowed the audio version from the library. I really enjoy the fantasy genre and am a real lover of Harry Potter, good witches, bad warlocks, time travel, ghost stories, love spells gone awry and all that, but for some reason I've never intentionally sought out a book from the fantasy genre. Well, I am SO glad I came upon this one! I could not get enough of it! It's one of those rare books I've listened to and found that I was sorry to have reached the end, and even sorrier that there was no sequel. It was truly the most amazing and well written story I've ever read.
The story spans over more than a thousand years and focuses on three different periods in time. It is one of those rare books that has everything: a mystical premise, mystery, romance, enduring love, heartbreak, war, deception, soul mates, integrity, heroes, villains and strong, resilient and independent women who, over the centuries, have forgotten just how strong they are. But not so strong that they couldn't appreciate the help and support of a loving and devoted man. Not to mention intelligent enough to recognize that their strength was always there, inside them.
Ms. Abe's clever writing and gift for storytelling has the power to make readers believe that, once upon a time, mermaids did exist. And who's to say they didn't, or still don't? If you even mildly enjoy fantasy books, I HIGHLY recommend this one. I truly do not believe you will be disappointed. I don't think I've ever given a book 5 stars, but I didn't even hesitate to do just that with The Last Mermaid. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)