Thursday, September 7, 2023

Books from the Backlog - The Book of Speculation

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Blurb:  Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival.
One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned--always on July 24, which is only weeks away.

As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola?

Why It Needs to Come off the Shelf:  This sounds a bit creepy and a bit bookish and I can never resist a crumbling family home.  Sounds like perfect reading to prepare for fall!


  1. I love the cover and the book sounds good.

  2. I read this book several years ago and ended up loving it. It's a good one. :D

  3. It was already shelved on my Goodreads. 🙂