Book Review: Dark family history collides with gothic fantasy in A.G. Slatter’s All The Murmuring Bones

Long ago, the O’Malleys prospered, striking a deal with the mer to secure their ships as they made their fortune. But the O’Malleys have failed to live up to their end of the bargain, and Mirin’s grandmother, Aoife, must find a new way to save the family.

Sacrificing a child of each generation to the mer in exchange for their continued survival, Aoife, it seems, is willing to start up the O’Malley tradition once more. But it isn’t the creatures of the deep she’ll be appeasing, and the threat to Mirin’s safety is distinctly more human in form.

After she discovers letters that point to answers about her past, and a potential way out of her grandmother’s scheming, Mirin goes on the run. The letters mentioned a place named Blackwater, the last known location of her parents, and it’ll take more than Aoife and a few angry mer to stop Mirin from finding her way there.

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