Title: When the Siren Calls
Author: Tom Barry
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by Elizabeth Jasper
This story focuses on relationships: within marriage, between business partners, between friends and lovers – and describes how lies and discontent can ruin relationships and the lives of those involved.
Isobel, married for fifteen years to workaholic high-flier, Peter, has a chance meeting in Marrakesh with Jay, a wheeler-dealer property investor, who is looking for funding for his dodgy tourist complex in Tuscany. While nothing happens between Isobel and Jay, she finds him hard to forget and, when invited to a presentation of his tourism project, she is unable to resist attending. Her discontent with what she sees as an unsatisfactory marriage, sexually and in respect of her husband’s addiction to his work, leaves her vulnerable to Jay’s obvious attractions.
Jay’s life is an unrelenting mixture of juggling marriage to Rusty and his responsibilities to their children with his mistress, Lucy, and his desire for Isobel, while Isobel is hung up with the whole issue of infidelity at the same time as desiring Jay.
With a brilliant opening in Marrakesh, and set in the beautiful scenery of Tuscany and Middle England, these characters play out their lives against rising tension in the Tuscan tourist complex between the local Italian population and the mainly British owners of apartments and houses within the complex, who discover they’ve been taken for a ride by Jay’s property company.
Tightly written and with a cast of strong characters who, while not particularly pleasant are certainly memorable, this novel is a potent and thoroughly enjoyable mix of sex, romance and big, bad business.
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