When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel

Word count

110825 words

Audiobook length

11 hours and 55 minutes

Page Count

Paperback: 352 pages
Kindle: 348 pages

How long does it take to read?

Average Readers (@250 words/min) take 7 hours 24 minutes to read When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel. Slower Readers (@150 words/min) take 12 hours 19 minutes to finish this book. Fast Readers (@450 words/min), on the other hand, will take around 4 hours 7 minutes to read When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel

Reading Level

Based on analysing the text of When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel, we estimate that readers of 10th and 11th grade will be able to read this book. This estimation is based on a number of readability tests devised by experts, some of which is listed here.

Reading Level by Flesch Kincaid Scale
Grade 10.5
Reading Level by SMOG Index
Grade 9.4
Coleman Liau Index
Grade 7.78
Dale Chall Readability Score
Grade 6.59

Book Description

An Amazon Charts, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller.

From the author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.

Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…

Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions—grief, loss, and anger—that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.

After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.

Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything.