Returning Eden by Maria Mellins – Review

Title – Returning Eden
Author – Maria Mellins
Genre – Fantasy
Length –   138 Pages
Publication – 12th March 2016
My Rating – 5/5 Stars


A gothic ocean mystery.

In a world of monsters, sharks, castles and corpses it is up to Eden to keep the ocean’s beasts at bay.

Eden Hollow is being hunted. A dark secret from her past has followed her to the remote island of Cantillon, where she is due to start college.

Before long, a corpse dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, is found floating in the ocean. Together with her friends Niamh, Amira, Riley and the handsome but mysterious Dylan, Eden must confront her dark past in order to find the predator. In doing so, the teenagers stumble into a sinister world that stretches the realms of reality, as they discover just what is causing the uncanny ripples on the ocean’s surface.

A grotesquely beautiful tale of love, friendship and transformation.


I came across Maria Mellins by chance. As a reviewer I’m always looking out for new books and after reading some novels by Tim Taylor I happened to look at his publisher’s website. Maria happens to be with the same publisher Crooked Cat.

Immediately I was interested by the cover alone which definitely caught my eye, add to this an intriguing plot and you had me hitting that “buy now” button

First off let me tell you this is a short story at 138 pages but it doesn’t feel like it, at the end I felt I had definitely got my money’s worth out of it.

The story focuses around Eden who has a dark past; Maria builds the suspense throughout the book as you never really know what will happen next. Towards the end of the tale everything is put in its place and the picture becomes clear. The author managed well to give you enough info to know something good was going to happen but didn’t give the game away too quickly.

I must say one of the best things about this book was the prologue. I was hooked in within 2 pages.

The plot itself was good, twists and turns to keep you interested. The relationships that form in the book do happen quite fast but that’s to be expected in a short novel

I definitely enjoyed Maria’s style of writing; the story flowed so well I barely even noticed the time… I got lost in the tale

This book was top notch! The plot was undeniably intriguing for me. This book is all about the build-up and for me it worked.

If you’re after a nice short read, interesting storyline with mystery and tension building up then this is the book for you

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