Review of Siren by Jaimie Roberts

The psychological thriller Siren by Jaimie Roberts will have readers on the edge of their seats. Roberts dives deep into the darkest corners of the human psyche and creates characters that seem to be taken straight from nightmares.

This story goes beyond “normal” messed up and into a realm of “no return” – an intense and unsettling journey that will leave readers feeling shaken. It’s a thrilling, wild ride that will leave a lasting impression.

The Summary

Scarlet is a powerful, femme fatale driven by a thirst for revenge. Growing up in an abusive environment, Scarlet was helpless to stop the cycle of violence and negligence from those who should have known better. Her mother and sister refused to believe her even when directly confronted with the truth, leaving Scarlet to take matters into her own hands.

Now, Scarlet is hellbent on exacting her retribution, beginning with her long-deceiving father and ending with her mother and sister Amber. Her mission of vengeance is complete when those who wronged her are put in their rightful place, and justice is served.

My Thoughts

From the start, you know this isn’t your typical revenge story; Scarlet’s childhood experiences lead to some eye-opening and deeply disturbing moments. Yet, against all odds, her relationship with Stuart provides a glimmer of hope and a chance at redemption.

Enter Reid, Scarlet’s business partner and in-between boyfriend. While initially appearing tolerable, Reid’s possessive and obsessive nature quickly reveals a relationship that’s anything but healthy. He follows his father’s footsteps into a life of crime and deceit, with Scarlet dragged along for the ride. From the obsessions to the missions, Reid is a character that quickly goes from likeable to highly detestable.

There is a cliffhanger, so even if you’re not a big fan, you’ll probably end up reading it just to figure out what happens. The guy who she ends up with really comes out of left field. I never saw it coming.

Be warned: Siren contains subject matter that may be difficult to read. This includes, but is not limited to, child molestation, sexual assault, abortion, cheating, physical abuse, BDSM, and unhealthy obsessions. If you think any of these topics may be triggering for you, please consider before you choose to read.

Why You Should Read Siren

If you’re someone who can only take small doses of dark novels, this may be a bit too much to handle.

If you don’t typically read the dark genre, I would not suggest to start with this one either…unless you just want to throw yourself into the deep end. Then go ahead.

However, if you love sick, messed up, depraved storylines with questionable characters, then you’ll love Siren by Jaimie Roberts. It’s probably one of the strangest books I have ever read.

Some Advice: If you consider yourself to be a sick reader who has had some questionable feelings/thoughts about some questionable storylines, I think you’ll enjoy this. It’ll make you feel things that you never thought would be possible to feel given the circumstances. I hate that discontinuity between what my brain is telling me to think versus how I am actually thinking.

The one thing that made no sense was Stuart. One second they were about to escape into the night and then he disappeared. Never to be seen again…and I’m not talking about murder. He literally became a distant memory. I just want to know where he went and why it ultimately did not work out?

What To Read After Siren

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

This story might top the cake for the ‘is this seriously happening?’ storyline. It’s about a brother and sister who are forced to step in for their alcoholic mother to take care of their younger siblings. Logan and Maya had to grow up fast which created a bond between the two that went way past the normal brother/sister relationship. 

I actually shed quite a few tears towards the end, but I won’t say why…you’ll have to find out yourself. That is, if you think you can deal with a taboo love story.

Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Corrupt is a suspenseful story featuring Erika (Rika) Fane and Michael Crist. Three years ago, Michael’s best friends were put behind bars and Rika happened to be involved in their arrest. Now that they’re out, they all want their revenge and Michael especially wants to have his fun. Ruthless, corrupt, violent and manipulative, you can’t put anything past Michael. However, Rika is one determined person, so don’t count her out.

Told through a dual POV, Cryptic is a thrilling read that flows from the past to the present. If you’re not a big fan of going back and forth in time, you may find this annoying, but you should definitely give it a chance. The next two books, Hideaway and Kill Switch, are top-notch. 

Another few recommendations I have include The Risk by S.T. Abby and The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.