Genres: Fantasy Romance


Status: Finished

Two worlds collide when a mermaid and human man meet, plunging readers into a vast underwater realm brimming with adventure and intrigue.

Coralline is a mermaid who is engaged to the merman of her dreams. But when an oil spill wreaks havoc on her idyllic village life, her little brother falls gravely ill. Desperate to save him, she embarks on a quest to find a legendary elixir made of starlight.  

Izar, a human man, is on the cusp of an invention that will enable him to mine gold and diamonds from the depths of the ocean. His discovery will soon make him the richest man on earth—while threatening merpeople with extinction. But then, suddenly, Izar finds himself transformed into a merman and caught in a web of betrayal and intrigue. Meeting Coralline in the ocean, he decides to join her on her quest for the elixir, hoping it will turn him human again.

Author's Note

The Oyster Thief is the first novel to feature an underwater civilization and themes of ocean conservation. In addition to Readitt, you can find The Oyster Thief on and at your local bookstore and Amazon. Sonia Faruqi is a critically acclaimed author whose work has been a finalist for numerous literary awards. She is also the author of Project Animal Farm, a work of global investigative journalism about the food industry. *** Jodi Picoult: “Sonia Faruqi had me at the word ‘mermaid.’ The Oyster Thief creates a lush, imaginary underwater world that somehow manages to reinforce the reality of the need for environmental awareness—it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read.”

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