The Shark Club By Ann Kidd Taylor
I picked up Ann Kidd Taylor’s The Shark Club because I absolutely loved the cover and heard it was a wonderful summer read. I didn’t read the synopsis and just thought the title was in reference to some cool summer beach club that the story would center around. So you can imagine my surprise to discover the book is indeed actually about sharks! Let it be known that I am DEATHLY afraid of sharks. SO. VERY. AFRAID. While I love going to the beach, I do not get in the water if it is not crystal clear and I can not see what is swimming around me. That being said, please know that even though I am absolutely terrified of all sharks, I do not wish them any harm. They are just swimming around out there doing their thing, being sharks and keeping the oceans ecosystem in check, as they should. We are in their territory and their home when we enter the water and that is why I do not go in it. So this read was an interesting, and also educational one for me.
The main character, Maeve, travels the world researching the sharks that she respects and loves even though one took a huge bite out of her calf when she was a young girl. Maeve is a highly respected and sought after marine biologist at the top of her game professionally, but her personal life is somewhat of a disaster. The story bounces between her professional and her love life which I found myself totally engrossed in. I loved her character, her attitude, and her tenacity and dedication to ocean conservation and the creatures that she loved. There was love triangle and a touch of a mystery (in regards to who was running an illegal shark finning operation), so there is a little something here for everyone. I did have a few issues with some of the transitioning throughout, but was willing to overlook it because I just loved the story and the conservation message so much. Plop down under a palm tree, dig your toes deep in to the Florida sand and immerse yourself in this charming and informative beach read. 4 stars.