Who is Laerka? Who indeed. She looks familiar, and yet … those shifting features, that hair like sea grass in a storm. She’s not quite human, not quite fish. She whispers in and out of places, the girl beside you one minute, and the next, a spot of glitter on the floor. The town is Savannah, Georgia. The actors, two girls, one exotic foreigner, one local — full of sass but plain. The plain one, Stella, understands Laerka. Saw her jump six stories into the Savannah River. The girl is being hunted and only Stella knows by what.
I almost opted to skip Laerka, despite the really intriguing cover. Something about the format of the blurb just seemed a little odd to me. Describing a “foreigner” as exotic also seems a little off for the times.
Either way, I ultimately decided to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. This was a really creepy and engaging story of two girls with some well developed fantastical elements. The mystery behind the story and the relationship between the two girls is what will keep you turning pages. There are a few points where the pacing slows a bit, but I didn’t mind.
I’ll be on the look out for more from Bendloy in the future!