As a reader I am one of those who is either totally captivated by a book, reading from cover to cover even if it takes all night, or I read the first few pages, get bored and go straight to the end. In recent years it has tended far too often to be straight to the end, but in the case of Shell Song I couldn't put the book down. The characters and story are beautifully and intelligently developed, and I found myself very quickly drawn into the story of Melusine. Shell Song seems to communicate on more than one level; I was held spellbound by the weaving and twisting of the plot which held several surprises. This is a clever, sensitive, and enthralling book, fresh and original to read, and for me will bear more than one reading. Highly recommended if you like Sci-fi, and highly recommended if you are not sure and want to dip you toe into this genre.