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"You know what’s great about Rigney’s horror-ific (that’s horror-filled and terrific), hysterical debut novel? Besides the bloodthirsty merfolk, our antihero protagonist is an overweight, drunk, subpar mother, who also happens to be a funeral director. I can’t even describe the premise of this book without getting giddy, because how many times does a plot involve both vicious mermaids and Rhode Island colonists?" 
--Nicole Hill, Barnes & Noble Book Blog

"Rigney has struck gold with her first novel. It’s humorous — hysterical at times — descriptive and has a nice flow to it." 
--Bobby Forrand, Motif Magazine

"WAKING THE MERROW is a horrifying, addictive, and intriguing twist on the mermaid legend, and takes the reader on a bone-chilling ride through colonial and current times in Rhode Island. This is a fabulous debut novel by Heather Rigney. Read it if you dare."
--Penny Watson, Bestselling Author of APPLES SHOULD BE RED

"In the essence of Stephen King and Clive Barker who are Ms. Rigney's inspiration she manages to thrill and scare with the best of them … I was hooked from the very first page and while I was scared at times I also couldn't wait to turn the page and find out what happened next. Written as a historical thriller the book does not disappoint at all."
 --John Brownstone, reviewer, MasqueradeCrew.com

"WOW... I mean, seriously WOW. I could not put this book down … I usually try and find something critical to say about the writing or the story itself, but I can honestly say there is not a single negative thing I can offer about Waking the Merrow. It's an absolutely brilliant novel and I can't wait for the next book by this truly amazing author." 
--Suzy Turner, author of THE RAVEN SAGA

"WAKING THE MERROW by Heather Rigney is a thrilling debut! Razor-sharp wit, sparkling prose, and a quirky, hard-luck anti-heroine make this fun, frightening, and completely unique twist on mermaid lore. A must-read."--Carolyn Crane, author of  THE DISILLUSIONISTS

"I absolutely loved WAKING THE MERROW … Heather’s writing is very descriptive. Her female heroine, Evie, is someone I could be friends with. I laughed so hard at some of her quips my husband asked if I was all right. I am looking forward to more in this series." 
--JKROWYN, book reviewer for BittenByBooks.com

"This book contains several of my favorite things: monster lit, the ocean, a choice of monster that’s not like every other book or movie out there, mythology, Gaelic/Celtic stuff, and New England."
 --Bella, Boombabyreviews.com

"WAKING THE MERROW is a delightfully dark fantasy that stirs in colonial history and some eerily fun mythology. Heather Rigney is doing what she's meant to do, and her story will have you laughing all along the way even as the scariest of creatures stalk this plot. I cannot recommend this sassy, dark, intelligent book enough. It's not every day you find yourself rooting for a cantankerous heroine with a hangover, but I think Evie McFagan can and will win you over." 
--Emm Cole, author of MERMINIA


2016 Winner of the Wishing Shelf Book Award


Providence Journal Interview (Providence, RI)
WADK radio Interview (Newport, RI)
Beauty in Ruins
Motif Magazine (Providence, RI)
Fiction Dreams


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“A prickly and memorable protagonist fights to protect her family from wily merfolk in this promising debut contemporary fantasy.”

Waking The Merrow
(The Merrow Trilogy, Book 1)

In 1772, angry Rhode Island colonists set fire to a British ship, sparking the American Revolution. Taxation without representation was a motivator. So was the vengeful, man-eating mermaid who had it out for the commanding officer. 

That was then. This is now. 

Mermaids, or merrow, still hunt in Narragansett Bay, but these days they keep a lower profile. At night, centuries-old Nomia seduces smutty frat boys, lures them into icy waters, and feeds them to her voracious kin. By day, she and her half-breed daughter attempt to blend in at the coastal Village Playground. But Nomia slips up. She makes a friend. Then she makes that friend disappear, and someone notices. 

Thirty-something Evie McFagan just wants to make it through working motherhood. But she’s a blistering stew of issues—snarky alcoholic and a friendless funeral director who just witnessed Nomia dismembering a guy at the nearby yacht club. When Evie believes a mermaid stole her baby, who will help? The merrow of Ireland? Or maybe anti-hero Evie will surprise everyone, including herself, and summon the strength to save her own family. 

Intertwining the stories of two primordial families with the colonial history of Narragansett Bay, Waking the Merrow is a dark historical fantasy.


The Merrow Trilogy