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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780883102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780883106
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TJ Barry was born to Irish immigrant parents. One of eight children, Barry grew up in the UK market town of Northampton. After a management consulting career with PwC, Deloitte, and Accenture Barry took up writing fiction full-time in 2010. A published writer published while as a university student, "When the Siren Calls," was released in 2012.

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A pacy, racy romance novel that simultaneously feels like a critique of a particular social scene. --Tom Fletcher, author of 'The Leaping'

Grabs you by the throat from the start. --Kathleen Patel, Amazon Books

The sex scenes in 'When the Siren Calls' are vital, pacy, and never gross or uncomfortable - as the annual Bad Sex Awards shows, this is rare in fiction. --Matthew Branton, author of 'The Love Parade '

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My attention was caught instantly as I was lured into this tantalizingly tempting book, where fast-paced drama combined with an intricately woven detailed narrative astonishes. I am so impressed by Tom Barry whose work is quite remarkable with such stunning, fluidity of prose and fresh originality. The cleverly crafted concoction of romance and sex amidst a truth-drawing perspective on life is exquisite as you instantly connect with such meaningful, intense storytelling. Full of dry wit, electric tension and spine-tingling sensational moments this page-turner was outstanding and had me glued to the pages for hours! Amidst the poignant clarity and acutely graphic realism, is an enriching perspective and insight on life.

When restless and neglected Isobel is invited to join an idyllic Tuscan retreat owned by the enigmatic Jay, she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. As a result of this she abandons herself in a passionate affair, but is soon trapped in a web of deception and betrayal as her desperate lover fights for survival...Hopelessly bound under Jay's spell, Isobel must discover whether he is her savior, or her nemesis.

This exciting, nail-bitingly gripping read is totally brilliant and which swept me away as I lost myself utterly and completely within Isobel and Jay's heated passionate saga. Heart-pounding, stirring and powerfully dramatic this stunning novel takes you on a sweeping journey of the inner workings of the heart and is an acute character-study. The power of love versus the dynamic feverish bolt of lust are two distinct emotions that continue to amaze; as both lust and love alters and defines our lives in such a way as to become the catalyst for great change - as shown in Isobel's story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yummy Mummy of Headcorn on 21 Nov. 2012
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When The Siren Calls was, for me, the perfect escapism from the grey British weather and the daily routine. In fact, I thought it was so ideal for 30-something women (like Isobel - the lead female role in WTSC) that I recommended it to my book group and they're now all reading it (and enjoying it immensely according to the text messages I've been getting from them telling me they've gone to bed early to catch up on the latest happenings in Tuscany!).

This is categorised as a 'romantic business thriller' and it has its fair share of steamy scenes, but all are extremely well written and most definitely not over-the-top. I found myself wishing Isobel would just shake her husband and wake him from his perpetual work daydream, but in the end she didn't need to, he did that all by himself. I'm still unsure whether he actually cheated on her, whether he knew about her love affair with Jay (I think he did on both counts) or why she didn't prolong her time with Jay, but I think she made the right decision in the end. I never really warmed to Jay, although think he must be a fairly troubled soul and imagined him to look like Robert Pattinson...but then again, anyone vaguely gorgeous in a novel these days seems to be R-Patz in my mind! This is the fun thing about this book though and a question I'll be asking the girls at the book group: who would play Jay Brooke in the WTSC film? Other questions will be: Have you ever considered if you're on the right path? Would you be as brave as Isobel and give up the life she was expected to lead, if you were in her circumstances?

I loved 50 Shades of Grey and this has been compared to that, although I think, personally, the fact that it has been written by a man and an Irish born man now living in England, makes it even better...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By r j askew on 17 Nov. 2012
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Isobel is a rich Surrey housewife adrift in the world of 'husbands, airports and business'. She has it all yet has nothing.

Peter, her alpha male husband, pays more attention to his phone and doing deals for his high powered international business clients than he does to her.

A chance encounter with a suave stranger who saves her from a sticky situation in a Marakesh souk leads Isobel on a sexual and romantic adventure that turns her life on its head.

Egged on by Maria, her adulterous confidante, Isobel swallows her scruples to embark on a steamy affair with Jay, another but very different sort of wheeler-dealer buziness man to her ice-man husband.

Tom Barry's WHEN THE SIREN CALLS chronciles Isobel's erotic liberation and subsequent fall as the net of lies she plunges into closes in around her.

The story-telling is strong throughout with the romantic lives of the players set against the fortunes of a decidedly questionable time-share complex in Tuscany.

The characters are skillfully drawn, especially Isobel, who felt very real in her hopes, ways, flaws and responses.

A couple of the chapters were also richly witty, farcical almost as the characters sought to further their romantic hopes and dreams.

And sex. There is plenty of sex. But this is not primarily an erotic of sexual story because the sex always feels secondary to the charachters' quests for fulfilment. Lucy, the most overtly sexiest player of all wants marriage and children. The main men, Peter, Jay and Andy, are motivated as much by winning their business power plays as by sex. Indeed, the story is as much about male power as sex. But then don't men seek power as a means to achieve sex, too?
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