“Sonia Faruqi had me at the word ‘mermaid.’ The Oyster Thief creates a lush, imaginary underwater world that somehow manages to reinforce the reality of the need for environmental awareness—it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read.
Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper

The Oyster Thief deftly weaves a mermaid’s tale while bringing real and urgent ocean conservation issues to the reader’s attention.”
Dr. Sylvia Earle, award-winning ocean scientist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence

“Sonia Faruqi has created an imaginative, fast-paced adventure with a strong theme of ocean conservation.”
Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows

The Oyster Thief is a wildly imaginative journey on land and in the ocean that will have you anxiously turning pages late into the night to discover the fate of Coralline and Izar—and the underwater world itself. Beautifully written and emotionally complex.”
Julie McElwain, author of A Murder in Time


“A stand-out in the current crop of books about merfolk is The Oyster Thief, the fiction debut of Sonia Faruqi. In its own way, The Oyster Thief is an activist tale too…. The charm of this beguiling novel is in all the details of the underwater world that Faruqi has dreamed up.”
The Globe and Mail

“Faruqi creates an ecologically informed and whimsically imagined underwater culture as the setting for her magical mermaid-human love story. Adult fans of movies such as The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo will find The Oyster Thief delightful.”
Publishers Weekly

The Oyster Thief is a richly realized underwater tale….[about] the importance of honoring your own radiance. It truly shines.”
Toronto Star 

I wrote an article about ocean science and conservation in The Ecologist, a world-leading environmental affairs platform based in the UK. Here’s a sentence from it: “Over the course of writing The Oyster Thief, I started to think of the ocean as not just a giant ecosystem, but a giant organism.”
The Ecologist

“Faruqi weaves science and environmental conservation facts into a fascinating tale of love, drama, and intrigue. It’s a fable for modern times.”
Desi News



“I absolutely adored The Oyster Thief! I cannot recommend it enough… I couldn’t put it down. Faruqi is a gifted storyteller, and I was captivated by the story and by the world she’s created. It was a rich and imaginative fantasy adventure.”
Literary Treats

“I found the novel truly enchanting throughout.”
Pop Culture Bandit

The Oyster Thief was a beautiful story. Sonia Faruqi built up an incredible world through poignant and fluid writing.”
Nerd Daily

“This book is dreamy, refreshing, and heartening.”
Read with Sam

“There isn’t often a book that both successfully educates as well as entertains, but The Oyster Thief manages to do both deftly. It a marvelous escape that features beautiful storytelling, engaging readers in a world unlike any other.”
Don’t Forget Your Boots

The Oyster Thief is a great adventure story with memorable characters.”
Kristin Kraves Books

The Oyster Thief creates a world like no other.”
Biblio Files

“This book is a beautifully written story of an underwater adventure.”
Books on the Bookshelf

“Faruqi’s writing really shines through the description of her setting.”
Biblio Virgo

“The book had rich world building and beautiful language throughout.”
Thrifty Bibliophile

“Faruqi’s beautifully written story is a charming invitation into marine biodiversity.”
Lori’s Book Loft

Author Interviews

I did an author interview with Book Time. Here is a fun fact from the interview: “Half of the Earth’s surface is the deep sea, which commences at about 5,000 below the surface (or one mile). Much of the deep sea is a greater mystery to mankind than the moon.”

I did an enjoyable author interview with Flavia the Bibliophile, in which I answered questions from the perspective of Coralline, the protagonist in The Oyster Thief.

I did further interviews with The Qwillery and Krimsuun Pages, in which I touched upon the story, setting, and characters of The Oyster Thief.

Guest Posts

I elaborated on my writing process in the UK blog We Heart Writing. Here is a sentence from the piece: “In addition to relying on my firsthand experiences, I read books and hundreds of articles relating to the ocean.”

I also wrote a guest post for UK blogs Between the Lines and Chick Lit Club a diary entry of Coralline!

I discussed mermaids in human culture and imagination on the Adventures in YA Fiction blog.


I had a chat about The Oyster Thief with Golden State Media Concepts Book Review podcast, based in California. Sarah Meckler, the book reviewer, states in her description of the book: “Faruqi has created a beautiful, intricate and extremely well thought-out underwater world…. In addition, there is a strong theme of ocean conservation which flows seamlessly throughout the story.”
—GSMC Book Review

I enjoyed talking about nature writer Rachel Carson and the ocean on the Book Riot podcast.
Book Riot 

Reader Reviews

The Oyster Thief is garnering plenty of praise among readers. I have copied one of my favorite reader reviews below. Visit The Oyster Thief on Goodreads and Amazon for the latest in reader reviews.

“This book is a gem. I cannot praise this book enough. How would I categorize it? A love story. An environmental tale. A mystery. A suspense novel. A book about friendship. A story of finding your true purpose in life. Any of these would accurately describe The Oyster Thief, but none of them do the book justice. The author, Sonia Faruqi, has not only written a captivating story about environmental threats to the ocean (an important and timely topic), but also created an underwater world that feels as real and believable as our above-water world. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN.”
—Michelle Roberts

Social Media

The Oyster Thief is viral on social media! I am sharing here some of the most beautiful and creative photos posted of the book. Visit me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for live updates.

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