Media Reviews

“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

Toronto Star review and more media forthcoming.


“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

Blog Reviews

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

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

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


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. The podcast link will be uploaded here when available.

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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