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When the Siren CallsWhen the Siren Calls

Tom Barry

  • Relationship Tales
  • Provocative Prose

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Why I wrote this book

Fiction readers want to be transported to times, places and events where they can lose themselves in stories about heroes they can identify with, who triumph against the odds and who change and grow in the process; but most of all readers want to be entertained. When the Siren Calls is the story of two driven characters –Isobel and Jay – and their passionate and cathartic affair. It pits low morals against high ideals and asks searching questions about what life and money can do to love.

When asked which three authors’ work would you compare your writing to? Tom said; 'DH Lawrence was an early influence and fans of Lady Chatterley’s lover will recognise parallels in the motivations of Constance Chatterley and Isobel. Fans of Jeffrey Archer will enjoy the fast-paced story telling style, and readers of Tom Wolfe may see the book as a critique of a privileged and decadent lifestyle.'


When restless and neglected Isobel is invited to an idyllic Tuscan retreat, owned by the enigmatic Jay, she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. Despite fear and guilt, she abandons herself in a passionate love affair, but is soon trapped in a web of feminine manipulation, business intrigue, and ruthless ambition, while controlling Jay encourages conservative Isobel to push beyond her sexual boundaries. But all is not as it seems in the hilltop paradise and as her lover battles for survival, she finds herself a player in a dangerous love triangle. Unable to know who she can trust, she must fight to control both her own cravings and to save what little of herself is left. As her life falls apart, she is torn between the consequences of infidelity, her love for Jay, and fear that he will be her nemesis. For both Isobel and Jay, the excesses and confusions of an uncertain and largely amoral age are about to be brought home to roost, right in the heart of their lives.


Tom Fletcher, author, The Leaping, Quercus 2011
"A pacy, racy, romance novel that simultaneously feels like a critique of a particular social scene"

Matthew Branton, author, The Love Parade, Bloomsbury 2002
"I thoroughly enjoyed the way the strands come together as the novel pushes towards climax.”

Stephanie J Hale, author, Millionaire Women, Millionaire You, Troubador 2010.
"Tom Barry has a strong sense of irony and a nose for unearthing what lies beneath the civilised facades we present to the world. It’'s exciting to find a new writer who tells life like it is, but with a delectable twist of romance, sex and humour."

About the Author

Tom Barry After 20 years as a management consultant with Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC, where persuasive writing was a key skill, TOM BARRY now writes full time. Tom is passionate about nurturing young talent, and works with the Brit Writers’ Awards to promote creative writing at school level. He divides his time between London and San Diego, and is also a lover of Tuscany, the setting for When the Siren Calls.

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320 pages


Tom Barry


Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing

Publication date

1st November 2012

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