When the Siren Calls

ABOUT Tom Barry

tom barry
Five things about me… -       one of eight kids, lifestory is the classic immigrant tale of seeking to live up to parental expectations, while working to mark out your own trail. -       I have aspects of an obsessive personality, establishing a work-life balance was a majo More...


A story of seduction, deception and betrayal...

When wealthy but neglected Isobel is invited to an idyllic Tuscan retreat by the cool and confident 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.

Witty and smattered with the best sort of irony, with twists and turns that keep you guessing, When the Siren Calls is a sensual and moving emotional drama that titillates the senses while racing along like a Grisham thriller. The novel will appeal to fans of romantic suspense and to suspense and thriller readers in general.

Ever feared that life is passing you by? That instead of living a life true to yourself, you life the life that family and friends expect? If so, that's how I once was, working like a machine instead of following my passion. Maybe that was the inspiration for the heroine in When the Siren Calls. She may be wealthy and privileged, but she is married to a workaholic more interested in his emails than his wife's emotional needs. When her stranger comes into her life that treats her like a princess, what's a girl to do? She's married, he's married; he's got as much to lose as she has...or has he?“When The Siren Calls is a sexy, seductive book. There is love, betrayal, infidelity and unexpected twists. There is so much going on, its like watching a really good movie. It’s brilliant.” Books and Reviews

“When The Siren Calls is a sexy, seductive book. There is love, betrayal, infidelity and unexpected twists.  There is so much going on, its like watching a really good movie. It’s brilliant.” Books and Reviews

“…A story that promises to titilate the senses. A sexually-unfulfilled wife in a tricky situation and a handsome stranger coming to her rescue in exotic, dangerous Marrakech. What more could you want to escape the global problems we’re faced with every day in the media. Give me good old escapism any time.”
Alana Woods, author, Imbroglio

“Wow- Lady Chatterley meets Christian Grey ! 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.” - Stephanie J Hale, author, ‘Millionaire Women, Millionaire You.’

“ A pacy, racy, romance novel that simultaneously feels like a critique of a particular social scene. The prose is very strong technically, and the characters are comprehensive and believable. Isobel is an effective and sympathetic protagonist, and her story is compelling.”  – Tom Fletcher, author, ‘The Leaping’

“Witty, often deliciously self-conscious and smattered with the best sort of irony, When the Siren Calls is both seductive and funny. If ‘humourotica’ is a genre then Tom Barry is its king; if it does not yet exist then he is its creator.” – Book Connoisseur.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the way the strands come together as the novel pushes towards climax. –  Matthew Branton, author,  ’The Love Parade’.

“I loved this book! I am recommending it to all my friends who love smart, sensual stories with twists that keep you guessing.” – Erin Potter, Shamrock Editing.

“This story grabs you by the throat from the start. The opening scene is every woman’s nightmare.” Kathleen Patel, Amazon Books.

“The story drips with sexual tension, teasing you along with the promise of more to come. This is a book about craving and desire and the narrative has that in abundance…” - manicsurrealist

“Truly excellent writing and this is clearly a winning example of the genre: sultry and dangerous. The pacing is great – a rollercoaster ride from the beginning, as the neglected Isobel goes from one reckless moment to another.” -  smj

“The setting is vivid and alive. I could smell the mint tea and the bazaar spices and feel the oppressive sellers.” - AlexMMartin

“It captured my attention immediately and kept me interested.”  - rayfs

“It flows easily. Attractive, lonely, neglected married woman discovers her own slumbering sexuality and finds it almost insatiable.” -   ROSS4

“The characters come across as real people with hopes and desires.” - greenman

“A nicely styleised and provocative piece of writing, well paced with intelligently drawn characters and an excellent setting.” - pdepaor

“I became totally engrossed in the story from the start. The build-up of tension is well-paced and very real – my adrenaline flowed. This is likely not the book to read last thing at night if one has insomnia.” - Rita

“This was fantastic. The pace was fabulous,” - Chhimi10

“There’s a hint of menace and danger from the opening page. The author then skilfully toys with your expectations.” - sjh

“A finely crafted piece of work. The pace was just right and had me right there in the souk with its graphic description.” - jaebell