Fear The Drowning Deep [Book Review]

Fear The Drowning Deep [Book Review]
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Title: Fear the Drowning Deep
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published Date: 11th October 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thank you to SST Tours
for the review copy*

Synopsis: Witch’s
apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her
granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls
in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that
whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the
Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no
one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch,
who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad
Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in
Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a
mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches
Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric
witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover
the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk
into the sea, never to return.

Review: Fear the Drowning Deep was a novel I went into without quite knowing what to
expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the vivid world building and this eerily
creepy sea story we have going on in this novel. It was the first of this
author, and I really do hope this won’t be the last.
Immediately, the writing
style sucked me in. I’m someone who goes on and on about writing style, but to
me it really does make a big difference as to whether or not I’ll be able to
enjoy the novel. I read this one in the space of only a few sittings because
whenever I did sit down to read it; I didn’t want to stop reading. All I wanted
to do was keep turning those pages, and I think Marsh’s writing style
contributed to that quite a lot.

The novel is quite slow
moving, which may bother some people. It’s a slow and steady story, that gets
brewing right from the beginning but takes its time in letting the plot really
kick in. It doesn’t mean that there is no suspense – there definitely is. It’s
just the kind that happens over a few pages and makes you all the more eager to
get to the end. The novel slowly adds in factors which raise the suspense. Oh,
and most novels only have one issue that the protagonist needs to overcome, or
one monster for them to defeat. Well, not this novel. There’s more than one,
which just adds all the more to the story!
Manx (the place where the
novel is set) made me originally think of an old age Ireland in the past. I
wasn’t quite on point but I wasn’t too far away either. It’s set on the Isle of
Man, in the past, during the time where no one wore shoes and fishing was the
big deal. The author mentions in her note that if there was anywhere where
music would happen, it would be there. I’ve never been blessed with the chance
to visit the Isle of Man yet but one day I would like to. The descriptions made
me imagine the sea salt in the air and the close-knit community of the island
easily. There’s no way for me to better put the atmosphere and the setting of
the novel as anything except I truly felt as if I was there!

The characters had me
feeling a little mixed. The main character, Bridey, was done incredibly well. I
could feel her raw energy and how much she cared about her friends. At first,
she’s worried about her appearances to other people and during the course of
the novel she starts to value her friendships and family more than that. Fynn
is the mysterious boy who turns up on the island without any memory of his past
or who he was. He was so caring and gentle that I couldn’t do anything but like
his character. But as for the rest – the secondary characters and the family –
I did like them well enough, but there wasn’t as much depth as I would have
wanted to experience in a cast of secondary characters.

Sometimes the novel was a
little too bizarre for me… and that means it was so strange that I couldn’t
fully comprehend it as realistic. Even if that ‘realistic’ is in terms of a
magical or paranormal world. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it does
to me. I tried 😀

Anyway, this book was
still a really good read. I kept turning pages and after not having read for a
while, it was good to be so absorbed in a book as I was in this one. ^.^

Gif Summary: 

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: Do you
like the ocean? Why/why not?

Olivia-Savannah x

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