October 30, 2016

SST Blog Tour: Fear the Drowning Deep | ARC Review

fearthedrowningdeepFear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Published by Sky Pony Press on October 11th 2016
Pages: 304

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.


I will be the first to admit that the thing that drew me to Fear the Drowning Deep was the cover. I read the synopsis but I still didn’t really know what I was getting into when I opened the book. Was it realistic? Was it realistic fiction? What was this beautiful book about?

What I Loved:

I absolutely love the Isle of Man, the setting of Fear of the Drowning Deep. From the very first sentence, I was hooked on this spooky sea town and the mystery that haunted the protagonist Bridey.

The characters have strong voices, believable in their troubles and triumphs, and undeniably realistic in ways that I haven’t read in a while. You can tell that Marsh did her homework because I could see each and every character as if they were from the Isle of the Man. Bridey is compassionate and feels the loss of her grandfather even to this day and the mystery that surrounds his death. It hasrealistically given her a case of PTSD in a time that sort of thing was not known nor talked about. I felt so strongly for her at time.

I will also point out, I did mention it earlier, but I want to specifically make a point to commend Marsh’s ability to put in detail that make me feel like I’m right along with her. This goes especially for the language used; Manx. I had never heard of this language and had to look it up right away. I love when books send me into research mode and I can learn something from it!

What I Didn’t Like:

I did not feel the love between Bridey and Lugh. I can understand the want to experience something but I feel that Bridey in her heart wanted to experience life and it seemed that Lugh did not understand that. It felt at times that he shrugged off her need to do her exploring (when she mentioned it) and if someone cannot love you for what you want, then come on. It was forced and I felt like she needed someone that understood that her staying on the island was her choice and loved her even if she stayed or didn’t.


Lastly, I would like to say that this wasn’t my normal read. I tend to stay away from realistic books and stay pretty in my element of fantasy. This book had just enough fantasy to pull me through. The mystery of the book started me reading, but Marsh’s writing and her beautiful prose.

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