Title: Fear The Drowning Deep
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publication Date: October 11th 2016
I was kindly sent a review copy from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
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.
Fear The Drowning Deep has an atmospheric, haunting and eerie quality which is sure to appeal to fans of magical realism. I am a fan of the genre because I like the blurring of the lines between reality and fantasy.
We follow Bridey Corkall as she attempts to uncover the mystery of recent deaths and disappearances in her village and how it ties into her Grandpa’s drowning which she witnessed as a child. She also has to figure out who the young man is that she rescued from the sea and from the brink of death and how he fits into the scheme of things and all this amidst the suspicion of her fellow villagers who are already convinced she’s strange.
I loved the whole idea of this book and it brought to mind Neil Gaiman’s books but I definitely had some problems with the overall execution of the plot. I felt like this had so much potential which wasn’t fully realised. It all remained too superficial and the characters, except for the main character, and overall storyline lacked sufficient depth.
I liked the setting and the author did a great job of bringing this coastal village with its lore and magical aspects to life. I could clearly visualise this quaint, seemingly stuck in time place and its inhabitants as well as the sea-creatures described and had no problem believing that the lines between reality and fantasy could be blurred there. I also liked the coming of age aspect in regards to Bridey as she finds love and experience her first kiss. It had an essence of innocence and sweetness which should appeal to teens.
Overall, I enjoyed this quick, atmospheric read and would recommend it to fans of Neil Gaiman or Rebecca Hahn. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and hopefully a sequel to this story.
About The Author
She lives, writes, and paints things in Virginia, supported by her husband and four senior greyhounds.
If she could, she’d adopt ALL THE ANIMALS.