Published by Sky Pony Press on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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 received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Fear the Drowning Deep was an unexpected book for me, from its writing style to the amazing plot. This book was hauntingly good, and it captured my attention from the start till the very end. It described every single scene to the very last detail and this made me craft out the story inside my mind, and to me, that made it all the more haunting and spine-chilling. Don’t worry, you guys, this isn’t a horror book, but Fear the Drowning Deep dealt with some social issues that we’re pretty much familiar with, such as a human’s ignorance to opinions from people who are inferior to them.
Bridey, the main character, called out to me since the very first page because I felt like her character relates to every teenager out there. Brave, a little bit reckless, and being looked down upon, Bridey was the child in us. The one person who the adults would never take seriously. I mean, how many of us has tried to bring up an important issue with adult, be it your family member or anyone, and ended up being pushed aside with our “childish notions”?
That being said, I feel that everyone should give this book a try, whether it’s in your comfort zone or not. Everyone needs to read this book. Trust me, guys, YOU NEED TO. Fear the Drowning Deep is gorgeously written with lush details and I love the little bit of haunting-ness that Sarah has given to Isle of Man.