Title: Fear the Drowning Deep
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Published by: Sky Pony Press
Publishing date: October 11th 2016
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Historical Fiction
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 was a captivating tale with an atmosphere that was mysterious and spooky and that made the story feel incredibly unique. The mythological aspect and the traditions of the Isle of Man also made this book fascinating and they gave the story a magical feeling that’s not like anything I have read before. The writing style went perfectly with the story; the descriptions were written particularly well, and they were never boring or pointless, they helped create that eerie and unsettling atmosphere, which was one of the strongest parts of this book.
The characters were interesting, and by the time I finished reading the book, I was hoping that it was longer, so I could know more about them. I loved the fact that family played such a key role in the book; I particularly enjoyed the relationships Bridey had with each of her sisters. I love books with strong relationship between female characters and I love the fact that lately there are more authors, like Sarah Glenn Marsh, willing to write about that kind of relationships. Going back to the characters of the book, I was really intrigued by Morag; she was a very mysterious and complex character, and I was actually very surprised when the truth about her story was revealed.
My only little issue with this book was that the romance was not entirely believable; actually, it was a bit instalovey. Even if the romantic relationship was not the strongest part of the story, it didn’t take that much away from it either; even when it was a very prominent part of the book. I think it didn’t take away from the story, because at the end, even if it started out of nowhere, it developed and there were a lot of sweet moments.
The finale confrontation was not very dramatic, but I think it went well with the whole style of the book. Also, one of my favorite parts was the epilogue; I loved the fact that the book maintained the mysterious tone until the end.