Title: Fear the Drowning Deep
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: October 4th 2016
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 an e-ARC from the publisher for this blog tour. This does not affect my opinion whatsoever nor was I compensated in any way.
Fear the Drowning Deep is about Bridey Corkill — a girl who lives on the Isle of Man and has a deathly fear of the sea after watching her grandfather walk straight off a cliff and into the sea with a smile on his face. Strange and terrifying things start to happen in their little town when an unknown girl’s body washes up on their shore and a few days later, a boy who’s still alive but with life threatening gashes to his abdomen.
I like Bridey. She’s strong and smart with so much courage to go up against things that she’s terrified of. She can most definitely see past the surface of a person and get to know them as they truly are. She is also flawed in ways that made her really relatable and likeable to me.
Fynn, the main love interest, was definitely cute and strange. Also, he’s apparently very good looking. He’s very mysterious throughout the novel and it definitely made me curious as to who he really was, since he had lost his memory when he washed up on the shore. Despite his flaws, I can see what Bridey likes and sees in him.
I was definitely hooked (Haaa. unintentional pun) on this novel and it was so easy to read and get caught up in this world of sea creatures and slight magic. It reminds me a little of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper that I also enjoyed. I really liked all the lore and the mention of different sea creatures that came up in this novel. Magic doesn’t permeate the world in this novel and it really only touches upon it in a way that makes it seem like, maybe this could be real. While the ending wasn’t as I would have hoped, it was satisfying and left me with some hope for Bridey and Fynn and their town.
Overall, Fear the Drowning Deep is a mysterious novel filled with magic and sea creatures. It’s a fun read that I breezed through and had me hooked, wanting to know more.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.
When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.
Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallenduology, and several picture books.