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 amazing! The whole book was filled with magic and excitement and anticipation. There was a surprise in every chapter and it kept me on my toes till the very end.
I loved so many things about Fear the Drowning Deep. Firstly, the names. Oh my gosh, the names. I love them so much. And I can’t forget the nicknames like Bridey-bird… they add such a special touch to the writing! But seriously, look at these beauties:
Don’t you just love them!! Those are some of my favorites.
Secondly, I loved the setting and the use of Manx (a Gaelic language). It all feels so authentic, and brings the story to life. The Isle of Man sounds absolutely stunning, and makes me want to visit so badly (besides, you know, what’s in the water). Also, like I said, Manx is such a beautiful language, and a few sayings are worked expertly into the story, such as how to say “Hello” or “Good morning”.
Moghrey mie – Hello/Good morning in Manx Gaelic
Thirdly, I loved how the plot unfolded. It didn’t feel forced at all, instead it felt like the events were unfolding… like dominoes toppling over. And when the ending came (which did a wonderful job of tying up all the loose ends), I just wanted more. I still want more!
Fear the Drowning Deep was an easy and fun read, and I definitely recommend reading it! I am giving the book five out of five stars! I can’t wait to read more from Sarah Glenn Marsh!