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Review by Suze
It's 1913 and Bridey lives on the Isle of Man. She dreams about leaving and wants to get away as soon as she can. The waters around the island are full of dangerous creatures and Bridey is afraid of them. She witnessed something lure her granddad away and the sea took him from her family forever. She hasn't been able to get over it and doesn't want to get close to the water. Young girls suddenly start to disappear and Bridey thinks the creatures of the sea are back again.
Bridey finds work with a local witch. People shun her because of who she is, but Bridey knows there is truth in the witch's words. The sea doesn't only take, it also gives. When a wounded young man washes ashore Bridey brings him home. He's lost his memory and she names him Fynn. In exchange for her family's hospitality he teaches Bridey about the water and tries to help her conquer her fears. Who can watch over the girls of the island and how will Bridey protect herself and her loved ones from the lure of the sea?
Bridey is a strong girl. She can do anything she wants to do and forms her own opinions. She isn't afraid to truly see, which is an admirable quality. She lives on a remote island and would love to experience more of the world and discover places like London and Paris. She wants to make her own future and I loved that about her. I really enjoyed reading about her adventures and one of the most interesting of them is the discovery of a boy on the beach. Fynn is a blank slate. He doesn't know who he is or where he's from, which makes him mysterious and fascinating. The bond between him and Bridey is strong and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to them. Sarah Glenn Marsh makes their story worthwhile and I was hooked from the start.
Fear the Drowning Deep is a fantastic book. Sarah Glenn Marsh's writing is both beautiful and enchanting. She perfectly captures the atmosphere of the time. It was great to read about daily life on a small island and the main characters all have their own intriguing story. The book reads like a fairytale and the magic of the sea and the islanders made me fall in love with it immediately. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting. It's a mesmerizing novel with plenty of surprising twists and turns and a brilliant adrenaline rush at the end.
Sarah Glenn Marsh knows how to tell a good story. Fear the Drowning Deep has it all, frightening creatures, a dark deep sea that has a lot of secrets, meaningful connections and a plenty of tension. The past, the present and the future are equally important, which is something else I absolutely loved. The story is gripping, romantic and spellbinding. Fear the Drowning Deep is a definite treasure and I think it's a book that should be reread again and again.