Review: Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 304

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 is a real gem of a book. It is a fascinating mix of history and fantasy, taking place in the early 1900's on the Isle of Man, which has become the hunting grounds of a sea monster that has been luring villagers to their watery deaths.

This story is mainly about Bridey Corkill and her relationship with the sea. She has hated the sea ever since she saw her Grandpa drown in it. Since then she won't go near it or eat anything from it. This seems a bit complicated seeing as they are a village whose livelihoods depend on the sea.

She is the only one who really seems to know what's going on with the sea. She becomes kind of a social pariah when she tries to tell people, they think she's crazy. Paired with the fact that she's apprenticed to the village 'witch', there are a lot of whispers about her. I respect that she doesn't let that bother her. She cares more about the well-being of the people whispering about her than she cares about their whispers.

Besides Bridey's relationship with the sea, I loved her relationship with her family. It's so refreshing to see a whole, fully functional family in YA. Bridey has both of her parents and three sisters, all of whom are actually present in her life. I love how caring and supportive they are of each other. 

I kind of thought that the romance in this book was going to be a love triangle in the beginning. It seems like there are two love interests in the beginning, but one of them totally gets dropped like a hot potato.

I liked the romance in this book. It was maybe a little bit cheesy, but I thought that Fynn and Bridey were cute together. I liked how much they trusted each other and cared about each other.

The rest of the relationships in this book are refreshing too. Bridey has two good friends and they have their ups and downs, but overall, they have strong friendships that I enjoyed. I also enjoyed the relationship that Bridey formed with Morag, the village witch that she's apprenticed to. Bridey seemed so rude to her in the beginning, but by the end they work together so well!

I loved the setting of this book. I had never heard of the Isle of Man before reading this book. It sounds lovely. I loved all the Manx terms/words included in the book. I loved the customs and superstitions. I loved what this setting added to this story.

If I was going to say I had any problems with this book, I think my main problem would be the open ending of this book. I personally kind of hate open endings. The other thing I thought was that the climax was maybe not as climactic as I was hoping it would be. But that could also be attributed to the fact that it took me like three weeks to read this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The setting was amazing, the relationships were amazing, the story was amazing. I would highly recommend this book if you like a little history and a little fantasy!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?


  1. I loved this book so I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it! I'm really hoping that Sarah will at least write a short story to give me some more closure with how this book ended XD Great review!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. Umm.. yes to the closure. Open ended books drive me absolutely freaking nuts. Especially that one!!!! UGH! Maybe I don't want the closure though because it could possibly not go the way that I want it to.


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