Sunday 9 April 2017

Fear the Drowning Deep

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn March (Sky Pony Press) HB RRP $24.99
ISBN 9781510703483

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

This is a debut novel by an American author. Set on an island in 1913, it is about sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill who longs to leave and see the world; the farther from the sea, the better. When Bridey was young, she witnessed something lure her granddad off a cliff and into a watery grave with a smile on his face. Those haunting memories are dredged to the surface when a young woman is found drowned on the beach. Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her Granddad to leap has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, people in Bridey’s idyllic village begin vanishing, and she finds an injured boy on the shore, an outsider who can’t remember who he is or where he’s from. Bridey’s family takes him in so he can rest and heal. In exchange for saving his life, he teaches Bridey how to master her fear of the water; in the process, he steals her heart.

However, something sinister is lurking in the deep, and Bridey must gather her courage to figure out who or what is plaguing her village, and find a way to stop it before
she loses everyone she loves.

This is a well-written book which is sure to be enjoyed by readers aged 11 years and over.

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