Fear the Drowning Deep – Almost Worth Drowning For

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Spoiler Free Review

4 / 5 stars

Title: Fear the Drowning Deep

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Genre: YA Magical Realism/Historical Fiction

Release Date:  4th October 2016

Format: eARC

Source: eARC provided by Fantastic Flying Book Club

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A Summary (Cheers, 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.


So I don’t really know how to classify this book. It was a mix of historical fiction, romance, and magical realism. And I enjoyed every page.


This novel was a super fast-paced, one-sitting read. The writing was fast-paced, beautiful and easy-to-read. The magical realism elements (hello, creepy ocean?!) were done extremely well, and were dark and mysterious.

The book definitely followed a set plot, but I felt that we saw some great character development, not only from Bridey (the main character), but other side characters too. I really loved seeing the mythology and folklore of faeries and monsters entwined with the rest of the story.

Bridey and her family had a fantastic, positive dynamic that I enjoyed reading about, as I love seeing families explored in YA novels. The world-building made it feel so realistic, and I felt so sucked into the world that when the book ended I was a little sad and just wanted more.

As I mentioned before, this was a one-sitting book. And I think it would be the perfect book hangover or reading slump cure.

Also, the super cute guy in this story, Fynn…I want one just like him (sort of…)!


About Sarah

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.

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