[Book Tour] Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh


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.


From this first page I knew that Fear the Drowning Deep would be unique. With a twist of witchcraft and mythology, Fear the Drowning Deep is charming, thrilling, and just gorgeous. The writing is what I loved most about it. The lush detailed descriptions interwoven throughout the book made me look at my writing and thought, how mundane. 

One thing that I found surprising was the history incorporated in this book. The ending is open to interpretation. Which I am glad for a number of reasons, spoilerly too. 

I really liked Bridey. Her determination to find out what is happening to the everyone in town even though many believe that nothing is wrong is admirable. I loved the paradox between Bridey and the ocean. Her fear of the ocean has haunted her since her grandfather's death but throughout the book she has to set aside her fears in order to discover the truth of what is really going on. 

Overall Fear the Drowning Deep is 5 stars for me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About the Author:

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.


1 comment:

  1. Ohhhhhh an open to interpretation ending? Color me intrigued :D