ARC Review: Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

FearDrowningDeepFear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Published by Sky Pony Press on October 4, 2016

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Mythology

Pages: 310 Format: eARC Source: Edelweiss

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: 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.

I acquired this ARC from the publisher on Edelweiss. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.


A dead body washing up on the beach begins Sarah Glenn Marsh’s tale of Bridey Corkill and her journey to face the fierceness of the sea. Now with townspeople vanishing and ancient horrors prowling the depths, will Bridey be able to save the people she loves before they’re lost forever? Fear the Drowning Deep was such an excellent read and here are five reasons I loved it!


Five Reasons to Adore Fear the Drowning Deep

  1. The first word that came to mind when reading this story was ATMOSPHERIC! Marsh created such a wonderfully strange, mysterious tale that sucked me right in. Each and every piece of storytelling added to the ambiance and the writing was exquisite.
  2. Listen, I live for history and mythology so this one was a perfect fit. From the 1913 setting to the legends with Celtic and Norse origins, the reader is treated to not only intriguing sea creatures but also an interesting life on a small isle.
  3. Mystery! Mystery! Mystery! Dead bodies washing up on shore and people going missing are only the beginning of the strange things taking place on the Isle of Man. Bridey still yearns to figure out her grandfather’s death and a job with the local witch only brings more questions than answers. Who doesn’t love a good mystery, right?
  4. I also fell hard for these characters, especially Bridey and Fynn. Bridey’s love and care for her family and friends is so tremendous and endearing. To face her fears, it would definitely need to be strong. And Fynn, sweet Fynn. He unexpectedly comes into the Corkill’s lives and just fits right in despite what outsiders might think.
  5. Oh gosh can I travel to the Isle of Man now? Marsh does such an exceptional job of describing this wonderful place that I have a new top destination. From the waves crashing against the shore to the wind whipping around the high cliffs, it was as if I was standing right next to the characters.

Overall I really loved Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh. It was a beautifully descriptive and unique story filled with interesting characters and I couldn’t have asked for more. The writing conveyed every single detail with eloquence and ease and I fell so deeply into these pages. I definitely recommend everyone dive into this book and experience Bridey’s Isle of Man first hand.

So are you excited for Fear the Drowning Deep? Do you enjoy piecing a mystery together? What books do you consider atmospheric? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

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