Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

Cover44395 mediumBetween The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

By April G. Tucholke

4/5 stars


Official Blurb:

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White's sleepy, seaside town . . . until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet's crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Violet's grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who likes coffee and who kisses you in a cemetery . . . Violet's already so knee-deep in love, she can't see straight. And that's just how River likes it.

Our  Review 

I really enjoyed the laissez-faire attitude of this tale. The author references such tales as Huckleberry Finn not only by name but also by mood and feeling. The reader experiences the long hot summer, filled with adventure, revelations, and the transformation of child into adult. By the end of this novel we are, not so much convinced that violet has ‘put away childish things’, as that she has accepted she can no longer experience the world from the innocence of childhood. The adventure is dark, the humour is deep, the romance is twisted and unsure.

That said there are elements of this story that were irritating. The severity of the situations Violet found herself in, were dealt with in a way that was too detached. The repercussions of the events in the story were almost non-existent and seem to fall away into forget along with the summer. At times, the descriptive detail took away from the action, especially when the tension rises and yet, by the end I wanted to hold a second book in my hand and begin again.


Overall, an enjoyable and recommended read. 

(Thanks to Author/Publisher/Netgalley for review copy)

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