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BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA is the story of a 17-year-old girl who lives with her brother in an old mansion on the sea. Her parents are off in Europe pursuing their art. And to make ends meet, she decides to rent out their guesthouse. But when a handsome 17-year-old boy that she can't seem to stop liking moves in, strange, creepy things start happening around town.
The book is exceptionally well written. The voice is darling and I fell immediately in love with it. And it's just so...atmospheric. Well, well done for those who appreciate language and a good scary story.
The cover is just breathtaking. The font of the title just jumps out at you. The two people standing on the edge of the cliff with the darkness behind them is just....amazing. This is most defintely one of my most favorite covers of this year!!
I read the synposis of this book and was just in awe. April Tucholke weaves a dark, seductive, creepy story in a way that holds the readers attention until the last page. The descriptions writtin in this book of the scenery makes you feel as though you are right there on the side of the cliff experiencing every horrific moment with them.
Even the main characters names: Violet and River....Those names were so perfectly placed in this story. There is just something about their names that grab you and bring you into this story. There is so much mystery and intensity in this novel.
"You stop fearing the Devil when you're holding his hand."
Violet meets River, a mysterious young boy who has rented her grandmother's cottage that is beside her mansion on the cliff. Violet is immediately drawn to River and introduces him to her friends. This is where it all begins. There is so much horror and mystery in this novel and I was completeyl consumed with it. Breathtaking is the only word that best fits this novel.
April Genevieve Tucholke is an author that should be on your "to follow list" because she is phenomenal. She is a debut author that breaks into all the parts of the horror genre that you never knew were there....The history and descriptions that she uses in her writing is spot on. There is so much about this book that is incredible from the stories about The Devil that her grandmother told her to the family secrets that have been hidden away for too long.....
I am telling you...I cannot rave enough about this book...I will wait on pins and needles until I can get my hands on the sequel. I absolutely cant wait to see where APril Genevieve Tucholke takes this riveting, horrifying story. Phenomenal...Just phenomenal.....
"The dead are all around us, Freddie used to say. So don't you go being afraid of the dead, Violet, And if you arent afraid of the dead, then you aren't afraid of dying. And if you aren't afraid of dying, then the only damn thing you have to be afraid of is the Devil. And that is the way it should be...."
April Genevieve Tucholkie
My "in a nutshell" summary...
A crumbling old mansion, abandoned teen twins and a mysterious stranger! Yum!
My thoughts after reading this book...
OMG...be still my heart. I don't think anyone can resist River...let alone a troubled teenage girl. I am...right now...craving the exact same eggs River made for Violet. Yum! Then enter Violet's twin brother Luke...and later on River's brother Neely...and much later Brodie...fire eyed red haired evil as sin...Brodie!
There is a lot of badness attached to River's glow...a lot of death and dying and all throughout this book...we think one brother is responsible for everything bad and evil...but is he really?
Just to clarify...a boy comes to town...and everything changes. The changes are not good ones. When the glow overtakes River...the things he does are really bad and really awful!
How can I explain the glow...hmm...sort of a power that enables River to make others do what he wants them to do...
What I loved about this book...
The concept of " the devil" was really appealing. River seems as though he is the bad guy. He seems to do despicable things. People die...there are secrets...Violet is not able to resist River's "glow" . She and her brother live alone with their own secrets and it just leads to mayhem.
The crumbling mansion that Luke and Violet lived in without their wandering parents was such an important part of this book. I felt as though I was there...opening trunks, unearthing secrets...wearing their grandmothers's clothes. The books, the trunks, the crosses, the paintings...the big old kitchen...all were lovely...old...decrepit...but still quite lovely.
My final thoughts about this book...
I loved this book..it was scary, intense, and very character driven. I loved Violet and Freddie even though Freddie was never alive during the book. The story was intense...I was never once bored with it...it was descriptive and scary and so different...one of my most favorite books this year.