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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Book 1

By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Haunting gothic horror novel is a devil of a tale.

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BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA is an atmospheric, lyrical novel from debut author April Genevieve Tucholke. The plot moves quickly and is filled with secrets and paranormal elements. Violet and River are both fascinating, likable characters. However, River has a dark side, and Violet questions her feelings for him throughout the book. Readers will also question Violet's choices and decisions regarding him. Her relationships with her brother and her friend Sunshine are realistic and add to the story. The descriptions in the book are top-notch and reminiscent of gothic horror classics like Dracula, Rebecca, Jayne Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Mystery of the Haunted Pool. The novel ends with a cliffhanger that will leave readers wondering what happens next to Violet, River, and the other characters.

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