Today I get to share my review of Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley! I am so thrilled to be part of this blog tour!
This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind
I’ve read one book by Cath Crowley before and that was Graffiti Moon. I simply adored Graffiti Moon so I had high hopes for Words in Deep Blue. And thankfully those hopes were met! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and cannot wait to read more from Cath Crowley! Unfortunately due to Uni assignments this won’t be a long review but I hope I can show you how much I loved this book still!
The writing in this novel is simply beautiful. I loved how the whole story just seemed to flow effortlessly. Also having the letters woven throughout the book was wonderful to read. It added a bit of an extra ‘kick’, especially since the letters weren’t only between our main characters. I kept wanting to skip ahead to see who was writing the mystery letters to George, Henry’s sister. I felt a lot more connected to the characters of the novel through these letters, they are like behind the scenes looks at everyone.
The only small issue I had with Words in Deep Blue were our main characters Rachel and Henry. In the beginning of the novel I just didn’t connect with either of them. I know Rachel was still grieving for her brother but I just didn’t feel that hard hitting grief as much as I could have. And Henry, well Henry just annoyed me at times. He was too wishy-washy for my liking, but I suppose that is realistic to people in general when they believe they love or are meant to be with someone. I am happy to say as I kept reading I found that I did grow towards both Rachel and Henry which was a definite plus!
The romance was quite sweet to read. I enjoyed seeing Rachel break out of her grief a bit and let herself go, as well as Henry wising up to what was in front of him. However, this was not the only romance happening in the book. And once you find out what I mean by this you’ll understand why I was in tears during a certain part of this book! You definitely get all the feels in Words in Deep Blue!
The secondary characters really added depth to Words in Deep Blue. I enjoyed seeing that the world was still going round for everyone else in the novel and didn’t just stand still because we were focused on Rachel and Henry.
Words in Deep Blue is an amazing novel! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it originally and in no way was I let down. If you are looking for a book full of complex characters, a love of books, letters and poetry then this is for you!
Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for the review copy!
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia