Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Pub: 2013

Strange things begin to occur when a stranger rents Violet’s family’s guest house in the sleepy, seaside town of Echo.

Opening line:

You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand.

This book has been on my to-read shelf for awhile, as it was marketed as a Gothic horror and compared with Daphne du Maurier. The atmosphere and descriptions were spot-on. Gorgeous. Deep and beautiful and rich. There was mystery and a creeping fear of… something that you couldn’t quite put your finger on. And even once you found out what was going on, there were unanswered questions and you weren’t sure when people were lying.

And then I was disappointed. I’m not even sure how to express it without getting spoiler-y, but essentially, it turned too gory, too ridiculous, too Twilight-esque for me. (Run, Violet, run and don’t look back!)

Heads up: some language, some sexual references, rather descriptive violence/gore


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