Today I am bringing ‘The Secret Deep,’ blog tour to a close with my review of this intriguing debut from Lindsay Galvin. When Aster wakes on a tropical island she is confused and distraught, her mind is full of questions. Where is she? How did she get here? And most importantly where is her younger sister, Poppy? Her last memories are blurred all she can remember is being on a boat with her aunt and other members of the eco-village where she was sent to live after the death of her mother. Nothing makes sense, she can’t think clearly but she feels the answers to all of her questions may lie beneath the sea. But nothing can prepare her for the secrets and revelations that she will uncover in her search for her sister and the truth.
Compelling and disturbing in equal measures, ‘The Secret Deep,’ left me feeling unsettled and anxious in the very best of ways. Lindsay has created a story filled with many layers of mystery that are gradually revealed as the story develops. Each time the reader really doesn’t believe that the reality can be any more shocking yet we continue to be surprised as the pieces of the puzzle slot together. The story sensitively deals with Aster’s all consuming grief examining the physical and emotional torment of her pain and confusion at trying to make sense of the world without her mother in. You become so emotionally involved with Aster’s struggle to find her sister and you feel the inextricable ties that hold her and Poppy together radiating through the pages. Beautifully written and superbly told this is a truly original and spellbinding debut, perfect for teens seeking breath-taking new dystopian adventure.
Lindsay Galvin was raised in a house of stories, music, and love of the sea, and now lives on the Sussex coast with her husband and two sons. She has a degree in English Language and Literature and teaches science. The Secret Deep is her first novel. You can find out more about Lindsay by visiting her website or follow her on Twitter.
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Thank you to Laura and Chicken House for sending me a copy of this marvellous book and for inviting me to join in with the blog tour. ‘The Secret Deep,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.