Author: Nicoel Lesperance
Released: September 13, 2022
Received: Own (OwlCrate)
Warnings: Drowning, stalking, controlling behavior
Ohhh. Magical plants and waters? Yes, please! The Depths, written by Nicole Lesperance, is a YA paranormal read with slight horror vibes. In other words, it sounds like it is exactly up my alley. Let’s dive in! (Pun intended – sorry).
Addie Spencer dreams of becoming one of the best free divers around. Unfortunately, a horrible accident while diving has paused her dreams. To make matters worse, Addie is now getting dragged along on vacation to an island – where she can’t dive. Salt in the wound.
Her frustration with the trip begins to wane. First, she finds an intriguing boy out in the woods. Then she finds magical waters that quite literally take all pain away. Finding a ghost sort of crossed a line for Addie, but by then, she was too invested in the island’s mystery.
“There’s a video of me dying on the internet, and I can’t stop watching it. My mother says it’s morbid, and I need to stop.”
The above quote is the first line of the book. How can you not be curious about a line like that? But seriously, The Depths sucked me right in, promising a tale of magical wonders and dark horrors on an island.
We certainly got all that – and then some. The premise itself is pretty fascinating. We have a girl that loves free diving (something that sounds both beautiful and terrifying, if you ask me) – who can’t safely do so. Her body has betrayed her, and now an island surrounded by idyllic water mocks her.
Honestly, if we had left it at that, I would have found it an interesting enough novel. Sad, but interesting. Throwing magic and lore into the mix made it all the better. Mostly, I think this novel succeeded because it took its time telling us the truth. There was something about it that made it impossible to look away. Was it the ghost girls or something else?
In a way, I was sad when The Depths ended. All things considered, while I enjoyed the ending, I actually think the build-up to that big moment was far stronger. Again, the mystery itself had a lot to do with the compelling nature of this read. Still, I don’t regret reading it! Or finishing it.