Today’s review is on Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.
When I first picked this book up I did not know what to expect. I had heard several BookTubers talk about it and it sounded intriguing, but at the same time I am not a big fan of contemporary because often they are too light and fluffy, and even formulaic. However, I was drawn by the fact that the plot centers around a bookstore and writing letters in books to each other so I had to at least give it a try.
Words in Deep Blue is about Rachel who left a note for her best friend and crush Henry Jones in his favorite book in his family’s book store before she moved. Now it is several years later and Rachel moves back to the city and she is forced to work with Henry, who she has cut out of her life because he never responded to her letter. And she is also dealing with the recent death of her brother. Henry is dealing with a flighty girlfriend and has no idea what the future has in store for him. Together Henry and Rachel work together in his family’s bookstore, which is on the verge of closing, and slowly start to get to know each other again.
I really enjoyed this book. Even though it dealt with death and grief, it also added ironic humor to the mix which made it relatable. There were several great one liners where I had a good laugh because I felt like it was an apt description of my life right now. However, when it was dealing with Rachel’s grief over the death of her brother it was sobering. I really loved the writing style it was just a perfect blend of humor and seriousness that it made the book a great read! (Just a note: there is some bad language, for those who don’t like that kind of thing).
I loved Rachel and Henry and how the novel showed their parallel stories even though they interact with each other a lot. I also enjoyed Henry’s sister George who said a lot of the one-liners that I previously mentioned. She definitely provided the comic relief in the story, but she was still a well-rounded character. I liked Martin, even though he isn’t as fleshed out as the other three characters.
Another aspect that I liked about the novel was the letters that are found by the characters and even written by the characters throughout the novel, it added an extra touch to the plot.
I felt like Cath Crowley did a great job of handling grief and trying to move on months after the fact. And it was also set in Australia which is awesome!
I am giving Words in Deep Blue 5/5 stars because I really enjoyed it and it has definitely made my favorite books of 2017 list.
Janelle L. C.