Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea



You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.


I was incredibly excited to read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea from the get-go. It has a beautiful cover that drew me in immediately and the first line of the synopsis “You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand” made me think, put this book in my hands right now.  The idea of falling for the Devil, or someone evil is fascinating to me. But I had reservations about this book shortly after Chapter 1 ended.

I know, River West is mysterious, creepy, and hot but Violet immediately falls in love with him. After reading the entire book, I can understand why that might of happened, but insta-love is a huge turn off for me and there was no lead-in to it, which I found really odd. That being said, I was fascinated by River and the things that happened around him. He was my favorite character in the book even though he did some unsavory (and very weird) things.

I had two issues with this book, the biggest being Violet herself.  Violet was quirky to the point of being pretentious. She was knowledgeable about art and literature, she wore her deceased grandmother’s clothing, and the whole town thinks that although poor, that she is a snob. She bored me and while reading I wanted to find one interesting to pop out about Violet’s personality, but she was flat and didn’t change much the course of the book. Even if I don’t like the main female character in a novel, I like her to be interesting at the very least.

The second was the end. I’m not going to go into detail, but it felt out of place for me.

During one point in the book (fairly early on), the entire town’s worth of children got a mob mentality and were running around a cemetery with sharpened stakes. Creepy? Yes. I would have loved to see more things like this in the book. The creepy factor is what kept me reading and engaged and wanting more and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea had plenty of creepy moments.. After the book was over I still wanted to read about more creepy and off the wall things, which made this a decent read in my book.

3.5 / 5 Stars

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