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Review: The Dark Deep by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs

The Darkdeep is a fabulous start to what, I’m sure, will be a wonderful series. While this book has certain mystery elements that are resolved, what I loved about it was that it has such potential for growth. There are all these aspects that are brought up that you know are going to be dealt with in the future.


When a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland over the edge of a cliff into the icy waters of Still Cove, where no one ever goes, friends Tyler and Ella – and even ‘cool kid’ Opal -rush to his rescue… only to discover an island hidden in the swirling mists below.

Shrouded by dense trees and murky tides, the island appears uninhabited, although the kids can’t quite shake the feeling that something about it is off. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat with an array of curiosities inside: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to places they’ve never heard of, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable.

As the group delves deeper into the unknown, their discoveries – and their lives -begin to intertwine in weird and creepy ways. Something ancient has awakened… and it knows their wishes and dreams – and their darkest, most terrible secrets. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy things that lurk within their own hearts?


book review darkdeep ally condie brendan reichs(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

At the heart of The Darkdeep is story about friendship. Not only is it about forgiveness, but it’s about second chances and seeing unknow depths about a person. Can our friendships help us become better people? At the same time, there is an undeniable eeriness, especially to the Darkdeep, as they call it. The concept of our manifestations, our figments becoming real could be my worst nightmare.

There are all these added layers, like the environmental concerns over endangered owls, and the unemployed members of the community, as well the very real dilemma of a community that could be on the brink of collapse. While all of these pieces of the puzzle aren’t clicked in yet in this book, this first part of the series has a lot to offer as a taste for more.

The Darkdeep asks each of us about our hidden depths, sides we don’t show anyone, and secrets from ourselves. When we are confronted with our deepest fears and our recent obsessions, how do we react? While the main story is propelled by mystery, the friends, and their friendship, is the true key that keeps you reading. And I know this series will just keep getting better and better.

Find The Darkdeep on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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