Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, by April Genevieve Tucholke
Jennifer D. shares this review:
Violet is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Not in the idiomatic sense – she’s not torn between two equally unpleasant options – but in a more literal sense. Violet and her brother live in a dilapidated cliff-side mansion, abandoned by their art aficionado parents to fend for themselves in their sleepy Maine town. The devil has just moved into their guesthouse. Ok, maybe not the actual devil. But River West is definitely not good for Violet.
Echo, Maine is a town that seems frozen in the past. People want to get out, not move in. When River comes to town, Violet is instantly drawn to him. He’s cultured, mysterious, and attractive. His arrival also seems to herald a string of strange occurrences in Echo. Strange might be an understatement. Echo quickly becomes a place that could fit in among Stephen King’s Derry, Jerusalem’s Lot, and Castle Rock.
The timing of River’s arrival in Echo and the town’s sudden turn to the dark can’t be just a coincidence. River is almost certainly tied to recent events, but as the horror amps up, so too does Violet’s relationship with River. Is River doing the devil’s work, or is this devil not so black as he is painted?
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