REVIEW: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley


“The past is with me; the present is here. The future is unmapped and changeable. Ours for the imagining: spreading out before us. Sunlight filled, deep blue, and the darkness.”

Every once in a while, a book comes along that is so beautifully written, and holds so much meaning, one cannot help but to savor the words on each page, underlining and highlighting passages with undeniable meaning and feeling. For me, Words in Deep Blue was that book. Crowley’s words crawled off the page and burrowed into my soul.

While it may seem that Words in Deep Blue is just another YA contemporary about two young people finding love after a lose, it is truly a story about books and the power of words.  Taking place in and around a small second hand bookstore called Howling Books, Words in Deep Blue tells the story of Rachel and her best friend Henry. Three years ago, Rachel moved to the coast, leaving a letter confessing her love for Henry tucked into the pages of his favorite book. Though, due to circumstances beyond her control, Henry never receives the letter.

Now Rachel is back in town, reeling from the death of her younger brother, and trying to piece her life back together without him. Angry at Henry and fighting unrequited love, Rachel finds herself again losing herself within the stacks of Howling Books. Corresponding through letters tucked between the pages of books, both Henry and Rachel begin to heal and learn more about the power of words.

“Words do matter. They’re not pointless. If they were pointless then they couldn’t start revolutions and they wouldn’t change history and they wouldn’t be the things that you think about every night before you go to sleep.”

Words in Deep Blue is beautifully written, pulling the reader into the pages and surrounding them with raw beauty.  Both devastatingly sad, and uplifting at the same time, Crowley’s novel deserves all the stars. This book was filled with the perfect amount of angst, and the characters were wonderfully multiple dimensional, leaping off of the pages and charming my socks off. These were characters I wanted to know in real life. I would give anything to grab a cup of coffee, find a comfy chair, and curl up among the stacks in Howling Books.

This is the first book I’ve read by Cath Crowley and I thought it was a debut. However after a bit of research, I see that she does have a small back list I will be checking out soon. If you haven’t read Words in Deep Blue, do not hesitate to give this one a try. You will not be disappointed!

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