Submerged in Words in Deep Blue

*Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review- but the “omgs I loved this” you’re about to see is all me*

words in deep blueOh. My. God. This. Book. Was. So. Good. Really, I’ve been struggling to find the words to review it ever since I read it. From the outset, Words in Deep Blue set off my waterworks and broke my heart over and over again. I spent most of this book crying, because this is such an authentic portrayal of grief. The main character, Rachel, has lost her brother a year earlier and the agony of that falls in waves upon the reader throughout the narrative. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a simple story of loss however- it is a haunting portrayal of all the little heartbreaks that come with being parted from a loved one and at the same time is a life affirming reflection on the impact an individual can have on the world.

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Me, the whole way through this book

Exploring the subject of transmigration with some striking plotting, the book is more than a little profound. Crowley set up the theory subtly from the start and by the end circles back to the idea. It is incredibly well thought out: the subject is reflected in every facet of the book and seeing the full picture at the end gave me tingles. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I could not get over how cleverly the book plays with time, returning to the beginning at the novel’s conclusion in a way that can only be described as a stroke of genius. And WOW- those last few lines summarised how I felt about the whole book.

The writing is, in no uncertain terms, wonderful. I very much enjoyed having the words wash over me. A lot of this took place in a bookshop and not only did the setting allow for some interesting visitors into the story, I also appreciated the connection this created with wider literature. There were some cool interlocking moments to other books and great references. Plus, this added to the already significant message of inter-connectivity.

That, in turn, made the dual perspectives work particularly well here. The overlap between the two narratives blended together beautifully and helped enhance the romantic elements. Of course, the miscommunication between the characters also made me pretty emotional (I did say I spent most of the book crying 😉 ) and I was crazy invested in their relationship. The characters were so brilliantly drawn that I easily connected with each of their voices. Rachel was tremendously empathetic and on the other end of the spectrum Henry provided some much needed laugh out loud comic relief at times. Plus, it wasn’t just about the main characters here- the side characters were equally vivid. I became just as invested in the character arc for Henry’s sister. In fact, it added layers to the trauma of the narrative, even though I knew where it was going all along.

Overall, this was a gorgeous, worthwhile read. I had some idea from Kat’s *fantastic* review (which prompted me to request it) that this was going to be something special… and yet I still couldn’t have predicted how much this would touch me. If you have ever experienced grief, you must read it. If you ever expect to go through something like this, you must read it. So that’s everyone: YOU MUST READ IT.

Rating: 5/5 bananas

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So have you read this? What did you think of it? And do you plan to read it? Let me know in the comments!

67 thoughts on “Submerged in Words in Deep Blue

  1. Fantastic review, and well said! I bought the audiobook for this and listened to it earlier in the year, and it was brilliantly done. I was in tears throughout it as well. Just such a gorgeous book. Definitely everyone should read it! ❤

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  2. This book looks so good! I might need to avoid grief and loss books for a while yet, though. My dad passed away last year. Then three months later my best-buddy dog did too. I’m okay now but maybe will wait on this book.

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  3. Ooh, I’ve heard rave reviews about this one! I skipped reading most of this review just because I like to go in with zero knowledge about that books I’m sure to love, but I’m so glad to hear that you loved this book! (Oh, and that it made you cry; that’s a sure-fire way to know if a book is amazing haha) 😉 ❤


  4. I somehow got a copy of this book last year from my librarian when she was accidentally sent extra multiple copies and had no room. Now I am definitely going to have to pick it up. Great review!


  5. I read this book last summer and I remember liking it a lot. It didn’t wow me back then but now I want to re-read it again!! Emotional ridden, great review!!


  6. I’m sold, excellent review.
    I love character driving books and this sounds some a great emotional read I could get easily invested in. Adding it to my TBR list, thanks for bringing to my attention. 😊❤️

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  7. Fantastic review! I am so happy that you loved this book so much and that it made you so emotional! I read it (also thanks to Kat, she has the best recommendations haha) and I am so glad I did, it made me very emotional as well and I loved the characters so much ❤

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  8. Great review! This one sounds like one I’d have to be in just the right mood to make it through, those heart wrenchers can really wear one out.


  9. This was such a beautiful review and I think you found all the right words to describe the beauty and sadness of this book. I am so glad (and proud) that I played a role in getting you to read this book 😀

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  10. Oh brilliant review for this book. I’ve had Words in Deep Blue on my to-read list ever since I saw Kat’s and Marie’s reviews for it, it sounds like an incredible book, and your review has made me remember it’s on my TBR list and want to move it up so I can get around to it sooner. I feel like this will be a book that made me cry but every so often you need a book that breaks you right? 🙂
    Again great review! 🙂 ❤

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  11. This book has been on my radar for a while now (again, thanks to Kat), and I am so eager to read it, but at the same time, I don’t think I’ll ever be prepared for the emotional punches I’ll be hit by. I was going to read it while I was on my travels, but I don’t want to be a blubbering mess in public haha.

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  12. Sooo, this is a BYOT (Bring your own tissues) kind of book? 🙂 It’s great to see how much you loved this book and how everything was just well done. Stories with grief come with their own risks but being able to connect to characters is the answer! Great review! 🙂


  13. I saw a lot of bloggers mentioning they got this ARC, and it was also on a lot of Waiting For Wednesdays last year, but yours is the first review I have seen for it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The story sounds interesting. 📚


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